Clayton M. Christensen
ISBN: 0062102419
Read: 12/14/2016
Pages: 240
Rating: 7.5/10
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Reading Ease: Reading Time:6 hours

Applying lessons and learnings from the theory of the human endeavor to help you prioritize and cultivate purpose based on personal metrics that actually matter. The author leaves you with deep questions that seem, like homework, in the form of lifework. The examples were framed around business situations to help organize the problems and apply the relevant theories in personal situations and in making important life decisions. How you will measure your life, hopes you will live life with more intent, and the book had a very empathetic and pragmatic tone creating the space to think deeply about the questions. I loved the emphasis on process, character building, focusing on values and using them as your compass.

Notetable Quotes

“It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.”Clayton M. Christensen
“If you defer investing your time and energy until you see that you need to, chances are it will already be too late.”Clayton M. Christensen
“In your life, there are going to be constant demands for your time and attention. How are you going to decide which of those demands gets resources? The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams loudest, and their talent to whatever offers them the fastest reward. That’s a dangerous way to build a strategy.”Clayton M. Christensen

Motivations to Read

If you want to get better at something, it helps to measure it, so you can manage it. Now how do you go about measuring your life? That question and the title of the book peaked my curiosity to understand Christensen's perspective on the topic.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Conversation around, How can I be sure that I'll find satisfaction in my career?
  • How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness?
  • How can I avoid compromising my integrity—and stay out of jail?
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