Tuesday, July 9, 2013

[Book Review] How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

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 Rating: 4/5
 Learning Level: 4/5
 Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Development
Book Review:

  I picked up this book out of my curiosity to learn to ‘measure your life’. But, a lot of this book is business content, e.g., how to set the goal, how to allocate resource to the execute the goal, and so on. So, I would say this book is a bit of misnomer. If you are interested solely in ‘measuring your personal life’, this book might not be good for you.
         But this book is not all about the business. The authors show how the principles can be applied to business as well as personal life. After reading this book, I found out that one of my purpose in life would be to help others improve their self-esteem. What would be yours?
The audiobook version is narrated by Jeff Woodman. He reads every single word very clearly and slowly. It is easy to follow, and get engaged when reading this book. 


  • There are three important things in any execution: Resource, process, and priority. 
  • Your life consists of your career, your family and friends, and your personal life. 
  • Good planning is important. But you need to be flexible to unanticipated events.
  • When doing a project, list all assumptions. Ask yourself, which one needs to prove true. Investigate that one intently.
  • Find the job to be done. Help people get the job done.
  • Thrown a challenge and let others solve it themselves. You should teach them how to think, not what to do.   

Table of Contents

  • Prologue 
    • Chapter 1: Just Because You Have Feathers...
  • Section I Finding Happiness in Your Career 
    • Chapter 2: What Makes Us Tick 
    • Chapter 3: The Balance of Calculation and Serendipity 
    • Chapter 4: Your Strategy Is Not What You Say It Is
  • Section II Finding Happiness in Your Relationships
    • Chapter 5 The Ticking Clock 
    • Chapter 6 What Job Did You Hire That Milkshake For? 
    • Chapter 7 Sailing Your Kids on Theseus's Ship
    • Chapter 8 The Schools of Experience 
    • Chapter 9 The Invisible Hand Inside Your Family 
  • Section III Staying Out of Jail
    • Chapter 10 Just This Once...
  • Epilogue 
  • Acknowledgments
Book or Audiobooks?

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].

There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into audible.com. You can keep downloading the over and over again.

  About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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