Friday, September 20, 2013

Purpose


          Purpose is one of the most important things, in company and in life. It influences the impact you make and the legacy you leave behind.
Purpose consists of three components:

  1. Likeness: which defines what you like or what you want to become
  2. Commitment: which helps you become what you want to be
  3. Metrics: which helps you measure how much you have done to contribute to your goal, and how far you are from the goal.


“... management is among the most noble of professions, if it is practiced well... [Management] helps other learn and grow, takes responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contributes to a success of a team.”

The Importance of Purpose in Life

In the long run, purpose is arguably the most important thing in life. It takes time and effort to figure what your purpose is. But it will worth your time.
In time of frustration, everything presses you. And, you can’t focus on anything but yourself just to get through the situation. But, no matter how much you try nothing seems to work. You will feel like the more you try the worse the situation becomes. Soon, you will be consumed by despair.
This is why you need to have a clear purpose. At time of despair, try to focus on the purpose rather than yourself. You’ll be amazed how life suddenly becomes meaningful. And, you will be happy again.

My Purposes?

By reading this book, I know that one of my purpose will be

To help others improve self-esteem

And, I will measure my success by

The number of people I have helped and how much impact my help have on each of them.  


Source: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon
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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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