Tuesday, September 24, 2013

[Quote] How Will You Measure Your Life

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          “If we can’t see beyond what’s close by, we’re relying on chance on the current of life to guide us. Good theory helps people steer to good decisions, not just in business but in life too.” 
“The problem is that what we think matters most in our job often doesn’t align with what will really make us happy.” 
“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.”
“True motivation is getting people to do something because they want to do it.”
“The pursuit of money can at best mitigate the frustration in your career.”
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
“In the end, a strategy is nothing but good intention unless it’s effectively implemented.”
“To understand the company’s strategy, look at what they actually do, rather than what they say they’ll do.”--Andrew Grove, Intel CEO and co-founder.
“In my experience, high-achievers focus a great deal on becoming the persons they want to be at work, and far too little on the persons they wanna be at home.”
“Getting something wrong doesn’t mean you fail. Instead, you just learn what doesn’t work.”
“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationship with our family and our close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives. They worth fighting for.”
“There is no one right answer for all circumstances. You have to start by understanding the job the customer is trying to have done.”
“More important, the jobs that you spouse is trying to do are often very different from the jobs that you think she should want to do.”
“Thinking about your relationships from the perspective of the job to be done is the best way to understand what’s important to the people who mean the most to you. It allows you to develop true empathy.
Asking yourself ‘what job does my spouse most need me to do?’ give you ability to think about it in the right unit of analysis.”
“In sacrificing for something worthwhile, you deeply strengthen your commitment to it.”
“Never outsource the future.”
“Self-esteem--the sense of I’m not afraid to confront this problem and  I think I can solve it--doesn’t come from abundant resources. Rather, self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it’s hard to do.”
“Children learn when they are ready to learn, and not when we are ready to teach them.”
“The important thing for a parent is, as always, to never give up. Never stop trying to help your children getting the right experiences to prepare them for life.”
“... if they are not occasionally failing, then they are not aiming high enough.”
“Everyone knows how to celebrate success. But you should also celebrate failure if it’s a result of a child striving for an out of reach goal.”
“Culture in any organization is formed through repetition.”
“You have to consciously work through the years your children are young to help them see success in the things you want to be a part of your culture.”
“Thinking on a marginal basis can be very very dangerous.”
“The boundary, your personal moral line, is powerful, because you don’t  cross it.”
“... 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.” 

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