Defining success, learning how to achieve it and feeling satisfied with the resultsall in a world where nothing ever seems to be enoughare the challenges addressed by the authors of this volume. Nash and Stevens, both of the Harvard Business School, believe that "everyone seems to be struggling with the Tantalus effect. This mythological character was punished with an eternal, raging thirst." As they point out, such constant striving means perpetual stress and no contentment. Per their definition, success isnt measured by money alone; it involves four pillars of professional and personal life: happiness, achievement, significance and legacy. Illustrating their ideas with real examples (of both celebrities and non-celebrities), as well as with the ponderings of a few ancient philosophers, the authors explain what these pillars mean, how to define them for oneself, why "going for the max" is dangerous and how to calibrate ones own version of "just enough." Though the prose seems excessively wordy for a book teaching readers how to eliminate excess, the topic is interesting and well researchedand likely to strike a chord with people juggling many demands in a fast-paced, success-hungry society.
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Excellent book on trying to balance life. Would definitely recommend for Type A personality people. Haven't finished it yet, but feel that it is an excellent book thus far.Published on April 3, 2013 by Jon
In March 2004, Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson wrote Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life, a Harvard Business School publication that provides a... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by jm
Everyone wants to succeed. But in a world where corporate CEOs carve out multimillion dollar contracts and Britney Spears is front-page news, society's view of success is entirely... Read morePublished on December 27, 2005 by Rolf Dobelli
Nash and Stevenson suggest us a nice wisdom that all of us can apply in our lives. Especially, this book reminds us how to balance our lives between materialistic value and eternal... Read morePublished on June 10, 2005 by Jong Hee Jo
Even as we are constantly being pulled in several directions due to competing responsibilities, we all struggle to achieve balance in our lives. Read morePublished on April 25, 2005 by Mohit Misra
"Just Enough" is more than enough: A turgid, pretentious, strident, and wholly unoriginal piece of work. Read morePublished on July 13, 2004 by Robert Stearns
Authors have an excellent framework for considering these issues.
They seem to address the book to the "power and money mad" reader. Read more