- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740722018
- ISBN-13: 978-0740722011
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art of Achievement: Mastering the 7 C's of Success in Business and Life Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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About the Author
Tom Morris has become one of the most active business speakers in America with clients that include General Motors, Merrill Lynch, IBM, the U.S. Air Force, MBNA Bank, and International Paper. He has published 12 books, includingIf Aristotle Ran General Motors, True Success, and Philosophy for Dummies. A former professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, he is now Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values in Wilmington, N.C.
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It's ultimately about making our mark in this world by mastering some of the most effective tools that have ever been devised for creative and fulfilling achievement." ~ Tom Morris from The Art of Achievement
I was introduced to this book by a friend and mentor of mine, John Mackey (the CEO of Whole Foods). John is one of my deepest inspirations to live my ideals and create cool stuff that can make a true difference in the world. So, when he recommends an author/book, I pay attention.
With a Ph.D. from Yale in both Philosophy and Religion, Morris was one of the most popular professors at the University of Notre Dame before dedicating himself to his pursuits as an author, speaker, consultant and chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values. His books blend the intellectual rigor of a former philosophy professor with the fun, uber-practical advice of a wise uncle. I love it.
Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. The 7 Cs of Success - A road map to true success.
2. Telos & Targets - From Aristotle to you.
3. Competence & Confidence - One is the foundation of the other.
4. Courage & Confidence - The virtuous means.
5. Shortcuts & Magic - Ignore, please.
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The book is structured around 7 conditions that Morris sees as helpful to the achievement of any goal one might set for himself. These 7 conditions are a Clear Conception, Confidence, Concentrated Effort, Consistency, Commitment, Character and the Capacity to Enjoy the process. Each part of the book fleshes out exactly what each of these conditions entails. Here are some of my favorite quotes. From the section on a Clear Conception, "Our choices are always broader than our past. The best adventures in life need to be chosen, not from a predetermined menu based on what we've done already, but rather out of our deepest sense of who we are and how we can contribute to the world" (pg 31). On Confidence, a quote from La Rochefoucauld, "There is a form of eminence that does not depend on fate; it is an air that sets us apart and seems to portend great things; it is the value that we unconsciously attach to ourselves; it is the quality that wins us the deference of others; more than birth, position, or ability, it gives us ascendance" (pg 41). On Character, "Aristotle stressed that human beings are always in a state of becoming. What we are becoming is determined largely by what we are doing day after day" (pg 152). And a few pages later, from Iris Murdoch, "But if we consider what the work of attention is like, how continously it goes on, and how imperceptibly it builds up structures of value round about us, we shall not be surprised that at crucial moments of choice most of the business of choosing is already past...... The moral life, on this view, is something that goes on continually...." (pg 154). On the Capacity to Enjoy the process, "Love is always connected to learning. All of us can look back on the times in our lives where we have had the most intense enjoyment and see that they were times of great learning - learning a new sport, a new job, learning about a new person, or learning new things about a person already clsoe to us. Love and learning go together" (pg 166).
This is a truly profound meditation on how the world works and what it takes to achieve true sucess in any endeavor. It's the kind of book I will come back to when I have questions about what I need to do to achieve a goal I have set for myself. ... Read this book!...
His book is full of quotations by great minds--words that support the
argument Morris makes in the book. The seven C's Morris discusses
in the book are as follows: Conception, Confidence, Concentration,
Consistency, Commitment, Character, Capacity to Enjoy.
I love the book for this message and some other such words:
'We should include within our plans the strong likelihood that
there will be some misfires and temporary disappointments along
the way, since this is just a universal aspect of of any learning
'Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. At first. In order
The book, frankly, doesn't say anything new or surprising; yet it
wins over many other books for its manner of presenting ideas
and for sounding convincing. Morris talks to us in a firm
but sympathetic tone.
A strongly recommended book.