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Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success Hardcover – August 15, 2013
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Before reading this book, by pure coincidence, I had already read nearly all of the books Professor Shell references. Even though I had already read these books, I didn't have a clear grasp of how the different concepts and ideas fit together. If I could start all over, I would have saved myself a lot of time by starting with Professor Shell's book, and then digging deeper into the books he references based on the extent to which I wanted more answers (the books he references are all really good, too, in their own respects, but they are narrower in scope).
The other important thing that Professor Shell does in this book is bring a cautious and discerning eye to his survey of the best success and happiness literature. Think of him as a gold miner panning through dirt for little nuggets of gold: When the literature or research he cites contains questionable or dubious claims, he points it out, or provides an explanation for why something that sounds utterly preposterous might actually be be true for other psychological reasons.
Lastly, he uses great examples of historic figures to illustrate some of the ideas, ones I hadn't come across before in my own survey of the literature.
This is the first time I have written a review on Amazon before, and I am doing this out of a profound sense of gratitude and respect for Professor Shell, and for my own desire to spread these ideas.
All The Best,
Here's what you need to know: Springboard is BY FAR one of the best discourses on the topics of personal development & success that I have ever encountered.
STRENGTHS: It's not just about synthesizing what's already out there. Springboard helped provide me with new ways of thinking about my own definition of success far beyond the workplace, and also provided actionable exercises & steps to apply Richard Shell's unique perspectives. I was so inspired that I bought copies for my entire family.
WEAKNESSES: I also grabbed a copy of the audiobook to listen while driving. This book is definitely best as a hardcopy, as you can more easily follow and complete the valuable exercises/thought experiments that Shell proposes.
In my opinion, this book is an absolute MUST for any student of life, success, and business. I highly recommend it.
Yet one factor was more important than any of these: Attention to relationships. When the primary investigator on this study for over 40 years, psychiatrist, George Vaillant, was asked, "What have you learned?" he quickly answered, "that the only thing that really matters in life is your relationships with other people." It was the social life of these men, he said, "not intellectual brilliance or parental social class" that led to their living successfully to a ripe old age. The creator of Wharton's popular "Success Course," G. Richard Shell offers an approach to finding success that can lead to happiness, with others, in his new book, Springboard. Beyond cultivating close relationships, to feel happy, Shell cites the ineffable feeling one's doing the right thing, described in two ways:
1. Eudaimonia is what "Arististotle called the spirit of goodness or the good that we seek for its own sake and not for the purpose of achieving any other good," according to Shell.
2. Simcha is a Hebrew word with many interpretations, Shell notes, "from simple joy and satisfaction, to the feeling of spiritual exultation" or what Rabbi Akiva Tatz calls "The experience of the soul that comes when you are doing what you should be doing.Read more ›
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I had to read this for an MBA class. I was pleasantly surprised and found it to be quite motivating. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Katie Wold
This book inspired me to free myself from any burden that hinders me from unleashing my potential. Great book!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Before he was an award-winning Wharton professor, Richard Shell was a lost young man who once contracted hepatitis and passed out on the side of a road in Kabul. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kirk Jonathan Barbera
No "Happy Talk" here full of bromides and worn platitudes. Shell does something uniquely difficult and rare for an author--he reveals and integrates personal insights and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Trevor Cross
Truly a great buy. Requires reflection, internalization, and true evaluation.Published 9 months ago by Megan A Wych
This is a tremendously well-written, lucid, and enlightening book. I'm in my late 40s. After a very rewarding "first career" in human rights and post-crisis reconstruction... Read morePublished 10 months ago
This book was very helpful when I was trying to regain direction in my life. Very good personal stories from others and great exercises. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer