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Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters Paperback – August 28, 2007
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Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your career and your life. That?s what Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, and Mark Thompson?leading thinkers in organizational development and self- improvement have done in Success Built to Last. Two hundred remarkable human beings from around the world are included, notably:
?Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon.com
?Frances Hesselbein, former CEO, Girl Scouts of America
Each shares how he or she harvested victories, learned from failures, and found the courage to be true to their passions. By following a set of simple principles culled from these inspiring interviews, readers can transform their business and personal lives?and discover the true meaning of success.
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There could be more detailed practical tips not just inspirational (eg, 8 hours of sleep, take a break 10m every hour).
Illustrations are low contrast.
I wouldn't call John McCain a builder.
Would LOVE to see another improved edition of this book.
Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices and using them to transform your company, your career and your life. This is what this book is all about. The authors draw on conversations with over 200 hundred remarkable people from around the world, including billionaires, CEOs, presidents of nations, Nobel laureates and celebrities.
Enduringly successful people tell us that when success just means wealth, fame and power, it doesn't last and it isn't satisfying. Successful people insist that success may never come without a compelling personal commitment to something you care about and would be willing to do without counting on wealth, fame, power or public acceptance as an outcome. They become lovers of an idea they are passionate about, creating something that continually seduces them into obsessing over every detail and losing track of the passage of time. In a real sense, it's something that they'd be willing to do for free, for its own sake. They do it because it matters to them, brings personal fulfillment, lasting relationships, and makes a difference in the world in which we live. To achieve this, all you have is your personal capital, and that's not your money: it's your talents, skills, relationships and enthusiasm.
The authors say that it's dangerous not to do what you love. The harsh truth is that if you don't love what you're doing, you'll lose to someone who does. You must choose a path that you love because only then will you have the goodhearted stubbornness to stretch for your full potential and survive the inevitable slings and arrows that await you on your journey.
Be warned: The relentless irritation of not loving what you do makes you a pain to be around and has been clinically proven to chip away at your health. "We spend our health building our wealth," said author and financial adviser Robert T. Kiyosaki. "Then we desperately spend our wealth to hang onto our remaining health."
The authors say that cultural norms pressure you to have a "balanced" life split into neat little slices. Enduringly successful people, many of whom live a life that's a gift to the world, don't raise balance as a major issue because they were all busy doing what mattered to them. It's a struggle for everyone at some point. If you're feeling a twinge of guilt about balance, there is a probability that you don't want more balance, but need more of something that you can't admit you want. What you hunger for is a place for all of your passions.
People become fascinated by the lifestyles of the rich and famous. It may be tempting to believe you can find success by studying their stories and assuming that whatever she or he did is a road map you can follow. But according to the authors, that's a dead end. That's not what billionaires or the best CEOs do. If there is one value they all share in common, it is integrity to what matters to them, and that makes a difference in their lives and work. Whenever they are faced with a decision, they look to find meaning in that opportunity that is very personal to them. They do not waste their time if it doesn't matter. What helps successful people stay successful is their stubbornness about sticking with their own journey based on their own values, not a magic path followed precisely by everyone else. The lesson here is that you shouldn't hijack someone else's value system. To do so would be a violation of integrity to what matters in your life. If you find it impossibly tedious to become an expert about what you think matters to you, then you're not chasing a dream, you're just daydreaming. You can't claim the buried treasure if you aren't willing to dig for it.
The authors say that your personality is not what determines enduring success. It's what you do with your personality that counts.
Most highly accomplished people described themselves as so proficient at making mistakes that, if you didn't know better, you might think they were losers. If there were just one thing that every enduringly successful person had in common, it is that they are all really great at failure.
Enduringly successful people go to work dealing with a problem directly instead of struggling to put a smile on their face. They don't pretend to be happy when things go wrong and they refuse to completely surrender to the current disappointment. They just harvest what they can from the setback and keep taking action. The defeat you've had matters less than what you ultimately want to create.
The ideas in this book are some of the best I've read in a while. This is a highly motivational book that will pave the way to your enduring success in a life that matters!
John Renesch, author, Getting to the Better Future
b. how they got their information -not just from surveys -but from interviews - from people who don't normally grant this sort of access. that's a lot more believable than information garnered from a survey.
the bad: despite advising readers to 'not be a politically correct' (they misuse the phrase) the authors are just that - hand-picking this or that gender or minority to illustrate their points that would probably have been illustrated better by someone else. It didn't seem authentic to me and it really undermines the book.