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How Will You Measure Your Life?

By: Clayton M. Christensen,James Allworth
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
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In 2010, world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness.

The speech was memorable not only because it was deeply revealing but also because it came at a time of intense personal reflection: Christensen had just overcome the same type of cancer that had taken his father's life. As Christensen struggled with the disease, the question "How do you measure your life?" became more urgent and poignant, and he began to share his insights more widely with family, friends, and students.

In this groundbreaking book, Christensen puts forth a series of questions: How can I be sure that I'll find satisfaction in my career? How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness? How can I avoid compromising my integrity - and stay out of jail? Using lessons from some of the world's greatest businesses, he provides incredible insights into these challenging questions.

How Will You Measure Your Life? is full of inspiration and wisdom, and will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

©2012 Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Does not actually explain how to measure you're life

Most of this book is about explaining traditional business management and applying it to family management. Only the last chapter talks about measuring your life, and it's mostly applicable to christians, particularly white male managers with christian families from middle to upper class backgrounds. The author does not seem to have had a very challenging life, having had tremendous advantages, and also seems unaware of his privilege, instead attributing his success to his management techniques and religious beliefs.

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Common Sense, yet inspiring and eye-opening

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Clayton Christensen is THE guy when it comes to innovative thinking. He was the most influential management expert in 2011. THIS is the book that perhaps has defined his path. The nuggets of gold within this text are both earth-shatteringly simplistic and amazingly insightful. You will not leave this book without at least ten excellent ways to improve what you're doing on a daily basis. It's not a self help book, it's an introspective tome with huge insight.

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Must Read!

Cliche title, I know. But it couldn't be more true. Everyone should read How You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen. A fascinating and unique approach to self-help. For extremely logical people, like me, I connected with it on so many levels! And learned something about business theory as well!

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Must Read!

Cliche title, I know. But it couldn't be more true. Everyone should read How You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen. A fascinating and unique approach to self-help. For extremely logical people, like me, I connected with it on so many levels! And learned something about business theory as well!

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sadly, a flawed strategy

Clay Christensen, a leading business thinker of our time, missed the boat here, by a wide margin. After a terrific intro, the book ends up being a summary of Christensen's business research with instructions on how folks can use it to help them chart a course in life. Weaved throughout are bits of Christensen's memoir. I think the failure here was publishing a book that was part business, part self-help and part memoir. Separately, the three would be terrific. Combined, it just doesn't work.

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great for young business people or parents.

couldn't put it down. something I'll read again. wished I had reread it years ago.

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Christensen is a role model in all aspects of life

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Christensen is awesome! He is a great teacher, author, speaker, husband, father, and man of God. I have a strong appreciation for how he weaves his professional and personal life together into a powerful call to action. Read or listen to his other books, too!

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I would definitely listen to this book again. For those who are wondering about work/life balance and are interested in the case study method, this is an excellent book. Professor Christensen does a great job of communicating his class into book form.

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Clayton's General Theory of Life

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Clay Christensen's work culminates in generalization of the principals he first described in his book The Innovator's Solution. This time his focus moves from disruptive business models to the application of the "Job to be done" theory on a personal level. Narration is illustrated with some of the same business case studies used in his previous books, but is tied back to the personal level by stories and experiences from Clay's own life.

I have always admired the motto: "There's nothing more practical then a good theory." This book certainly delivers an excellent lens to look at your life and gives you good grip to steer it where you want to. Highly recommended!

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Excellent and insightful!

This book didn't amazing job of combining examples from the business world to the deep situations and concerns of our lives. These business model examples provided a very clear way to see strategies for improving career, relationships, and parenting.

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  • MB
  • 02-20-21

Thought provoking listen

Overall, a nice short book that encourages one to assess their priorities. However, it offers a few interesting ideas rather than a game changer.

I'm an atheist and generally dislike any religious lines. This book has some but nothing really bothering. A bit ironic though that such an intellectual author is so religious.

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  • HJ Atum
  • 12-03-18

Must read for anyone that wants to live a meaningful life

This book has changed my life.

As a young man starting out in career, this book has really helped me put things into perspective.

I think without it I would have gotten caught up in the same traps that catch out the uninitiated.

Upon really thinking about my life's purpose, I now have the right mindset and metrics to go through life, free of worry, anxiety or comparison to others - free to pursue my unique truth.

Thank you Klayton.

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  • Peter
  • 02-04-20

Interesting approach but too religious

I like the idea of applying business strategy theory to one's own life, but the book got a bit preachy and religious at certain points. Plus if you don't have children you can skip about a third of the book. This book could have been quite a bit better I feel

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  • Alex
  • 01-07-18

Misleading Title

This is a book about business performance with some commentary on adapting that to your life.

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  • JP
  • 09-06-17

Candid life insight with business edge

Highly recommend it at any point in your life.

Great point of view with various angles, models and more ... Work, Life, marriage, children ... Even religion at end!

Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience.

JP

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  • HumanistCapitalist
  • 05-12-15

overly religious self help book

Started off well, hard to finish as author pushes religion down reader's throat. Author very much sees life as morally black or white. Making room for the grey is moral bankruptcy in his view. I think life is more complex than what the Religious Right makes it out to be.

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  • Jay
  • 02-12-22

Christensen is the best!

Very great and balanced book. Christensen was my favorite Innovation Management Professor. My only remark is that he uses the same examples in all his books. This is sometimes suboptimal, yet understandable due to his research into these companies. In addition, it might actually create a clear reference for others.

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  • Jaggernauth Singh
  • 08-28-21

Outstanding

Ideas and principles are discussed with exceptional clarity and simplicity. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the application of business theories to one's life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-21

Short and succinct yet rich

This is a fairly short audio book (it’s a good thing), but it’s succinct, to the point and rich with useful and thought-provoking concepts and ideas. It draws upon business theories, which are themselves worth learning about, to find applications in one’s life. Well worth a listen!

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  • Grainne Owens
  • 07-20-21

Book was not as good as it could have been.

I have been reading a lot of books to help develop my career. After a while they start to repeat themselves. This book felt like a lazy repeat of some other business books. Way better business or lifestyle books out there

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  • LAFONTAINE
  • 08-01-21

Interesting book

Nothing ground breaking but there are enough interesting ideas and good tips in the book to make it a worthwhile read.

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  • James Pham
  • 05-30-21

Was not what I was expecting, was still worth it

Was expecting a more of a spiritual book. This book is still worth the listen, more of a book on business models and lessons from the business world (with case studies) that are also applicable to home and family life. Would still recommend.

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  • nm
  • 01-09-21

loved it

Great insights and some valuable arguments that get you to critically evaluate and relook at your life

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  • Jake
  • 10-13-20

About way more then just how you will measure your life

This book goes deep on different forms of thinking that take you deeper then surface levels

Amazing and revolutionary ways of thinking

Just wish it went longer!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Ok book...

He raises some good points but also has a lot of weak points that he should leave to experts in the field to discuss who know about the complexity of these matters and therefore wouldn’t be as confident as he is in coming up with solutions. For example the section on kids is definitely a field out of his depth. The criticises marginal cost thinking but that is how they were taught which is why they think in that way. And in actual fact there is nothing wrong with marginal cost theory. It is the application that is the problem. To fully implement the magic of marginal cost would entail bribing the price and thus profits down. Established companies may have other short term incentives to attend to which is why they don’t do it, even though it may be detrimental to their long term interest. So it is not a problem with the theory rather the application that is the problem.

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  • Derek Bogaert
  • 04-27-20

Good but hoped for more

it read line a business book and although I appreciate the parallels he was drawing between the two, I found it hard to relate to a lot of it. would have liked to hear more personal accounts from his life.

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  • James Forthright
  • 04-06-20

Epic book - had a great impact on me

I’ve read so many personal development books but this one was so great cause it’s not wafts at all, uses real solid business strategy thinking and applies to life and how we miss the mark so easily. I’ve recommended to so many people. Must read!

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  • Anthony
  • 07-24-19

Incredible!

fantastic book containing clear stories relevant to the point being made and leaving the reader with practical ways of implementing the theory.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-18

My new favourite book

This is the best book that I’ve read or listened to. Important messages and well told in the perfect mix of sound business and thoughtful personal insights.

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  • Michelle
  • 04-28-14

Nothing like I expected

Would you try another book written by Clayton M. Christensen and James Allworth or narrated by Jeff Woodman?

Maybe but I was disappointed that the content did not really live up to the title.

What will your next listen be?

CEO Startup

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment