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Your personal goals need a long-term strategy.  

It's no secret that we're pushed to the limit. Today's professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. How can we break out of the cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives that we all seek? Just as CEOs who optimize for quarterly profits often fail to make the strategic investments necessary for long-term growth, the same is true in our own personal and professional lives. As top business thinker and Duke University professor Dorie Clark explains, we all know intellectually that lasting success takes persistence and effort. And yet, so much of the relentless pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what's easy, what's guaranteed, and what looks glamorous in the moment. 

In The Long Game, she argues for a different path. It's about doing small things over time to achieve your goals - and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard. In The Long Game, Clark shares unique principles and frameworks, as well as her own instructive experiences, to show how you can tap the same 24 hours everyone has - but leverage them in more efficient and powerful ways to break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life and career.

©2021 Dorie Clark (P)2021 Ascent Audio

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Excellent Perspective

We have all heard and seen the “Get Rich Quick” schemes out there. This is not that. If get rich quick works for you, great! But Dorie helps lay out logical thought processes, actions and steps for making big things happen, intentionally. I loved the book and will likely refer back to it often!

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A must READ transformative book meant for all generations

“The Long Game” Book by an icon, Dorie Clark — is an absolute must-have for everyone and anyone trying to MASTER the art of being a long-term thinker in a short-term world. This book will transform your life, your business, and your relationships.

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nothing new under the sun

hard to believe this book ever made it to publishing. mediocre at best, hardly an original idea.

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Pretty good.

Mostly standard stuff. Interesting, though. I wonder what she defines as the long game in politics.

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Worse version of a book that’s already been written

I have to think this book is just a money grab to an idea that has been already thought out by people with more wisdom.

Simon Sinek “infinite mindset” is the better version of this book.

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Pareto principle

First of all very easy listen. Practical simple ideas that can be instantly put to application. He didn’t directly reference the Pareto principle, but there was a chapter in which Dorie talked about asking yourself questions. One of Dories questions referred to what are the 20% of the things we do that yield 80% of the results. Dorie is one of many authors who cover this principle in one way or another whether mentioned casually or whole chapters written about it. This was the biggest take away from the book for me. I used the principle in my own life when I first heard about it in college and it carried me all the way to my teaching career. Somewhere along the way, I got away from that. Thank you for reminding me how to get back in the long game!

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Should Have Skipped This One

I normally love books and info on productivity and am always willing to try new authors but I should have skipped this book. It is nothing more than silly, corpo-speak and anecdotal stories about how so and so "looked ahead" and did this one thing that made a difference in his or her career. I work for a large corporation. This book is like if the HR department at the company I work for produced a book full of anecdotal stories to reinforce corporate approved "behaviors" and "culture". With 2.5 hours remaining in the book I couldn't take it anymore and just deleted it from my phone. I can already tell I will never finish it. I'm too nice to give it 1 star or ask for my money back but I thought about both for a time. Do yourself a favor and skip it.

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good message but a bit redundant

I struggled to finish as the message seemed to be repetitive. the origjnal message of long term planning and getting there is great, but didn't fit the bill for me

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Not for me but a good book

To me this book reads more like a self help book than a business book. Not that there’s nothing of value - but if you are an experienced professional then you may find this book a bit too basic.

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Inspiring and Tactical Map for Success

Dorie Clark is the voice of a proactive generation, willing to sacrifice and wanting to fully engage for success! I gained insight on from The Long Game on how to relentlessly persist to gain success in business and in life. There are no short cuts. I look forward to digging into Dorie Clark’s other books and newsletters, including “Reinventing You” and “Stand-Out”! Gary Ireland

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  • Githinji Mwaniki
  • 10-01-21

Awesome

I've read all Dorie Clarks books and she awes me in every one. I recommend the books to everyone who is willing to listen, and this one will be no different.

Thank you. I'll have to get a hard copy for this one too. It's worth every letter on it.

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  • Nuno Lobato
  • 10-15-21

Best Business book of 2021

so many new practical concepts such as optimise for Interesting, 20% time.

I found Dorie after searching on Google for strategic thinking and her content and book has had a huge impact on me.

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  • Mr D Light
  • 10-02-21

The new habit manual for success post pandemic

Loved it so much I'll be buying the physical book too. Can see me referring to this book as much as Stephen Covey's 7 Habits.

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  • Liz
  • 10-02-21

stunningly good

Helpful for anyone who's goals feel too big to fit into right now. There's info on making more time, choosing the right thing to work on and lots of inspiring examples from both dorie and her friends and acquaintances.

it's also got that excellent advantage for a business book - it's both short, entertaining and filled with practical stories. So you can absorb quickly and the examples stay with you as they're interesting stories. Strongly recommend (her other books are excellent too).