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How Will You Measure Your Life?

Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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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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  • JP
  • 06-09-17

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.

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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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Inspiring and insightful

While there are tons of self help books about there, this one is not the usual dictating type but rather thought provoking and informative. Great listening experience

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I love it and I will recommend it.

The content of the book helps you answer the question in the title. How will you measure you life? What will it be based off? With solid values based on your beliefs and life style or you will just go with the end based on how others judge you.

I thought large junction of the book dealt with child development, which I didn't expect before I started listening to the book. Nonetheless, I loved these guidances as I am planing how to teach and guide my frist baby. The book couldn't have come better time for me.

The book addresses wholesistic way of living your to your best with purpose. It draws examples from wide range of topics from business/corporate, career, being spouse and parent to religious beliefs. The book awakens you and encourages you to analyse what is important in your life.

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Amazing, must read !

Fantastic examples of everyday life scenarios put into business perspectives. Clayton Christiansen is a genius.

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One of the best books I’ve ever listened to!

Great book, easy listen and really thought provoking. Loved it! Lots of great quotes to get your brain ticking!

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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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Very good

Interesting, educative, informative and inspiring. Learnt a lot from this book. The writer and narrator are excellent.

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  • DO
  • 16-10-18

Wow, just wow

This is one of the best books I've ever read. It applies lessons from business success & failure to daily living. Well done Prof.

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Another amazing book by Clayton Christensen

One of the best books I have read as a person, a Christian and a professional. A truly inspiring work.

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  • Benjamin W.
  • 27-01-14

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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  • J. Frank
  • 27-10-12

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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  • Russell Comstock
  • 24-02-16

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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  • Al
  • 11-12-13

Great Manifesto of how to live one's life

Great work with emphasis on long term relationships and not short term relationships and focus on family is the key message of the book. Must read a classic

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  • Juan Jose Perez
  • 27-01-15

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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  • John
  • 26-01-15

The real deal. Takes thought and work.

Negative reviews did not think about what their purpose could be.
Be prepared to think and ponder about what you want your life to be.

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  • Chucky Boy
  • 11-06-12

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Would you listen to How Will You Measure Your Life? again? Why?

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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  • Scott Wozniak
  • 23-04-15

Thoughtful and practical

Christensen is a Harvard business professor--not the usual intro for a book on values and wisdom and even faith. But he managed to use business models (which he explains well and have some cool insights all by themselves) to discuss how to live a wiser, healthier life.

Well written, coming from his heart, this is a good read for all humans--not just business people.

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  • Jessica Smith
  • 03-06-13

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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  • Jessica
  • 03-06-13

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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