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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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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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  • 20-02-21

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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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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  • 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.

JP

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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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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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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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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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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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Life changing

This book is a real treasure. I recommend it to every young person setting out on their journey through life.

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  • 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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  • Russ 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • M. Maldonado
  • 12-01-22

Is this about life, or about business?!

OK narrator, but this book turns into examples of business models and business mentalities and not about how will you measure your life. After about an hour of this, I realized that I don't want to start my own business.

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