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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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Great audiobook

Phenomenal , very actionable self help book. I especially liked the real life case studies of Netflix vs Blockbuster , US steel

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One to come back to several times !!

Clayton at his best. have read both the Innovators Dilemma and Innovators Solution. This one covers many theoretical frameworks from those two and talks about how to put them to work in your personal and professional life .

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Good to book to listen.

Dr Christensen narrates of how companies & humans are connected also purpose of having good value system with a long term view of life.

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Great advice on raising kids and lives purpoae

Loved the parenting tips. The last chapter is a gem which shows how one can guide their life.

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A wonderful book

A very good book to form a framework of things to anchor yourself to seek happiness and measure your life in a meaningful way.

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Great Book!

Excellent thoughts. Genuine.And the narration was spot on.

Some reviews had mentioned that the author has included faith more than necessary. I however did not feel so. It's something that is genuinely close to him and so he uses it as an example on a few occasions, that's it. It does not intrude the actual purpose of the book.

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insightful

narrator was brilliant.
clay , karen and james have been incredibly insightful. they have my deep gratitude for this 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • HJ Atum
  • 03-12-18

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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  • 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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  • HumanistCapitalist
  • 12-05-15

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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  • MB
  • 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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  • Susanne Lewis-Vahl
  • 30-01-21

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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  • 24-01-21

Easy to understand...and yet profound.

Just finished this book...and intend to read it again this week. If you are interested in what really brings value...and what true value may be for you - this book provides real world tools to find out. It has some religious reflections but written with such respect for other beliefs that my atheist / karma self did not object to this...in fact...it made the book more personal.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-20

excellent book for life and leadership

brilliantly written book with simple essy to read language and a profound message for both business minded leadership and personal growth.

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  • Tom
  • 24-08-20

Good but not great

Clayton's books are all incredibly insightful and this one no less so. However, while his previous books were all groundbreaking, this one is more of a review of his other works and how to apply them to your life instead of your business. I clearly set expectations too high and would have enjoyed it more had I not been familiar with most of what is being shared.

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  • cpshah
  • 09-07-20

Absolute must read

I am glad I bought this book and listening on Audible was a great experience.

This is an excellent book that everyone should read, especially the younger generation who are in universities. It forces you to ask very thought provoking questions that I wished I knew many years ago.

Highly recommended.

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  • Peter
  • 04-02-20

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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  • nm
  • 09-01-21

loved it

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-20

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
  • 12-09-20

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
  • 27-04-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-20

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
  • 24-07-19

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
  • 08-11-18

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
  • 28-04-14

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