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How Will You Measure Your Life?

Presidio, Texas

New Year’s Day

How’s that for a big question to start the new year?

I thought about using a photo of a ruler to go with the title. But why limit our measurement tool to something so small? So we’ll go with our solar system for now until I take a good photo of the night sky.


Clayton Christensen is a professor at the Harvard Business School.  As if that weren’t impressive enough, he has his MBA and DBA from HBS, was a Rhodes Scholar, has been an entrepreneur, a CEO and a venture capitalist.  He wrote one of the most influential business books of the past 50 years, “The Innovator’s Dilema” which addresses disruptive technologies and how they upend industries. And that is just his professional life.

He is a devout Mormon and by all accounts has a wonderful marriage and a deeply powerful personal life.  [Intersdting to note that Stephen Covey, the author of “The 7 Habits” was also Mormon.]

He is the author of an amazing book, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” based in large part on a class he teaches at HBS and a commencement speech he gave there in 2010.  [Sounds like the Jim Ryan story - see Wait, What?! post]

I Have read and listened to this book several times.  Like “The Miracle of Mindfulness,” it took some time for the subject matter to start to sink in.

I am now convinced that it should be required reading for everyone starting out in their career.  But it is also never too late to benefit from the wisdom - practical wisdom - he shares.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will share my chapter-by-chapter summary of the book

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