Book Review: How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

Books Oct 30, 2021

Clayton Christensen's "How Will You Measure Your Life" is a provocative look at the meaning of success. The book starts off with an examination of various ways to measure our lives but then turns into a discussion about how we can find true happiness that doesn't depend on material wealth or status. It concludes by examining what it means for people in different stages of their lives to have successful lives.

Christensen is a well-known business thinker and writer, who has written many books on the subject of innovation. In "How Will You Measure Your Life," he talks about how people can get a more fulfilling life by measuring their success in different ways than just money. The book has been praised for its thought-provoking ideas and useful advice for all ages.


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Key Themes

Christensen's book covers many different topics, but one of the main themes is about how most people live their lives in a reactive mode rather than in an active mode. The book also gives advice on how to make changes for the better in your life.

The other main theme I picked up on is his thoughts on what makes people happy and fulfilled. He argues that fulfillment is largely determined by the extent to which you are able to focus on things that make you happy rather than what makes your boss happy or what will please your parents.

In Depth

Clayton Christensen was and still remains one of the world's most influential thinkers on innovation and growth. This book focuses on how to live a successful life that is measured by happiness rather than money. This book has been translated into over 20 languages and has spent more than 2 years on The New York Times bestseller list.

Some of the topics include Clayton Christensen working in his accounting firm, deciding to go back to school, getting married, being a father, being diagnosed with cancer. His book discusses many things about life. One of the main ideas is personal happiness.

He discusses how to be happy. He provides many examples from his own life and other people's lives as well.

Clayton Christensen has a lot of practical advice in his book on how to live your life and what matters most, such as personal happiness. This is an easy read that can help you lead a more meaningful life by working on yourself.

Another topic discussed is how to lead a successful life by understanding the difference between great achievement and significance, which are two different things.

He discusses what he calls "the law of painful progress", meaning that when you're in pain it means you're growing as an individual. Pain shouldn't be avoided but embraced instead.

Christensen points out that if you want to achieve something long-term, you will need to endure some pain along the way. You might have to put in extra effort or spend more time on the task than you expected. But even if it’s hard work, your commitment makes it easier over time.

He also notes that the law of painful progress is not limited to personal fulfillment; it can be applied to organizational goals as well. Teams that build strong habits and hold one another accountable are rewarded with improved performance."

He also talks about how to be truly happy and satisfied with life. He provides many examples from his own life and other people's lives as well. Clayton Christensen has a lot of practical advice in his book on how to live your life and what matters most, such as personal happiness. This is an easy read that can help you lead a more meaningful life by working on yourself.


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