Clayton Christensen was a former professor at Harvard Business School, and unfortunately he just recently passed away (at the beginning of 2020). However, I’m sure the books he wrote during his lifetime will leave a lasting legacy.
While he is also the author of many other famous books such as the Innovator’s Dilemma, one book of his that I read recently is called How Will You Measure Your Life. The book was written in 2012, and it talks about Christensen’s thoughts and best practices on how to best achieve a fulfilling life.
During the book, Christensen uses many personal anecdotes from his past, which talk about people including himself, former students, former classmates, etc. As a graduate of Harvard Business School and a Rhodes Scholar, Christensen was obviously an extremely intelligent person, and the people he associated with must’ve also been on a similarly high academic level. Still, Christensen mentions that many past acquaintances and friends went through so many personal troubles, even though they may have been deemed successful by society.
Many of the lessons that Christensen gives throughout the book are super applicable to people of any age, and are lessons that you can take with you for the rest of your life. There are lessons in terms of career, family life, personal life, etc., so I think the book can help people to understand a variety of situations.
The book is only about 200 pages or so, so it is a relatively quick read. I would give it a read just so you can understand the perspective on life from a super well educated, successful person who saw almost everything during his lifetime.
How Will You Measure Your Life Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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