Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters
by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
List Price: $22.99
Published 2006 ISBN-10: 013228751x
used. very good condition.
People who make an impact doing what matters most to them have the potential for enduring success. Some of the worlds most enduringly successful people have become so by harvesting their failures and summoning the courage to follow their passions. These individuals do not feel the need to rely on the approval of others to pursue their calling or cause. Most define success as the ability to make a difference, create lasting impact, and challenge conventional wisdom.
In Success Built to Last, authors Porras, Emery, and Thompson set out to inspire readers to find their own way to make a lasting difference by doing what matters to them. One must realize and accept that a compelling personal commitment to something that matters may not result in power, wealth, or fame, but in a life of meaningful work that makes a lasting impact on the lives of others.
Description and Reviews
From The Publisher:
Imagine meeting more than 300 people who've made a profound difference: not for weeks or months, but for decades. Imagine discovering what they've got in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your life. Success Built to Last is culmination of the world's most thorough research project on lifelong success, this book draws on in-person conversations with hundreds of the world's most remarkable human beings. Authored by three legends in leadership and self-help -- including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras -- it challenges conventional wisdom at every step. Meet world-renowned leaders like Nelson Mandela and Charles Schwab. Meet unsung heroes who've achieved lasting greatness without obvious power or charisma. Famous or not, they all started out ordinary. Discover how they learned how to "harvest" their strengths and their weaknesses, their victories and their surprising failures. You'll learn how they found meaning, and the courage to follow their passions. Above all, see how they've sustained success, while others faded into oblivion.
Creating A Life That Matters
Since Built to Last was released a decade ago, the principles in Collins and Porras original book have been an inspiration to millions of people in their business and career. Many people have said that these ideas have also helped them explore the deeper issues of "Who am I? What do I stand for? What is my purpose? How do I maintain my sense of Self in this chaotic, unpredictable world? How do I infuse meaning into my life and work? How do I remain renewed, engaged, and stimulated?"
We thought these questions were a great place to start in writing Success Built to Last. We strive for success, yet hunger for much more meaning in our lives were all looking for success that lasts and that matters.
To find answers, we are on a continuing mission to find remarkable men and women who have found success and meaning in their lives. Weve already interviewed hundreds of accomplished people, many of whom are especially difficult to meet: the rich and powerful billionaires, the leaders of nations and CEOs, but also people who will never have material wealth. We interviewed social workers who toil for our communities far from the spotlight, along with educators, physicians, scientists, artists all people who have had lasting impact on their world for at least 20 years. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.
About the Authors
Jerry Porras co-wrote the global bestseller Built to Last. He is Stanford Graduate School of Business Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change, Emeritus.
Stewart Emery has coached 12,000 people over 30 years. Recognized as one of the fathers the Human Potential Movement, his bestsellers include Actualizations: You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself and The Owner's Manual for Your Life.
Mark Thompson captured the insightful stories that formed the foundation for Success Built to Last from hundreds of personal interviews with enduringly successful people. He is a veteran entrepreneur, executive coach and former executive producer of Schwab.com. Forbes Magazine listed him as one of America's top venture investors with the "Midas" touch.
Everyone wants success, but you can do better than that. This is an extraordinary book that finally reveals a meaningful secret formula for success based on the lives of remarkable people.
Sir Richard Branson
Success Built to Last Creating a Life that Matters provides practical wisdom drawn from the stories of hundreds of the worlds most remarkable and enduringly successful people who the authors actually interviewed. This is a book that will make a difference.
Senator John McCain
You can make a difference if you put your passions to work in a way that builds a better life for you, your business and your community. Success Built to Last shows you how.
Steve Forbes, Editor in Chief, Forbes Magazine
In business and in life, lasting success takes teamwork, integrity and the courage to stick with what really matters. Its the best five players that win the game, not the five best players. Thats what this book is all about.
Richard Kovacevich, CEO of Wells Fargo
If youre crazy enough to do what you love for a living, then youre bound to create a life that matters. The book Success Built to Last wisely counsels you to go nuts about something meaningful. Thats what youre here to do, for heavens sake. If you do that, then you wont need to finish this book!
Herb Kelleher, Cofounder, Southwest Airlines
Table of Contents
Foreword by Senator John McCain
IntroductionFrom Built to Last to Success Built to Last
1 From Great to LastingRedefining Success
Part I: MeaningHow Successful People Stay Successful
2 Love It or LosePassions and the Quest for Meaning
3 Portfolio of PassionsIt's Not About Balance
4 Why Successful People Stay SuccessfulIntegrity to Meaning
Part II: ThoughtStylesExtreme Makeovers Start in Your Head
5 The Silent ScreamWhy It's Do Damn Hard to Do What Matters
6 The Case Has CharismaYou Don't Have to Be Charismatic to Be Successful
7 The Tripping PointAlways Make New Mistakes
8 Wounds to WisdomTrusting Your Weaknesses and Using Your Core Incompetencies
Part III: ActionStylesTurning Passion into Action
9 Earning Your LuckPreparing for Serendipity by Using Big Hairy Audacious Goals
10 Naked ConversationsHarvesting Contention
11 Creating AlignmentThe Environment Always Wins
In 1994, Jerry Porras and Jim Collins wrote Built to Last, an instant classic that captured "Successful Habits of Visionary Companies" using significant research about corporations that had remained industry leaders over the long haul.
A couple years later, Porras got together with authors Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson to begin doing similar research into people that were successful and had maintained their success for long periods. Ten years later their research has produced Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters, an attempt to scientifically pinpoint the building blocks to success.
Their research included over 200 interviews with highly-successful people, from well-known leaders in business, politics, and the arts to scientists, schoolteachers, and doctors who've lead more quietly in their areas of expertise.
The list of people they managed to track down and sit down with is amazing. Included among their interview subjects were Maya Angelou, Bono, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, The Dalai Lama, Michael Dell, Peter Drucker, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Steve Jobs, Quincy Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Nelson Mandela, Condoleeza Rice and Jack Welch.
Those are just the ones who made it into the book. Interviewed, but left out of direct reference, were Madeleine Albright, Lance Armstrong, Bob Dole, Wayne Dyer, Larry Ellison, Newt Gingrich, Peter Jennings, Guy Kawasaki, Phil Knight, Joe Lieberman, George Soros, Gloria Steinem, Desmond Tutu, Barbara Walters, many others.
In the end, Success Built to Last distills down the words of these successful people into a host of commonalities. Taken together, those commonalities produce a theme that goes something like this:
Long-term successful people find their passions and stick with them. That's the formula. Everything else is just the "how to" - how to find your passion, how to stay focused on your passion, how to turn your passion into concrete action that produces successful results.
I won't spoil the book by getting into the nitty gritty of those actions because I coudn't do them justice. After all, you've got 200 of the great minds of our time between those pages and it's best to hear it straight from them.
Success Built to Last is a fascinating book in every respect, but I've got one bone to pick. Because the authors are building a thesis on the nature of success, they necessarily include plenty of exposition about the things successful people have in common. But, with the book clocking in at just over 200 pages, I did not get to hear nearly enough of the voices of these praiseworthy people.
Porras, Emery, and Thompson have come up with a great book, but they're holding out on us. With over 200 hard-to-come-by interviews conducted over a ten-year period, there are obviously reams of quality interview material that have not seen the light of day. I demand a sequel Success Built to Last: The Interviews. Edit each interview down to two or three pages and let us read more about these amazing people's outlooks on life and success, straight from their own mouths.
But I'm nitpicking. Success Built to Last should be required reading for anyone that is, well, alive. The book's subtitle is "Creating A Life That Matters." Who doesn't want to do that?