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Episode 41: “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton Christensen (Psychology Book Club Conversation)

How Will You Measure Your Life

This week’s podcast episode is a discussion among members of the Psychology Book Club about How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen. Find out what we enjoyed about the book, which of Christensen’s strategies were most useful, and what didn’t resonate for us.

Here is a summary of the book (from Amazon.com):

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 personalrelationships 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.”

The next book club will be meeting in October, when we’ll be talking about Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day by Anne Katherine.

Useful Links

How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton Christensen
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy – Carl Rogers (listen to the Psychology Book Club discussion)

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