Follow the successful habits of extraordinary people - this is Built to Last but instead of revealing the secrets of successful companies, now discover the habits of successful people.
Imagine the opportunity to discover the secrets of success from more than 300 of the world's most accomplished and successful people. Nelson Mandela, Richard Brandson, presidents of the past, sporting heroes of today...this book offers you that opportunity and more.
The authors, all legends in leadership and self-help, including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras, pioneered the world's most thorough research project on lifelong success. They met, interviewed, quizzed and delved into the success of hundreds of the world's most remarkable people. Now in Success Built to Last they reveal their astonishing findings and surprising insights.
You will discover what the world's most successful people have in common, how they became successful and how they have sustained it. By the time you have finished reading this book you will know what the secrets to success really are, and have a simple set of guiding principles that you can use to transform your own life.
Porras, who co-wrote the original Built to Last, teams with successful life coaching company co-founder Emery and top executive coach Thompson, to interview 300 successful people, tagged "builders," to uncover the secrets of their winning life journeys. Though there's a good deal of wisdom here (for example, when faced with failure, builders "let it go not because they're in denial, but because they must keep focused on what they're building"), the book does not skimp on the platitudes ("losers call it failure; winners call it learning"). The early portion of the book overdoes the authors' excitement about the range and depth of the interviews, setting the reader up for disappointment in the long, less-than-profound stretches. The high volume of contributions, however-from Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou, Jack Welch, Stephen Jobs and a host of other well-known and lesser-known achievers-makes this book better suited for picking and choosing than reading cover-to-cover. Segmented into presentations on meaning, "ThoughtStyles" and action, lessons depend largely on common sense, a willingness to accept responsibility, and the idea that "pain or passion will make you good enough; but pain plus passion will point you to greatness."
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August 27, 2007
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