How Will You Measure Your Life?

This is the title of one of my favourite business books of all time. It was written by Professor Clayton Christensen, a renowned Harvard Business School professor who, sadly, died last week at the age of 67.

Although I never met Dr. Christensen in person, he taught me a lot about business, careers, strategy, and life in general through his books, videos, speeches, and numerous articles.

My favourite though was How Will You Measure Your Life? co-written with Karen Dillon. The book—which I hope you will read if you haven’t already—offers up a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life.

The theme of this book is that happiness in our lives won’t come from our work or our achievements professionally. Rather our happiness will come from close, loving relationships with our family and close friends.

Rather than expanding upon it here in this blog, I’d like to direct you to a short 10-minute You Tube video which is Dr. Christensen’s acceptance speech at the 2013 Thinkers 50 award. This award is given to the most influential management thinker in the world.

I encourage you to watch the entire video but especially the last three minutes (starting at 7:40)

Here is the video of Dr. Christensen’s speech.