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Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters

Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson

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Format: Hardcover, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780132287517
Publisher: Wharton School Publishing
Pub. Date: September 12, 2006

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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.


“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 world’s 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. It’s the best five players that win the game, not the five best players. That’s what this book is all about.”
—Richard Kovacevich, CEO of Wells Fargo

“If you’re crazy enough to do what you love for a living, then you’re bound to create a life that matters. The book Success Built to Last wisely counsels you to go nuts about something meaningful. That’s what you’re here to do, for heaven’s sake. If you do that, then you won’t need to finish this book!”
—Herb Kelleher, Cofounder, Southwest Airlines

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• "You don't have to make a career of everything that is meaningful to you, but you do need to find a place for everything that is meaningful to you. That's the balance that you are seeking." Pg. 55

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.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Senator John McCain
Introduction—From Built to Last to Success Built to Last
1From Great to Lasting—Redefining Success
Part I: Meaning—How Successful People Stay Successful
2Love It or Lose—Passions and the Quest for Meaning
3Portfolio of Passions—It's Not About Balance
4Why Successful People Stay Successful—Integrity to Meaning
Part II: ThoughtStyles—Extreme Makeovers Start in Your Head
5The Silent Scream—Why It's Do Damn Hard to Do What Matters
6The Case Has Charisma—You Don't Have to Be Charismatic to Be Successful
7The Tripping Point—Always Make New Mistakes
8Wounds to Wisdom—Trusting Your Weaknesses and Using Your Core Incompetencies
Part III: ActionStyles—Turning Passion into Action
9Earning Your Luck—Preparing for Serendipity by Using Big Hairy Audacious Goals
10Naked Conversations—Harvesting Contention
11Creating Alignment—The Environment Always Wins
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