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How Will You Measure Your Life?

https://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life

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How Will You Measure Your Life?
Editor's Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They've spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success.

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Guiding your life decisions

The best way to find answers to life decisions is to understand the framework that guides the answers.

With the framework in mind, anyone can answer their own questions more insightful than an outsider can.

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Find answers to these questions

  1. How can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career? 
  2. How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and my family become an enduring source of happiness?
  3. When life sends you in the wrong direction, how can you be sure you'll stay out of jail? 

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Happiness in your career

Frederick Herzberg states that the motivator in our lives isn't money.

  • The motivator is the opportunity to learn;
  • To grow in responsibilities;
  • To contribute to others;
  • To be recognized for achievements.

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Build people up

How you interact with people affect their lives.

For instance, if an employee feels underappreciated, frustrated and undervalued, her self-esteem will be affected. In turn, it will influence how she interacts with her family.  But, if she had learned a lot and are recognized for her achievements, she will positively affect her spouse and children.

The deep rewards in life come from building up people.

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The Essential Things

Normally we are tied up in the unessential, the trivial, small demands that take up our time and energy.

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