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In the spring of 2010, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply his wisdom to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning in his own life, which led to this now-classic article. Although Christensen’s thinking is rooted in his deep religious faith, these are strategies anyone can use.

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How Will You Measure Your Life? (Harvard Business Review Classics) by Clayton M. Christensen

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Money Is Not Motivation

Money Is Not Motivation

Motivation factors include personal growth, healthy sleeps, teamwork, love towards your team, a healthy environment.

Other factors include money, salary, recognition, package.

Other factors, if included in job, will cause absence of job dissatisfaction. Opposite of job dissatisfaction is not job satisfaction, it's the absence of it. Money helps you not get dissatisfied. To get satisfied find a job which includes motivational factors too. When both are combined, you get a job you love.

Money is not motivation.


No Plans

No Plans

Until you have found a job where you can get the motivation and other factors in your life, You should not make plans. This is called emergent strategy. You should look what comes in your way. If you have found such a job, deliberate strategy is what awaits. You can imagine this as hundred doors aligned in a corridor, 2 of them are golden rooms. Wouldn't you call a person stupid who blindfolds himself and says that he will open his eyes only at the 87th or 38th door? So planning is not needed in teenage, keep your eyes open.



You first priority is not what you like most, it's what you spent your resources (time, energy, money) on. So, if you think family is your 1st priority, then you have to prove it by spending more resources on your family than any other possibility.


How to find your Drive

The only way to be truly satisfied on what you do is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do a great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found yet Keep looking. Dont settle


In order to find happiness in your Carrier you need to continue looking for opportunities that you believe are meaningfull, in which you will be able to learn new things, to succeed and be given more and more responsibilities to shoulder.

Find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life


The things that makes us Happy

The things that makes us truly Happy is the process of building or working on a certain activities and its not always the final results of that activity.

Hygiene factors such as Money, Status, Compensation, Job security and others are the product of being happy with the job rather than the cause of it.


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