Success Built to Last by Jerry Porras
Creating a Life that Matters

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Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your life and work. Authored by three legends in leadership and self-help — including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras — it challenges conventional wisdom at every step. Success Built to Last draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world. Meet billionaires, CEOs, presidents of nations, Nobel laureates and celebrities — the rich, the famous and the unknown. Meet unsung heroes who've achieved lasting impact without obvious power or charisma. Famous or not, most started out ordinary. Discover how successful people "harvest" their strengths and their weaknesses, their victories and their surprising failures. Discover how you can find meaning in your life and work just as they did and summon the courage to follow your passions. Above all, see how they've sustained success for decades and you can too.


Foreword by Senator John McCain



Introduction–From Built to Last to Success Built to Last

Chapter 1: From Great to Lasting–Redefining Success


Part I: Meaning–How Successful People Stay Successful

Chapter 2: Love it or Lose–Passions and the Quest for Meaning

Chapter 3: Portfolio of Passions–It’s Not About Balance

Chapter 4: Why Successful People Stay Successful–Integrity to Meaning


Part II: ThoughtStyles–Extreme Makeovers Start in Your Head

Chapter 5: The Silent Scream–Why It’s So Damn Hard to Do What Matters

Chapter 6: The Cause Has Charisma–You Don’t Have to Be Charismatic to Be Successful

Chapter 7: The Tripping Point–Always Make New Mistakes

Chapter 8: Wounds to Wisdom–Trusting Your Weaknesses and Using Your Core Incompetencies


Part III: ActionStyles–Turning Passion into Action

Chapter 9: Earning Your Luck–Preparing for Serendipity by Using Big Hairy Audacious Goals

Chapter 10: Naked Conversations–Harvesting Contention

Chapter 11: Creating Alignment–The Environment Always Wins

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out–A Look at the Research Behind Success Built to Last



Biographical Index



About Jerry Porras

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JERRY PORRAS coauthored (with Jim Collins) Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, which has sold over one million copies. He is Stanford Graduate School of Business Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change, Emeritus, and lectures worldwide.STEWART EMERY, considered one of the fathers of the Human Potential Movement, served as the first CEO of EST, cofounded Actualizations, and is the bestselling author of Actualizations: You Don’t Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself and The Owner’s Manual for Life. As a consultant, he asked questions that led MasterCard to its legendary “Priceless” campaign.MARK THOMPSON is an executive coach, advisor to senior management teams, award-winning audio book producer, and former executive producer of Forbes Magazine listed him as one of America’s top venture investors with the “Midas” touch.
Published September 12, 2006 by FT Press. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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