Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen Shares His Advice On How To Be Successful

Posted: May 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, one of the world's leading business thinkers best known for The Innovator's Dilemma, has just put out another book, "How Will You Measure Your Life?"

He uses business case studies like how the Honda Super Cub took over America to show people how they can achieve personal success.

See our interview with Christensen below, edited for clarity.

On how to be successful

If you dont have any idea of what kind of person you want to become, its all pointless. You really need to figure out, "Whats the purpose of my life? What kind of person does God want me to become? How do I need to invest my time and energy?" Without that youre in a boat without a rudder.

And not go to jail like his former HBS classmate Jeffrey Skilling

Just hoping that youll become a certain kind of person isnt enough. Hold to your standards all of the time. Every time you have an opportunity where you can depart even "just this once under this circumstance" well, your life is just an unending stream of "extenuating circumstances." Everyone decides "just this once."

To become the kind of person you want to become, youve got to have discipline. It's easier to keep to your standards 100 percent of the time versus 98 percent of the time.

On how to manage your time

Most people have never thought through how they're going to allocate their time. You need to make a decision in advance. I never work on Saturday. I dont ever work on Sunday either. If you make that decision on a macro level once, when all the incremental decisions arise on an incremental basis, life is easier.

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Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen Shares His Advice On How To Be Successful

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