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Everyone wants to succeed. But in a world where corporate CEOs carve out multimillion dollar contracts and Britney Spears is front-page news, society’s view of success is entirely skewed. Authors and Harvard faculty members Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson take a hard look at idealized celebrity success and adopt a view that is the opposite of the popular attitude that promotes going for the maximum. Instead, they advocate learning how to be satisfied with "just enough." Through careful self-examination and structured fulfillment exercises, the authors explain how to obtain success in four main areas of your personal and professional life: happiness, achievement, satisfaction and legacy. Ironically, for a book titled Just Enough, it supplies way too much verbiage and analysis. But finds the topic timely and well researched. Those who are striving for balance and just the right amount of success will find this self-help book extremely useful, although those who deeply want it all may be tougher to dissuade.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the media perpetuates images of celebrity and maximized achievement that seemingly put success beyond the reach of normal people;
  • How to understand the four categories of success and the necessary interplay among them; and
  • How to apply the technique of "just enough" to your ideals of success and satisfaction.

About the Authors

Laura Nash is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. Her previous books include Intentions Aside; Church on Sunday, Work on Monday and Policies and Person. Howard Stevenson is a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and senior associate provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning. He has authored or co-authored eight books and dozens of articles on business, entrepreneurship and success.



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