From 1996 to 2006, Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson interviewed more than 200 "enduringly successful people," seeking their personal insights as a follow-up to Porras’ bestselling book Built to Last. The authors began each interview with an open-ended question designed to provoke an unstructured conversation about the meaning of success. The authors drew from these highly personalized revelations to extrapolate the qualities that high achievers share, particularly a driving desire to have meaningful impact. The authors vetted their perceptions by surveying business experts about their findings. While the book’s ideas aren’t new - follow your passion, be optimistic, build a great team - they are reliable, and the insight into business celebrities’ thoughts is instructive and valuable. If you share the drive to make a difference and lead a life of purpose, getAbstract recommends this book. It can help you pursue your goals with gusto.
In this summary, you will learn
- What makes "builders" successful over the long term;
- How some well-known builders regard their success; and
- How to build "enduring success" by pursuing meaningful goals.
About the Authors
Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson teach self-improvement and organizational development. Porras, professor emeritus of organizational behavior and change at Stanford, co-wrote Built to Last. Emery wrote Actualizations and The Owner’s Manual for Your Life. Thompson is a veteran entrepreneur and executive coach.