David Brooks: The Summoned Self

Posted on March 15th, by James in Press & Reviews, Thoughts & blogs. No Comments

David BrooksDavid Brooks of the New York Times has posted an article, The Summoned Self, exploring the ways to think about your life. He references the original How Will You Measure Your Life? article posted in the Harvard Business Review. From the article:

Christensen advised the students to invest a lot of time when they are young in finding a clear purpose for their lives. “When I was a Rhodes scholar,” he recalls, “I was in a very demanding academic program, trying to cram an extra year’s worth of work into my time at Oxford. I decided to spend an hour every night reading, thinking, and praying about why God put me on this earth.

“That was a very challenging commitment to keep, because every hour I spent doing that, I wasn’t studying applied econometrics. I was conflicted about whether I could really afford to take that time away from my studies, but I stuck with it — and ultimately figured out the purpose of my life.”

Once you have come up with an overall purpose, he continues, you have to make decisions about allocating your time, energy and talent. Christensen, who is a professor at the Harvard Business School and the author of several widely admired books, notes that people with a high need for achievement commonly misallocate their resources.

Read the rest of Brooks’ article at the New York Times.

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