I am not much of a book reader.  Most of my reading is from the web. I read a lot from the Internet and I mean a lot.  This is a collection of some of my favorite articles/blogs I have read.

How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen

Mr. Christensen is a professor at Harvard’s elite business school.  The gist of the article is: business skills will get you so far but creating a strategy for your life is much more important to help you create success.

Over the years I’ve watched the fates of my HBS classmates from 1979 unfold; I’ve seen more and more of them come to reunions unhappy, divorced, and alienated from their children. I can guarantee you that not a single one of them graduated with the deliberate strategy of getting divorced and raising children who would become estranged from them. And yet a shocking number of them implemented that strategy. The reason? They didn’t keep the purpose of their lives front and center as they decided how to spend their time, talents, and energy.

The choice and successful pursuit of a profession is but one tool for achieving your purpose. But without a purpose, life can become hollow.

Unfortunately the capitalists don’t want you to download a free copy.  I love Harvard Business Review but what sucks is that its free for a while then the article becomes pay to play.  I strongly suggest that you print to pdf if you want to save it for later.  If you want a copy of the above article send me an email and we can figure out a way to get this to you.

Steve Jobs: Career Advice for Tough Times By Carmine Gallo

The main keys are Put a dent in the universe, Kick-start your brain, Say no to 1,000 things, Master presentation skills and Don’t let bozos get you down.

Innovation sits in a lonely place because very, very few people have their courage of their convictions and the self-confidence to tune out negative voices. Perhaps the greatest lesson Steve Jobs teaches us is that risk-taking requires courage. Believe in yourself and your vision and be prepared to constantly defend those beliefs. Only then will you be able to lead an “insanely great” life and career.

Why do we fail? And how do we fix it? By Harvey Mackay

I love to read Harvey Mackay.  He is a seasoned business owner and a great writer of ideas.

Lack of persistence. More people fail not because they lack knowledge or talent, but just because they quit. It is important to remember two words: persistence and resistance. Persist in what must be done and resist what ought not to be done. We all have had setbacks in life. Failing does not mean we are failures!

Lack of conviction. People who lack conviction take the middle of the road. But what happens in the middle of the road? You get run over. People without conviction go along to get along because they lack confidence and courage. They conform in order to get accepted even when they know that what they are doing is wrong.

Rationalizing. Winners may analyze but never rationalize. Losers rationalize and have a book full of excuses to tell you why they could not succeed.

Not learning from past mistakes. Some people live and learn, and some only live. Wise people learn from their mistakes. Failure is a teacher if we have the right attitude. I’ve always said experience is the name we give to our mistakes.

Lack of discipline. Anyone who has accomplished anything worthwhile has never done it without discipline. Discipline takes self-control, sacrifice and avoiding distractions and temptations. It means staying focused.

Poor self-esteem. Poor self-esteem is a lack of self-respect and self-worth. People with low self-esteem are constantly trying to find themselves, rather than creating the person they want to be.

Fatalistic attitude. A fatalistic attitude prevents people from accepting responsibility for their position in life. They attribute success and failure to luck. They resign themselves to their fate, regardless of their efforts, that whatever has to happen will happen anyway.

Go to his website and read the rest of the article.  It’s brilliant.