Success Built to Last

Success Built to Last

Creating A Life That Matters

Book - 2007
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Presents a series of interviews with successful people who demonstrate the author's three elements of success: involvement with something they are passionate about, the cultivation of a sense of responsibility and accountabiliy, and taking effective action.


Chosen by BusinessWeek as one of the top 5 books of 2006 in careers. Read the full story at

Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your life and work. Authored by three legends in leadership and self-help – including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras – it challenges conventional wisdom at every step. Success Built to Last draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world. Meet billionaires, CEOs, presidents of nations, Nobel laureates and celebrities – the rich, the famous and the unknown. Meet unsung heroes who've achieved lasting impact without obvious power or charisma. Famous or not, most started out ordinary. Discover how successful people "harvest" their strengths and their weaknesses, their victories and their surprising failures. Discover how you can find meaning in your life and work just as they did and summon the courage to follow your passions. Above all, see how they've sustained success for decades and you can too.

Foreword by Senator John McCain


Introduction—From Built to Last to Success Built to Last

Chapter 1: From Great to Lasting—Redefining Success

Part I: Meaning—How Successful People Stay Successful

Chapter 2: Love it or Lose—Passions and the Quest for Meaning

Chapter 3: Portfolio of Passions—It’s Not About Balance

Chapter 4: Why Successful People Stay Successful—Integrity to Meaning

Part II: ThoughtStyles—Extreme Makeovers Start in Your Head

Chapter 5: The Silent Scream—Why It’s So Damn Hard to Do What Matters

Chapter 6: The Cause Has Charisma—You Don’t Have to Be Charismatic to Be Successful

Chapter 7: The Tripping Point—Always Make New Mistakes

Chapter 8: Wounds to Wisdom—Trusting Your Weaknesses and Using Your Core Incompetencies

Part III: ActionStyles—Turning Passion into Action

Chapter 9: Earning Your Luck—Preparing for Serendipity by Using Big Hairy Audacious Goals

Chapter 10: Naked Conversations—Harvesting Contention

Chapter 11: Creating Alignment—The Environment Always Wins

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out—A Look at the Research Behind Success Built to Last


Biographical Index


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Porras (organizational behavior, emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business), author of the best-selling Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, joins Stewart Emery, one of the fathers of the human potential movement (and the first CEO of est), and Mark Thompson, an executive coach, to challenge conventional wisdom about success. Drawing on conversations with billionaires, Nobel laureates, and celebrities, as well as spiritual and political leaders, they show how to discover a passion make it the center of one's career and life. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Wharton School Pub., c2007
ISBN: 9780132287517
Characteristics: xvii, 278 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Emery, Stewart 1941-
Thompson, Mark 1957-

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