The meaningful life…

I’ve become quite cynical about Jim Collins Good to Great. so many of the profile companies have disappeared or fallen from grace. Adding to my falling view of G2G was the writings of Phil Rosenzweig (The Halo Effect) and the writings of Nassim Nicholas Taleb ( Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan). These authors provide a very different perspective on high performance. You might want to check them out and see what you think. Moving on…

As I reread Collins work today, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed his conclusion and how much it aligns with ours at BUILT TO LEAD. Check it out…

“Early in the book, we wondered about how to become Level 5, and we suggested that you start by practicing the rest of the findings.  But under what conditions will you have the drive and discipline to fully practice the other findings?  Perhaps it is when you care deeply enough about the work in which you are engaged, and when your responsibilities line up with your personal three circles.

When all these pieces come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life.  For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.  And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.  Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution.  Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”

Strong CORE, authentic OPUS, and the discipline to PoP it out. These are the seeds for the meaningful life found on the road to mastering the art of living. What do you think?

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