Do you have a spare half hour? What will you do with it?
People, with a high need for achievement, commonly misallocate their resources. If they have a spare thirty minutes, they devote it to things that will yield tangible and near-term accomplishments.
Clayton Christensen is thought by some to be the foremost management thinker in the world. As a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, he’s observed how many fails successful people have in managing their lives.
“People who are driven to excel have an unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and over invest in their careers—even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness,” Christensen said.
You have a multitude of demands that compete for your resources; you try to have a rewarding relationship with your spouse, raise great kids, contribute to your community, succeed in your career, contribute to your church, etc. The problem you face is a limited amount of time, energy and talent.
How much do you devote to each of these essential pursuits?
On the last day of class, Professor Christensen asks his MBA students to find answers to three questions:
Robert (Bob) W. Jones is a recovering perfectionist, who collects Coca-Cola memorabilia and drinks Iced Tea. His office walls are adorned with his sons’ framed football jerseys, and his library shelves, with soul food. He writes to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose.
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