What's Your Life Strategy?

Do you have a strategy for your life? According to Clay Christensen, you should have one: "Your decisions about allocating your personal time, energy, and talent ultimately shape your life’s strategy."

While at Oxford, he spent an hour every night thinking and reading about the purpose of his life. What he learned:

  • "People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers—even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness."
  • "...it’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to “just this once,” based on a marginal cost analysis, as some of my former classmates have done, you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place."
  • "Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people."