Archive for June, 2014

Success Built to Last

Success Built to Last was recommended to me by my Leadership and Communication Professor, Matthew Sanders.

The authors conduct intensive interviews of successful people and discuss two overarching points. One, successful people don’t define success as money, wealth, or power, but as accomplishing a personal goal. If the goal isn’t reached for some reason, learn from that mistake and try again. Two, find something you are passionate about. Your should love you passion to the point that makes you socially awkward, says the authors.

I completely agree how the definition of success should be on a personal level, such as creating a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). I completed a sprint triathlon as a BHAG and it turn out I really like doing triathlons. Redefining success is empowering and allows you to find success in almost anything you do.

Finding your true passions, or a portfolio of passions, can be difficult. How do you measure your level of passionateness? Their are things I would be considered a nerd about, but I’m not sure if they would be a passion. Perhaps some of my nerdiness topics will gain strength to the point in which I would be comfortable to calling them a passion.



1776 was recommended to me by my Leadership and Communication Professor, Matthew Sanders.

The main take away from 1776  for me was at the end of the book. Toward the end, McCullough looks into what people thought about Washington. Major General Greene says it best about General Washington. “Out of adversity, he seemed to draw greater energy and determination. His Excellency, George Washington, never appeared in so much of the advantage as in the hour of distress.” What an admirable characteristic, to draw strength from adversity. How do leaders stay determined when the circumstances and/or people seems to be working against them? Perhaps I will discover the answer to this question and others like it by relistening to 1776 and the other books on my list.

At the end of the book, I was taken back by how abruptly it ended. I relistened to the end many times, thinking I had missed something. I wish McCullough went more into more detail of what happened after the winter of 1776. However, if more detail was given, General Washington’s courage and determination might be overshadowed, then loosing the inspiring story how the subpar Continental Army struggled and won against the largest army of the time to create the land of opportunities.