Success Built To Last

I read a book with the potential of changing lives: "Success Built To Last" by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson. I had blogged a summary of Porras’s previous book – Built to Last here.

With this book, I’ve decided to quote some important lines, directly from the book. These lines are published in the book and the copyright is with the authors. My intent is to share some of the lines/quotes that I thought would have an impact. Many of these lines have also been highlighted in the book by the authors.

In these lines, builders are those individuals who have built an enduringly successful life.

·         Healthy, sustainable societies require the creation of healthy, sustainable organization, and great organizationa and societies acna only be built by human beings who can grow and create meaningful success.

·         We learned that, for the most part, extraordinary people, teams, and organizationa are simply ordinary people doing extraordinary things that matter to them.

·         Until you "figure out what success means" to you personally and to your organization, leadership is an almost "pointless conversation," Drucker said.

·         Famous executives out there fundamentally gild the lily. They don’t tell you the awful truth about the pain you will face.

·         The current definition of success is a potentially toxic prescription for your life and work.

·         Become consciously aware of what matters to you and then rally your thought and action to support your definition of meaning. That is what we call alignment.

·         Most of us worry more about being loved than being what we love.

·         Many things in life don’t last, but meaning does.

·         Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

·         Listen up — here’s some really bad news : It’s dangerious not to do what you love.

·         When you are deeply immersed in the process of doing whatever you are doing, an completely lose track of time and place, you are in a flow experience.

·         Celebrating what’s right with the world is an excruciatingly unhip and uncool thing to do. We are carefully trained by safety-conscious parents, in-laws, institutions of higher learning, and the evening news to ignore or ridicule optimistic people.

·         No one can tell you what risks you should take. We are insisting that you must choose a path that you love, for better or for worse.

·         If I see something I don’t like, I try to change it, and if can’t change it, I change my position of looking at it, and then by seeing it from a different anble, I might be able to  change it; or I might find some good in it that I can use, which might make it change itself.

·         Ironically, at the same time socitey insists that you do one thing with your life, those same cultural norms pressureyou to have a "balanced" life split into neat little slices.

·         You don’t have to make a career of everything that is meaningful to you, but you do need to find a place for everything that is meaningful to you. That’s the balance that you are seeking.

·         Carve out a little time each week, on the job or after work, to experiment in some way with one of your other passions.

·         For leaders, to ask them why they’re still "working" is to dismiss their passiona as trivial pursuits. We made that mistake more than once in our interviews. It seemed an innocent question, but only served to demonstrate that we didn’t get it.

·         If there was one thing they all do consistently –  one value that they all share in common – it is integrity to what matters to them.

·         Each of us has to struggle in our own individual way to achieve a measurement of success.

·         As it turns out, all of the stories of enduringly succcessful people have some improbable quality to them.

·         Happy endings come from listening to that little voice inside your head – some call it the whisper – about what matters to you.

·         Ultimately, no form of acquisition(having) or activity(donig) can lastingly deliver what we long for – the authentic exprience of being fully alive.

·         Do you care more about being loved than being what you love?

·         Enduringly successful pepole ahve concluded that their commitment to the service of others is also in their self-interest.

·         Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

·         In order for you to do what matters in a way that you are healthy, you can’t pretend or deaden out like a machine – to steel yourselft doesn’t work. You have to feel everything and use it.

·         Your personality is not what determines enduring success; it’s what you do with your personality that counts.

·         If it’s worth doing, then for heaven’s sake, treat it as if it’s worth doing.

·         Life takes "passion, determination, and skill," Condi Rice cautioned. You can’t skip any of those three and expect to enjoy success built to last.

·         I found that people who are always worried about the next move in the chess game of their life never quite get at that move.

·         Builders insist that self-esteem comes from trying and failing, trying and failing, then succeeding with small wins and doing the work as little better each time.

·         Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. – Dick Enberg

·         Builders harvest failure.

·         Builders achieve enduring success when they pour themselves into constructive habits-limiting their "addictions" to the apssions that serve them.

·         They just tolerate the risks, feel the fear, take the brick-boats, learn from failure, and do what matters to them anyway.

·         Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

·         The biggest dividend may be what the rest of us can learn from the builders’ struggle.

·         Builders let go of what doesn’t work when it isn’t working. They don’t make the future pay the debts of the past.

·         Builders claim that it’s your choice to decide whether to be the victim or a beneficiary of what there is to harvest from the most difficult circumstances.

·         Anything worth doing cannot be done alone.

·         Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.

·         Like the princes in the story, builders describe their path as adventures filled with bad breaks and unplanned good fortune. Only a prepared mind and open heart prevails.

·         Indeed, for Builders who stay true to what they know and what matters to them, things actually have a knack of turning out better than they imagined.

·         This is one of the best lessons from human history: You may or may not be to blame for what happens to you, but either way you are responsible for doing something about it.

·         Disagreement is refresing when two men lovinly desire to compare their views to find out truth. Controversy is wretched when it is only an attempt to prove another wrong.

·         One of the oddly inspiring ActionStyles of enduringly successful people is that contention is something they actually seek out.

·         Builders see creative contention as part of a rich collaborative process that never ends – it inspires action day in and day out in an ever-changing environment.

·         Any one of the team members can click on the button and give the management a "stupid rule to kill."

·         Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

·         There is no greater feeling in life – no gretare freedom – than to know that you can be yourself and part of a group that is engaged in a cause that is greater than you are.

·         The thing that matters is meaning! It drives everything. Builders align their attention to the things that matter to them, and they know a lot about that stuff.

·         Highly accomplished people use language in an instinctive or intuitive way – and it’s focused on what they’re focused on what they’re trying to accomplish.

Let’s enduringly succeed…


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October is the "Giving" month at Microsoft. Everyone from a college hire to a VP is excited about "Giving" back to the communities and changing the world. One of the most commendable perks of working at Microsoft is the chance to make a significant socio-economic impact on the world through generous culture within the company. Microsoft employees donate more hours and dollars than any other large company in the world. What is even better is that Microsoft matches dollar for dollar for up to $12,000 worth of donations per employee per year. It gets even better – for every hour that an employee spends in volunteering, Microsoft matches the time by donating $17 per hour spent by an employee to a non-profit organization.

I had read much about philanthropy and seen it first hand in my family, but never really got an opportunity to donate much of my own money or time.

This year was different. I discovered the power of microfinance, through a visionary mentor – Mike Murray and things changed. I spent few months to learn the concept and study the results. What attracts me to microfinance is its enormous potential to eradicate poverty through entrepreneurship.

I am thankful to my friends, who’ve joined me in evangelizing the potential impact of microfinance and especially the work done by Unitus. I’m also thankful to Kristi Heim at Seattle Times, who is helping spread the word of microfinance. Kristi says, Seattle may shape Microfinance 2.0

Let’s eradicate poverty..


check out: Unitusvideo

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The art of recruiting a star team in a startup

I tend to hang out with a bunch of entrepreneurs, just for the kicks. One of the most critical concerns amongst my entrepreneur friends has been "recruiting star team members/partners for their startup." To address this and several other practical concerns of entrepreneurship, I’ve initiated a regular idea-sharing medium amongst pro and budding entrepreneurs in the Seattle area. With the help of TiE, I am starting a special interest group(SIG) on entrepreneurship. Here’s the invite for the first gathering..

SIG |Entrepreneurship:

The Art of recruiting a star team in a startup

(A TiE-member only event)

The art of recruiting is the purest form of evangelism because you’re not simply asking people to try your product, buy your product, or partner with you. Instead, you are asking them to bet their lives on your organization. Can it get any scarier for them, and tougher for you, than this? said Guy Kawasaki on recruiting. The first few employees/partners/team members determine the core DNA of a startup and greatly influence the fate of the venture. Recruiting first employees/partners is typically the most important decision that an entrepreneur makes during the early stage. We will discuss experiences on:

  1. Three simple criteria for recruiting

a.       Recruit better than yourself

b.      Hire infected people

c.       Bellevue Square Shopping Center Test for recruiting

  1. Five failure-proof steps to recruit super stars

a.       Sell all decision makers

b.      Wait to compensate, don’t start with the offer letter

c.       Don’t assume you’re done, after the offer is accepted

d.      Convince, how you can change the world together

e.      Use all your weapons

  1. Three things you’ll pay the lawyers for:

a.       Deciding: Hire a full time employee vs contractor vs outsource

b.      Sell your vision without giving away intellectual property

c.       Compensation details, stock options, vesting period and more

Guru Panelists:
Vijay Vashee, TiE Chairman

Shirish Nadkarni, TiE Charter Member and Entrepreneur

James Sanders, Partner and Attorney, Perkins Coie

Host :
Kintan Brahmbhatt, Moderator and Entrepreneurship SIG Chair

About Entrepreneurship SIG:

What is Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group (SIG):

A TiE-exclusive forum for serious entrepreneurs to share and learn pragmatic entrepreneurship.

Core Activities:

The TiE Seattle entrepreneurship SIG chair plans to organize meetings/discussions on a practical facet of entrepreneurship, where entrepreneurs and thought leaders will share and learn pragmatic entrepreneurship from each other’s experiences. TiE


will also invite seasoned entrepreneurship gurus to share their views and experiences with fellow entrepreneurs.

These meetings will be highly participatory and all attendees are expected to participate and share their experiences.

You may register here, if you want to share your thoughts with the thought leaders.

Thursday, October 19th, 6-8 PM in Microsoft Cafe 34, Redmond, WA 98052

Let’s recruit.


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