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OCT
09
2013

Profound Insights on Success

There’s an interesting and profound book out by Professor Richard Shell that’s inviting people down the path of discovering their definition of success.

Defining success is a topic I speak on and many of Shell’s insights closely mirror thoughts I’ve had on the subject. In his new book, Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success, Shell offers interactive sections as well as stories from students he’s taught over the years. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up, I highly recommend it as a resource.

 

5 Profound Insights on Success from a Wharton Professor Devoted to Understanding it

Last summer, Parade magazine and Yahoo! Finance jointly surveyed 26,000 Americans and discovered that nearly 60% of them fully regretted their career choices.

That’s an incredibly sad statistic, of course–especially when you consider that job satisfaction has become the most critical factor to a person’s sense of well-being and overall happiness with life.

So how is it that so many people have found themselves in careers that leave them feeling empty and unfulfilled? According to Wharton Business School professor Richard Shell, one likely reason is they didn’t ask the right questions at the start.

“I think that for a lot of these people,” says Shell, “they hadn’t thoughtfully defined what success would look like in their own terms before pursuing work that aligned more closely with family, social or cultural expectations. They hadn’t thought at the beginning to look for a suit of clothes that would fit them.”

Over the 27-year span since he first became a professor, Shell never stopped thinking about the concept of success–and the process by which people best discover their own values and purpose. He read Aristotle, Plato, Charles Lindbergh, Dale Carnegie, Benjamin Franklin, and myriad others before finally distilling the collective wisdom into a university-wide seminar called, “The Literature Of Success.” With clear intention, Shell designed the curriculum he “would have wanted to have taken when I was a senior in college” to ensure his students left school far better prepared to make the important life choices that lay ahead for them.

After teaching his course to students and faculty for more than a decade, Shell now has documented his lessons in his recently released book, Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search For Success.

Regardless of whether you are just about to finish college or are at the threshold of considering a career change, Springboard is written to help you discover what gives your life the greatest meaning–so you can set your own path and define success on your own terms.

Link to the rest of the story at FastCompany.com

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