A funny coincidence! I posted an article earlier today concerning the lack of loyalty and satisfaction in workplaces in Singapore. The article ended with a note on the attitudes exhibited by those around me of their work, “just a job” as they called it. My 40-minute bus ride home from work gives me plenty of time to catch up on my reading or podcasts. This time, I decided to start reading Clayton Christensen’s “How Will You Measure Your Life”. I roughly knew the contents of the book – that’s the key reason one buys a book, isn’t it? – but I hadn’t expect to like it from the first 8-paged Prologue.
Though the author is an illustrious figure – a professor in the Harvard Business School who ran in circles with those in Fortune 500 corporations and written a couple of bestsellers to which he is best known for the “The Innovator’s Dilemma” – his book is humble and honest. Reading it till page 37 thus far, it reminds me of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. Both books, light and small in nature, deceive you to thinking that these small books can’t possibly offer much substance, but in actual fact, through the simple use of focal perspectives and theories, they deeply question our motivations in life.