Life is a Forest, Not a Tree

It’s easy to get caught up in what has to get done today, this week, this month.

We spend less time on what we want for this year. Or before my children are grown.

Or in my life.

When you’re 82, you won’t remember or care about today’s missed deadline, spilled milk, harsh words.

You will care if you loved and were loved. You will care if big dreams came true.

Today’s tree matters, to be sure. But you’re planting an entire forest. When it’s grown, a few imperfect trees won’t even be visible and wouldn’t matter if they were.

Practical Advice from ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’ by Clayton M. Christensen (An Actionable Books summary)

“I know for sure that none of these people graduated with a deliberate strategy to get divorced or lose touch with their children—much less to end up in jail. Yet this is the exact strategy that too many ended up implementing.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?, page 4

How Will You Measure Your Life extrapolates business and life lessons by combining these principles:

  • what gets measured improves
  • hindsight is easier but foresight is better
  • business and life often run parallel

The advice throughout the book focuses not on the minutiae but the big picture, teaching business lessons and applying them to life choices. The result is forceful in its clarity and simplicity.

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