Clayton M. Christensen Quotes

Who is Clayton M. Christensen?

Clayton Magleby Christensen is an American academic, business consultant and author of the book 'How Will You Measure Your Life?'.

Born April 06, 1952

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“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.”

“Justification for infidelity and dishonesty in all their manifestations lies in the marginal cost economics of 'just this once'.”

“Resisting the temptation whose logic was “In this extenuating circumstance, just this once, it’s OK” has proven to be one of the most important decisions of my life. Why? My life has been one unending stream of extenuating circumstances. Had I crossed the line that one time, I would have done it over and over in the years that followed.

The lesson I learned from this is that it’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time. If you give in to “just this once,” based on a marginal cost analysis, as some of my former classmates have done, you’ll regret where you end up. You’ve got to define for yourself what you stand for and draw the line in a safe place.”

Competing Against Luck Quotes

“New products succeed not because of the features and functionality they offer but because of the experiences they enable.”

Competing Against Luck

“The Walkman cassette player was temporarily put on hold when market research indicated that consumers would never buy a tape player that didn’t have the capacity to record and that customers would be irritated by the use of earphones. But Morita ignored his marketing department’s warning, trusting his own gut instead. The Walkman went on to sell over 330 million units and created a worldwide culture of personal music devices.”

Competing Against Luck

“When we buy a product, we essentially “hire” something to get a job done. If it does the job well, when we are confronted with the same job, we hire that same product again. And if the product does a crummy job, we “fire” it and look around for something else we might hire to solve the problem.”

Competing Against Luck

Disrupting Class Quotes

“Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation. The same is true for learning.”

Disrupting Class

How Will You Measure Your Life? Quotes

“As I look back on my own life, I recognize that some of the greatest gifts I received from my parents stemmed not from what they did for me—but rather from what they didn’t do for me.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Each of us may have a different process for committing to our likeness. But what is universal is that your intent must be to answer this question: who do I truly want to become?”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“I had thought the destination was what was important, but it turned out it was the journey.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“If anyone believes that he is working harder but is being paid less than another person, it would be like transplanting cancer into this company.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“If the decisions you make about where you invest your blood, sweat, and tears are not consistent with the person you aspire to be, you’ll never become that person.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“If you defer investing your time and energy until you see that you need to, chances are it will already be too late.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“In fact, how you allocate your own resources can make your life turn out to be exactly as you hope or very different from what you intend.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

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“In order to really find happiness, you need to continue looking for opportunities that you believe are meaningful, in which you will be able to learn new things, to succeed, and be given more and more responsibility to shoulder.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“In our lives and in our careers, whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly navigating a path by deciding between our deliberate strategies and the unanticipated alternatives that emerge.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

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“In your life, there are going to be constant demands for your time and attention. How are you going to decide which of those demands gets resources? The trap many people fall into is to allocate their time to whoever screams loudest, and their talent to whatever offers them the fastest reward. That’s a dangerous way to build a strategy.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Our default instincts are so often just to support our children in a difficult moment. But if our children don’t face difficult challenges, and sometimes fail along the way, they will not build the resilience they will need throughout their lives. People who hit their first significant career roadblock after years of nonstop achievement often fall apart.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Resources are what he uses to do it, processes are how he does it, and priorities are why he does it.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“The only metrics that will truly matter to my life are the individuals whom I have been able to help, one by one, to become better people.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“This may sound counterintuitive, but I deeply believe that the path to happiness in a relationship is not just about finding someone who you think is going to make you happy. Rather, the reverse is equally true: the path to happiness is about finding someone who you want to make happy, someone whose happiness is worth devoting yourself to.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“While experiences and information can be good teachers, there are many times in life where we simply cannot afford to learn on the job. You don’t want to have to go through multiple marriages to learn how to be a good spouse. Or wait until your last child has grown to master parenthood. This is why theory can be so valuable: it can explain.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

“You can talk all you want about having a clear purpose and strategy for your life, but ultimately this means nothing if you are not investing the resources you have in a way that is consistent with your strategy. In the end, a strategy is nothing but good intentions unless it's effectively implemented.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

The Innovator's Dilemma Quotes

“Disruptive technologies typically enable new markets to emerge.”

The Innovator's Dilemma

“Investing time and energy in your relationship with your spouse and children typically doesn’t offer that same immediate sense of achievement. Kids misbehave every day. It’s really not until 20 years down the road that you can put your hands on your hips and say, “I raised a good son or a good daughter.” You can neglect your relationship with your spouse, and on a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t seem as if things are deteriorating. People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers—even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.”

The Innovator's Dilemma

“Watching how customers actually use a product provides much more reliable information than can be gleaned from a verbal interview or a focus group.”

The Innovator's Dilemma

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The Innovator's DNA Quotes

“The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.”

The Innovator's DNA

The Innovator's Solution Quotes

“Necessity remains the mother of invention.”

The Innovator's Solution

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