Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success

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Wharton professor Richard Shell created the Success Course to help his world-class MBA students answer two questions that aren’t as obvious as they seem: “What, for me, is success?” and “How will I achieve it?”

Based on that acclaimed course, Springboard shows how to assess the hidden influences of family, media, and culture on your beliefs about success. Then it helps you figure out your unique passions and capabilities, so you ...

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Overview

Wharton professor Richard Shell created the Success Course to help his world-class MBA students answer two questions that aren’t as obvious as they seem: “What, for me, is success?” and “How will I achieve it?”

Based on that acclaimed course, Springboard shows how to assess the hidden influences of family, media, and culture on your beliefs about success. Then it helps you figure out your unique passions and capabilities, so you can focus more on what gives meaning and excitement to your life, and less on what you are “supposed” to want.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shell (Bargaining for Advantage) offers a guide to a more fruitful life based on his popular “Success Course” at the Wharton School of Business. In the first part of the book, the reader learns about developing his or her own definition of success—a process that includes determining the ideal life to lead and redefining happiness as something beyond family, friends, and fortune. Citing research on happiness and wealth, as well as anecdotes and spiritual wisdom, Shell concludes that meaningful work—i.e., work that uses your talents, “ignites you emotionally,” and is financially rewarding, in addition to building health and strong relationships—is the true measure of success. The latter half of the book illustrates the most viable way to pursue this new concept of prosperity: expand your social circle, increase your self-confidence, and focus on your unique skill set. Along the way, Shell incorporates worksheets and exercises, and he shares stories about people at different points in their careers, from Ivy League business school students to would-be retirees, who reinvented themselves to become happy, well-rounded individuals whose work inspires them and benefits larger communities. Shell’s nine steps to success are simple enough to follow, and readers may come away believing that a more prosperous life is attainable with a few tweaks and a little soul searching. Agent: Michael Snell, Michael Snell Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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“Springboard is our pick for Business Book of the Year, the one we believe best helps those in business define success and achieve it. [It is] an even handed, well researched, and thoroughly humanistic book [that] needs to find a home on the shelves—and in the hearts and minds—of anyone who wants to be more successful.”
800CEOREAD,Winner of the 2013 Best Business Book of the Year

“In addition to [Shell’s] obvious expertise in the specialties of negotiation, persuasion, and interpersonal influence, his outstanding book on achieving success has exactly what this kind of examination needs, common sense and encouragement.”
—Booklist (STARRED review)
 
“Shell’s nine steps to success are simple enough to follow, and readers may come away believing that a more prosperous life is attainable with a few tweaks and a little soul searching.”
Publishers Weekly

“Written with expert cadence, this book manages to be an 'easy read' without skimping on quality. Shell provides ample research findings, anecdotes, and the expert guidance he’s gleaned from his work in the field.”
800CEOREAD’s “Books to Watch: August 2013”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591847007
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 445,552
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

G. Richard Shell is a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and creator of its popular Success Course. His previous books include Bargaining for Advantage and, with Mario Moussa, The Art of Woo. He lives near Philadelphia.

Visit www.grichardshell.com.

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