There are lots of planners, systems, seminars, and books to help achieve goals, get organized, and plan. But MEANINGFUL PRODUCTIVITY is the first comprehensive approach for one's LIFE - not just work or home. It is based on an integrative philosophy of living that has evolved and been acid-tested in the real world by its originator. It is designed to be specifically tailored to your needs, goals, and ambitions.
MEANINGFUL PRODUCTIVITY is designed to be simple and unencumbered. It is basically a hybrid of a scheduling system/planner with a to-do list. Its simplicity is its power. It is my goal to get MEANINGFUL PRODUCTIVITY out to the masses, via Amazon so it is as affordable as it is easy to use. I am not too concerned with my copyright, other than you recognize my authorship and perhaps may wish to use my consultative services or purchase other materials, via DrChrisStout.com.
My focus is on life significance. This significance is defined via achievement with satisfaction. Significance wins out over success. Meaning and individualized importance are drivers. Sure, sometimes these result in outward reward of status, celebrity, or wealth, but these are side-effects, not ends. This philosophy is best stated in one of my mottos: "Do important things."
I feel the accomplished life is ongoing, not an endpoint. Accomplishment should occur across the life span. Life thus needs a design. Certainly randomness has its place, and entropy can make for an enjoyable calamity, but a life left to be "designed" by chance is too much at risk of being wasted.
Some choose to simplify their lives. And this has become quite popular as of late. I support this philosophy with clarification: to simplify is to be unencumbered from the unnecessary, not to sacrifice needs and self-defined reasonable wants.
It is my philosophy to support high-achievement over over-achievement. Over-achievers tend to be more driven by obtaining external trappings resultant from achievement rather than inherent drive by the work itself. These are the individuals who risk burn out they are those who feel heavy work involvement is expected by a superior (not the result of an "internal" motivation); or feel a need to perform for others; or feel pride in external/material attainment over intrinsic satisfaction in the work itself; and then they reach a point in mid- to late-career that results in the "is this all there is?" phenomenon.
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About the Author
He is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives which was ranked as a Top Healthcare Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits.org (2011 and 2012). His entrepreneurial experience is demonstrated in multiple start-ups that include the areas of financial management, healthcare centers, engineering, two dot-coms, real estate, and executive coaching (with a top-tier client list that includes Oracle). He is also a Clinical Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois.
he served as a NGO special Representative to the United Nations. he holds the distinction of being one of only 100 world-wide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow and he was an Invited Faculty at the Annual Meeting in Davos. he is the founder of GordianKnot, LLC, an executive leadership consultancy and he runs the Department of Research for a national sports and rehabilitation medicine organization.
Dr. Stout is a Fellow in three Divisions of the American Psychological Association, past-President of the Illinois Psychological Association, and is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. He has published 35 books and his works have been translated into 8 languages. He is the winner of the APA International Humanitarian Award, the IPA Humanitarian Award, International Psychology's Outstanding Psychologist Award.
Dr. Stout was educated at Purdue, University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, and Forest Institute and was Valedictorian of his doctoral class. At Harvard Medical School as a Fellow in neurodevelopmental pediatrics. He has received two honorary doctorates and was Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Purdue University.