The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

by Dorie Clark
The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

by Dorie Clark


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Your personal goals need a long-term strategy.

It's no secret that we're pushed to the limit. Today's professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe.

How can we break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives we all seek?

Just as CEOs who optimize for quarterly profits often fail to make the strategic investments necessary for long-term growth, the same is true in our own personal and professional lives. We need to reorient ourselves to see the big picture so we can tap into the power of small changes that, made today, will have an enormous and disproportionate impact on our future success. We need to start playing The Long Game.

As top business thinker and Duke University professor Dorie Clark explains, we all know intellectually that lasting success takes persistence and effort. And yet so much of the relentless pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what's easy, what's guaranteed, or what looks glamorous in the moment. In The Long Game, she argues for a different path. It's about doing small things over time to achieve our goals—and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard.

In The Long Game, Clark shares unique principles and frameworks you can apply to your specific situation, as well as vivid stories from her own career and other professionals' experiences. Everyone is allotted the same twenty-four hours—but with the right strategies, you can leverage those hours in more efficient and powerful ways than you ever imagined. It's never an overnight process, but the long-term payoff is immense: to finally break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life and your career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647820572
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 381,292
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dorie Clark is a consultant and keynote speaker who teaches executive education at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. She is the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out. The New York Times has described Clark as an "expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives." Her books have been translated into eleven languages. Learn more and download your free self-assessment at

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section 1 White Space

1 The Real Reason We're All So Busy 21

2 Saying No (Even to Good Things) 31

Section 2 Focus Where It Counts

3 Setting the Right Goals 55

4 Time to Explore 73

5 Think in Waves 95

6 Strategic Leverage 115

7 The Right People, the Right Rooms 129

Section 3 Keeping the Faith

8 Strategic Patience 159

9 Rethink Failure 173

10 Reap the Rewards 191

Coda: Three Keys to Becoming a Long-Term Thinker 209

Notes 213

Index 217

Further Resources 227

Acknowledgments 231

About the Author 233

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