Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work

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A powerful dose of wisdom in a concise package, Lasting Contribution is filled with profound and effective advice on how to make the kinds of contributions — to work, to organizations, to communities — that really matter. Drawing from such varied sources as Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Victor Frankl, and Confucius, this book marshals insights that touch on information theory, sociology, Zen, psychology, art history, management theory, and other fields. Waddington's deft ability to illuminate his ideas using colorful examples — everything from the Titanic and Santa Claus to skateboarding and Oprah's shoes — make the book as engaging as it is wise and thoughtful. Above all, Lasting Contribution offers different benefits to different readers: insightful tips for a better work performance for those looking to improve their careers; practical life-applications for those grappling with high philosophical ideas; and food for thought for thought for anyone seeking to enrich their lives generally.

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Lasting Contribution won a National Best Books 2007 Award and Kirkus said, "A self-help guide that assembles scholarly and scientific material to illustrate why things happen, why people act and how those people can plan actions that make a difference. Unlike the average motivational guru who seems to have read a single book--the one he or she has just written--Waddington has read them all, so readers will learn what ancient thinkers, religious leaders, modern scientists and rival motivational guides teach about human behavior. ... A thought-provoking work that bears rereading."

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This profound little book will show you how to create meaning in your life, take sophisticated action, manage your career, and make a lasting contribution to the world.

PRAISE FOR TAD WADDINGTON AND LASTING CONTRIBUTION

"Tad Waddington's thesis is as simple as it is profound: we can and should make a positive difference in our world. This little book is full of big ideas." -James Gross, associate professor, Department of Psychology, Stanford

"Tad Waddington boldly makes the case for a purposeful life, for making a deep and lasting positive impact in the world. More than that, he explains the habits of mind, problem-solving processes, and life practices necessary to make the most of our individual skills, passions, and powers. Inspiring, empowering, and deeply useful for everyone considering which road to take, or whether to blaze a new trail. I refer to it regularly for guidance and inspiration." --Caprice Young, CEO, California Charter Schools Association, former president of the Los Angeles Unified School District

"Be inspired. Make a lasting contribution. Read this book. Twice." --Marvin Zonis, professor, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

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