Success Built to Last

  • by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
  • Narrated by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
  • 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your company, your career, and your life. Written by three thought leaders in organizational development and self-improvement, including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras, Success Built to Last challenges conventional wisdom at every step. It draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world. Meet billionaires, CEOs, presidents of nations, Nobel laureates, and celebrities. Meet unsung heroes who've achieved lasting impact without obvious power or charisma. Famous or not, almost all started out ordinary.
Above all, discover why successful people stay successful and how you can too.


Why it's so damn hard to do what matters, and what you can do about it
See what you have in common with people who have impacted the world we live in, such as Nelson Mandela, Charles Schwab, and Maya Angelou
Learn how these enduringly successful people harvested their victories and failures, and found the courage to follow their passions
The audio edition of Success Built to Last includes a variety of bonus materials, including audio excerpts from interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, Senator John McCain, Dell Computers CEO Michael Dell, and writer Maya Angelou. Co-authors Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, and Mark Thompson also give insight into the creation of, and the research behind, Success Built to Last.

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What the Critics Say

"You can make a difference if you put your passions to work in a way that builds a better life for you, your business, and your community. Success Built to Last shows you how." (Steve Forbes, Editor in Chief, Forbes)
"Everyone wants success, but you can do better than that. This is an extraordinary book that finally reveals a meaningful 'secret formula' for success based on the lives of remarkable people." (Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Brands)
"If you're crazy enough to do what you love for a living, then you're bound to create a life that matters. Success Built to Last wisely counsels you to go nuts about something meaningful. That's what you're here to do, for heaven┬┐s sake." (Herb Kelleher, Chairman and Cofounder, Southwest Airlines)

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Find your passion

My first audible.com book and it was a great way to start. An interesting book that builds on the Good to Great concepts but applies it to the leadership traits of enduringly successful people. Whether you aspire to be this or not will not be changed by this book, but it does provide some great insight and self evaluation opportunities into what has truly driven successful people. It helped to bridge the gap between the hype in some books about finding your meaning in life and some real examples where this has occured. It will cause you to think about what you are passionate about and whether this drives enduring satisfaction in your life that could impact others. A mix of narrators in the book helped break it up and make it an enjoyable listen.
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- Don

I lost interest fast

Not much substance to this one idea - do what you love or you are doomed - which is delivered in a hard sell style which is a big turn off. I turned it off after hearing one of the writers attribute the term " irrational exuberance" to Alan Greenspan. Life's too short to listen any further
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- Pocket Empire

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2006
  • Publisher: Success Built to Last, LLC