The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Life

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Life


By (author) Randy Kosimar, By (author) Kent L. Lineback

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  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 210mm x 18mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 1578516447
  • ISBN 13: 9781578516445
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 46,379

Product description

What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life...? It's a question most of us consider only hypothetically-opting instead to "do what we have to do" to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed bestseller "The Monk and the Riddle", entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real. The book's timeless advice - to make work pay not just in cash, but in experience, satisfaction, and joy - will be embraced by anyone who wants success to come not just from what they do, but from who they are.At once a fictional tale of Komisar's encounters with a would-be entrepreneur and a personal account of how Komisar found meaning not in work's rewards but in work itself, the book illustrates what's wrong with the mainstream thinking that we should sacrifice our lives to make a living. Described by as "part personal essay, part fictional narrative and part meditation on the nature of work and life," "The Monk and the Riddle" is essential reading on the art of creating a life while making a living. 'Belongs in a category by itself...The best thing I've read all year' - "San Francisco Examiner". 'A timely book' - "USA Today". 'A self-help manual and business fable rolled into one' - "The Times, London".

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Author information

Randy Komisar is a Virtual CEO who has worked with companies such as WebTV and TiVo. He was CEO of LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, CFO of GO, and one of the founders of Claris Corporation.

Table of contents

Prologue - the monk and the riddle; the pitch; the rules of the game; the virtual CEO; the deferred life plan; romance not finance; the big idea; beyond the bottom line; who will elad?; the whole life plan.