"The formula to an effective, successful and meaningful life." --Accenture's Spotlight This profound little book will deepen your understanding of how to become a genius, achieve wealth, take sophisticated action, manage your career, create meaning throughout your life, and much more. It synthesizes the thought of Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Godel, Frankl, Confucius, and many others. It draws insights from information theory, sociology, Zen, psychology, the history of art, management theory, the philosophy of science, and a dozen other fields. It uses the Titanic, avatars, Santa Claus, skateboarding, muses, cocktail parties, Oprah's shoes, and an array of other vivid examples to make its points clear. Lasting Contribution is at once an enjoyable read and deeply thought provoking.Lasting Contribution, though very brief, offers different things to different people: For those who are looking for useful tricks to improve their performance, it's akin to The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People; for those who want to be challenged by interesting ideas, it does so in a way like The Tipping Point and Blink; and for those interested in how philosophy provides help in answering life's questions, it is similar to Man's Search for Meaning. Lasting Contribution may be the shortest book you read this year, but also the most memorable, and the most valuable in terms of how you approach your life. USA Book News, Best Books award, 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2008 Axiom Business Book Award, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award (the "IPPY"), 2008 International Business Awards (the "Stevie"), 2008 World Human Resources Development Leadership Award, 2008 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, 2008"