Living Without A Goal

Living Without A Goal

Finding the Freedom to Live A Creative and Innovative Life

Book - 1995
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Random House, Inc.
In what may be the most radical business book ever published, philosopher Jay Ogilvy shows that living without a goal is the only way to accomplish anything. In the 1980s we ran our lives with all the direction and confidence filofaxes and to-do lists could provide. Always knowing exactly where we were headed, we climbed toward the goals corporate America held out in front of us like so many carrots: higher salaries, better titles, more impressive offices. But after a decade of climbing, the air is getting thin. We crave the chance to create, to express ourselves, and to make a difference, not just a living. It is time, says businessman/philosopher James Ogilvy, to tear up the to-do lists and grant ourselves the freedom to enjoy what E. M. Forster calls "the lights and shades that exist in the greyest conversation." Ogilvy shows that richness and color and flavor flood back into our lives once we set aside the goals that hold us captive. He explores how philosophers (from Plato to Nietzsche), lovers, ideologues, and executives have at one time or another lived without goals. What emerges from his argument is a new look at how to achieve personal creativity and freedom by fashioning one's day to-day life, not as a larger goal-producing machine, but as a personal work of art.

Baker & Taylor
Demonstrating that living without a goal is the only way to accomplish anything, a radical business book rejects traditional corporate rewards and offers advice on achieving personal creativity and freedom by rethinking day-to-day life. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
We've mastered the art of living with goals and what has it gotten us? More commitments, more obligations - and much less time to be playful, loving and alive. What if we could let go of our goals - and our belief that without them we are nothing - and open ourselves to even more productive and fulfilling experiences?
The process of doing this is what James Ogilvy describes. One of a rare breed of full-time philosophers working in business, Ogilvy shows how the need for Authority runs so deep that we are often unaware of its existence. This internal taskmaster determines goals for us - even against our deepest wishes.
Ogilvy shows how to navigate the fertile and frightening territory between mindless obedience and abject aimlessness. He explores how lovers, ideologues, executives and philosophers, from Plato to Nietzsche, have at one time or another lived brilliantly without goals. Goallessness is a new method of achieving personal creativity and freedom by fashioning one's day-to-day life not as a goal in a larger goal-producing machine, but as a personal work of art.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385417993
Branch Call Number: 128 OGI
Characteristics: 201 p

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