Success Built to Last

Preface

Creating A Life That Matters

Since Built to Last was released a decade ago, the principles in Collins and Porras’ original book have been an inspiration to millions of people in their business and career. Many people have said that these ideas have also helped them explore the deeper issues of "Who am I? What do I stand for? What is my purpose? How do I maintain my sense of Self in this chaotic, unpredictable world? How do I infuse meaning into my life and work? How do I remain renewed, engaged, and stimulated?"

We thought these questions were a great place to start in writing Success Built to Last. We strive for success, yet hunger for much more meaning in our lives — we’re all looking for success that lasts and that matters.

To find answers, we are on a continuing mission to find remarkable men and women who have found success and meaning in their lives. We’ve already interviewed hundreds of accomplished people, many of whom are especially difficult to meet: the rich and powerful — billionaires, the leaders of nations and CEOs, but also people who will never have material wealth. We interviewed social workers who toil for our communities far from the spotlight, along with educators, physicians, scientists, artists — all people who have had lasting impact on their world for at least 20 years. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.