Home » Book & Literature Review » The Long Game | Dorie Clark | Book Review

The Long Game | Dorie Clark | Book Review

The Long Game

Book Review

The Long Game | Dorie Clark

Review by Sidra Javed

User Rating: 3.53 ( 2 votes)

The Long Game
Dorie Clark

The Long Game is excellent for revamping or managing and developing careers. It emphasises the importance of long term thinking and taking small steps for future. It tells about the setbacks you might come across and how to keep your eyes on the ball. Dorie Clark talks about different forms of success perceived by individuals. We are afraid of taking chances. We crave stability in life, in careers and in finances. But taking a different approach, taking an initiative could be a breakthrough in making things better.


We often influenced by people around us and search clues from their success by sorting their advice. But in reality the ever changing world where everyday something new turns up, we have to give up our comfort zones. Throughout in The Long Game, she hands out simple tips. She gives a piece of advice that start saying no. Say yes to only those things that excite you. In this way, you will save your valuable time and energy.

Similarly, accept that you can’t be good at everything. In order to do good, accept that you will be terrible at something else. So don’t waste time and energy on it. Think bigger, don’t constrain by what’s possible right now. Think about where you would like to be in future. Start moving that way. She suggests to think in decades, not months or a few years. Ride out short term losses and setbacks in order to achieve bigger things over time. Seek out development opportunities proactively. Devote 20% of your time exploring new areas and then heads down mode for execution.


The most important thing is networking. She drives us through the short term, long term and infinite horizon networking. The dos and don’ts. She lays out the reality of playing long games in terms of failures and setbacks. At times it can be lonely, maddening and unfulfilling. But when you become patient enough, you will be the rewarding. Set realistic goals and develop a clear picture from where to start so that you can pace yourself.
The Long Game is divided into chapters. There’s a summary of each chapter at the end with highlights of important points. There are plenty of examples to relate to. This is a very useful book. I recommend it.

Previous review by Sidra Javed, The City of My Heart

About Sidra Javed

Sidra Javed is a home maker yet reading enthusiast. She loves reading different genres and likes to share her views with others, hoping this will inspire others to take up reading books. On the contrary she's interested in Calligraphy and Art too. She loves adding creativity and delicacy in food.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *