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A Life Worth Living: Michael Smurfit's Autobiography by [Smurfit, Michael]
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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHYA Life Worth Living A Life Worth Living A LIFE WORTH LIVING is a page-turner - a fascinating story, just the present for one's favourite entrepreneur. The Market, Enterprise Ireland, Summer 2014 He is undoubtedly one of the greatest business leaders in Irish history, a superb deal-maker who has improved the lives of millions. - Smurfit provides chapter and verse on how he built up Ireland's first-ever multinational corporation. Andrew Lynch, The Sunday Business Post, 4 May 2014 - it should be required reading for any aspiring young business man or woman in Ireland. Sean Farrell, Irish Independent, 5 April 2014 The book gives many insights into the growth of the Smurfit Group's empire over the years, its roots, its key move into the US, where it was taken private, and the subsequent float as Smurfit Kappa. Ex Post Facto, The Sunday Business Post, 6 April 2014 In the book, he shows his 'logical opportunism' in action and explains how the Smurfit culture and systems provided a world-beating competitive advantage. Social & Personal, May 2014 Was Michael Smurfit Ireland's greatest businessman of the last century? There are certainly very few like him, or even close. Tom Lyons, The Irish Times, 3 April 2014

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Born in St Helens, Lancashire in August 1936, Michael Smurfit joined his father's business, Jefferson Smurfit & Sons Ltd. in Dublin, straight from school to learn the papermaking business 'from the bottom up'. Two years after the company floated on the Irish Stock Exchange, Michael and his brother Jeff became Joint Managing Directors, as Jefferson Senior took on the role of Chairman and Chief Executive. Then followed 30 years of acquistions, as the Jefferson Smurfit Group became Ireland's first multinational company and one of the largest paper and packaging companies in the world. In 2002, Michael took the Smurfit Group private, retiring as CEO but remaining Chairman. In this role, he steered a merger with Kappa Packaging BV, which successfully refloated in 2007 as Smurfit Kappa Group.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6461 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Tree Press (4 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JDLA69M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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Mr Smurfit is one of the most successful businessmen of our generation, turning what seems to have been a SME in 50s/60s into a large successful multinational generating billions $ every year by 90s. He is also hugely accomplished in other areas too including bring the Ryder Cup to Ireland, UCD Business school to name but a few. He is a person to be greatly admired.

Nevertheless this book will not stand side by side with his other achievements. Its poorly written in parts, almost like a kid had a hand in its drafting - its repetitive also using the same phrases and quotes throughout. It also includes anecdotes which seem to be dropped in at odd places to prove a point or a theme but actually add to its clunkyness.

Overall it could have achieved a lot more and has a feel of a rushed exercise. Disappointing as I expected it to be better.
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One way of writing an autobiography is to get all your friends and associates to send you letters of praise - and then publish long passages from their replies. This saves you some of the embarrassment of singing your own praises and also gets you through quite a lot of pages.

They say the unexamined life is not worth living, but Michael Smurfit is not into self-examination. In his description of his own life, weaknesses (which we all have) and failures (which we all experience) put in no appearance. This guy presents himself as the born successful entrepreneur, one who, after a hesitant start, never ever got it wrong... Really? His self-hagiography is more than a little embarrassing. He tells us proudly of his enormous self-modesty, for instance, he is surely the greatest man in the world for modesty...

Obviously, a bit of humour and self-irony would have done the book good, would have made the figure of Smurfit come alive, rather than being just a figure cut out from Smurfit cardboard; but humour and irony are not Michael's fortes. It would also have been interesting to see where his enormous craving for recognition came from, surely a product of extreme insecurity? Was it the shadow of his father? Or the severe illness he suffered as a young man? Or his lack of educational finish? Or was there something else altogether, something he doesn't tell us about? I rather suspect it. And why does he tell us virtually nothing of his family life, apart from brief mentions of skiing trips and so on? His first marriage (and divorce) do get some space but not what he subsequently went through. Could it be that he didn't actually have much of a family life?

But the fact that this is not a great book doesn't detract from the great story he has to tell.
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In our unrelenting pursuit of excellence, humility and humour are virtues indispensable in every day life. And the best way to predict one's future is to shape it, and Michael did just that by outlining his strategy and leaving the tactics to his knowledgeable and incisive field commanders; for knowledge and possession of information are vital for the creation of wealth and ongoing success cannot be achieved except by incessant intellectual labour. Ultimately, happiness is what success is all about and happiness makes one's life worth living. "J’ai décidé d’être heureux parce que c’est bon pour la santé!" "Who does not Love Wine Women & Song will be a Fool for his Lifelong!" according to Martin Luther, it may well be attributed to Michael who to have remained young while growing old is truly the highest blessing.
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A fantastic book and a wonderful insight into the Smurfit empire from its humble beginnings all the way through to the end. Very interesting take on business and the dedication shown by one man. Must read.
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I have always had the highest respect for the Smurfit family. This book is very frank and honest, describing his father's humble beginnings of self employment, right through to the growth of the Jefferson Smurfit Group.

I would advise every entrepreneur to read this highly engaging autobiography.
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Pompous and self fulfilling without any touch of humility or modesty. What a great Guy I am and look at what I have achieved by myself !!
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Very egotistical book, did not enjoy it. The history of the group is interesting but the writing style is awful
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As a former employee of the Smurfit Group I found the book most informative and it took me on a journey down memory lane. There is no doubt that Michael Smurfit has a unique business brain and a great drive to pursue his targets. It was a pleasure to have lived within the Smurfit family during the informative years of my life and indeed to have met my future wife within the organisation during this unique experience. The book revokes many fond memories of times and indeed former colleagues. I would recommend it to any business students who would hope to pursue a career along the lines of this master.

Peter Byrne
9th June 2014.
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