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Ian Pollard's latest book Investing in Your Life: Your Biggest Investment Opportunities are Not Necessarily Financial breaks significant new ground through its compelling analogy between the building of human and social capital and the accumulation of financial capital. It shows the same drivers at work, compound interest, annuities, leverage, options, opportunity cost, returns for risk and many more.

This multi-faceted analogy demonstrates that the sky is the limit in human and social capital and makes it easier for you to spot huge upside in your own. This will inspire you to invest your valuable time and energy more wisely and to avoid the systemic underinvestment which typically results from the poor measurability of most human and social dimensions.

Your ultimate prize from Investing in Your Life is greater opportunity and greater meaning. Your life is your responsibility and in this book you will discover tools for identifying and generating those big opportunities which can transform it. Fundamental to this is your capacity to engage with others, mutually leveraging off each others 'Life Capital': human, social and financial.


Stories which inspired the book: Cowie's visit to Paris Stories which inspired the book: Judy's work-life balance


about the author...

Dr Ian Pollard

Over three decades Ian Pollard has been chairman, a director or chief executive of about thirty companies. DCA Group, which he founded in 1984, grew to become one of Australia's 100 largest listed companies. He is currently Chairman of RGA Reinsurance Australia, a director of Milton Corporation, the Purves Environmental Fund and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Ian is an experienced executive coach with Global Coaching Partnership, and has also had wide-ranging involvements in the not-for-profit sector. He is an actuary and Rhodes Scholar and has represented Australia in tennis. Ian serves on the advisory councils of both JP Morgan Australia and the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney

Ian's abiding interest in all these activities is the development of people's capabilities and relationships, their identification of opportunities and the magnitude of what some people achieve and contribute in their lives.

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Comment by: Jo

Great read, thanks


Comment by: Claire

Loved the book, Ian - and congratulations on your appointment as Billabong chair!


Comment by: emma adams

I have just discovered this sight and began exploring the vast possibilities it offers and the resources that are so at hand. This is very clever and needs to be marketing in institutions teaching self-development. Unless each person knows and appreciates one\\\'s potential we are a poorer place.


Comment by: Marcus

Inevitably we are going to have to face longer working lives and I notice that Denmark has already increased retirement age to nearly life expectancy. How are we to find meaningful employment for millions of people when the long term drift in the West is towards highly knowledge intensive businesses moving and adapting fast to changing landscapes.The last 20 years has seen a concentration of the rewards of success in the hands of fewer and fewer people ie less and less people have truly valuable jobs.I think we will have to re-evaluate the meaning of employment and allocate value to tasks such as caring and teaching so that more people can be valued and rewarded for their true contribution.The question is can the few be persuaded to share their treasure?