From JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani and leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith

The classic books on achievement were written for a world of the past…

Modern Achievement reveals the innovative new framework that young leaders need to succeed in our rapidly-changing modern reality.

Today’s aspiring leaders are redefining achievement. They understand achievement as a process for individual empowerment—discovering who they are, where they want to go, and how they want to change themselves and the world around them. That world is more global, decentralized, dynamic, and diverse than ever before. Rather than just setting goals for achievement, today’s graduates are focusing on the process of achieving goals, resetting and pivoting to face new realities, and finding happiness in the journey.

Today’s young leaders need a fresh approach for achieving success in their lives and careers. Enter Asheesh Advani and Marshall Goldsmith.

In Modern Achievement, Junior Achievement Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani and celebrated leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith offer thirty actionable lessons for personal and career success.

Using vivid storytelling from the lives of Advani and Goldsmith as well as established leaders and young achievers they have met, Modern Achievement empowers emerging leaders to claim their individual power to grow, achieve, and lead others.

This book supports JAs mission.
Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to Junior Achievement.


Asheesh Advani

Asheesh Advani is the CEO of JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide, one of the largest NGOs in the world dedicated to preparing youth for employment and entrepreneurship. During his leadership tenure, JA Worldwide has been selected annually as one of the top 10 social good organizations in the world and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Advani is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having led two venture-backed businesses from start-up to acquisition. He is an in-demand speaker and regular guest at major conferences, having served as a panelist or moderator at the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the Young Presidents Organization, and Fortune 500 corporate gatherings.

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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is the founder of the Marshall Goldsmith Group and 100 Coaches. The inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School and a Thinkers50 Management Hall of Fame inductee, he has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He is the author or editor of more than thirty-five books, including the classic New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

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Praise for Modern Achievement

“Marshall and Asheesh are the right people at the right time to tackle the important work of modernizing the definition of achievement. They approach the task with humility and ambition in equal measure. This book is a must-read and destined to be a modern classic.”

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, 12th President of the World Bank

 “Fixed-Flexible-Freestyle provides a profoundly useful framework for thriving in turbulent times. By embracing the inevitable messiness of achievement, this wise book teaches young leaders how to iterate their way to fuller, more meaningful lives.”

Daniel H. Pink, author of The Power of Regret and the #1 New York Times bestseller Drive

Modern Achievement is breaking the mold! To be an effective leader for the future, outdated paradigms must be replaced with the kind of innovative approach you’ll find in this book. Asheesh and Marshall have dug deeply into this sea change in work and life, drawing from the collected wisdom of top management thinkers as well as young strivers from around the world to create a revolutionary guidebook to success and leadership for the next generation.”

Mel Robbins, New York Times bestselling author and host of the award-winning Mel Robbins Podcast

Modern Achievement is an important modern-day manual that redefines the journey of persistence, hard work, and success for today’s fast-paced world. I would recommend this book to anyone about to embark on the journey.”

Mr Eazi, African pop star and pioneer of Banku music

“Written for young achievers, Modern Achievement is full of practical insight for any leader looking to adapt to an ever faster changing world. Having had the opportunity to work closely with Junior Achievement Worldwide and Asheesh Advani, and being intimately familiar with Marshall Goldsmith’s leadership vision, I am delighted that the world now gets to learn and benefit from their combined wisdom and experience.”

Rens van den Broek, Partner, McKinsey & Company

“I wholeheartedly endorse Modern Achievement. It’s a source of inspiration and a guide for readers to embrace their unique paths, adapt to the ever-changing world, and lead with authenticity and purpose. Get ready to be inspired, to grow, and to lead with this transformative book.”

Davido, Grammy-nominated pop star; Founder, Davido Music Worldwide

“Asheesh Advani has a global perspective on success and achievement that is rare. This book is forward-looking and practical. Every young person should read it!”

Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement; United Nations Secretary General’s first Envoy on Youth

“Be original. That is the advice that I share with young people. I love the framework in Modern Achievement as it allows each individual to find lessons for life based on their unique strengths and goals. Young people everywhere will enjoy this book.”

Anupam Kher, Award-winning actor, director, and international best-selling author of The Best Thing about You is You

Modern Achievement is a terrific book, especially for younger people. It combines the wisdom of past leaders, such as Dale Carnegie, and adds valuable and powerful insights for today’s generation. Kudos to Asheesh Advani and Marshall Goldsmith on a new manual for success!”

Joe Hart, President & CEO, Dale Carnegie & Associates, and co-author of Take Command

“My own achievement journey has not been linear, so this book resonates deeply on a personal level. Every young adult, educator, and parent will benefit greatly from reading it. More broadly, this book points the way for the US education system to embrace a more flexible, purposeful, and inspiring definition of achievement.”

Jeff Wetzler, co-CEO, Transcend; and author of Ask

Modern Achievement is drawn from the fascinating personal journey of the authors, including overcoming a chronic stutter, as well as the truly global experiences of Junior Achievement that transcend geography and time, and embrace the wonderful differences that make us all individuals. If you want to understand some highly practical lessons and a process that can increase your level of achievement and more importantly fulfilment along the way—this is the book for you!” 

Adam Warby, Chairman, Heidrick and Struggles; Chairman, Software One; CEO Emeritus, Avanade

“Synergistically blending Advani’s entrepreneurial expertise with Goldsmith’s acclaimed leadership wisdom, this book presents a transformative guide for the new generation of leaders to carve their path to success. Modern Achievement is an indispensable companion for those seeking to make an indelible mark in the modern era.”

Hortense le Gentil, Author of The Unlocked Leader and Aligned

“In the evolving landscape of success, this book represents a major shift from the linear path of doing X to get Y to a whole new paradigm. While paying homage to the wisdom of icons like Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey, the innovative Fixed-Flexible-Freestyle framework offers thirty actionable lessons that redefine the idea of achievement (something we all thought we knew) for the modern era. A must-read for anyone who wants to grow, learn, and lead!” 

Urs Koenig, founder, Radical Humility Leadership Institute; former UN peacekeeper; and author of Radical Humility

“Who better than the CEO of JA Worldwide and the legendary Marshall Goldsmith to meld the wisdom of the past with the fresh thinking of the new generation to redefine success for a changing world? Both timeless and timely, Modern Achievement is a necessary book for today's aspiring leaders.”

Hubert Joly, former CEO, Best Buy, and author of The Heart of Business

“A thoughtful, wise, practical guide for students and young adults.” 

Amy C. Edmondson, Harvard Business School professor and author of Right Kind of Wrong and The Fearless Organization

“Asheesh received the Tony Hsieh Award for his innovative leadership of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Marshall is one of the world's top leadership experts. The fixed-flexible-freestyle approach to leadership is brilliant and can help individuals, teams, and organizations. Every aspiring leader should read this book.” 

Keith Ferrazzi, New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

“This wonderful book is like a private mentor and guide whispering wisdom to you during pivotal moments in your life.” 

Carol Kauffman, Founder, Institute of Coaching; Harvard Medical School professor and co-author of Real-Time Leadership

“We are long overdue for a reexamination of the concept of achievement, and I can’t think of two better people to tackle that task than Asheesh Advani and Marshall Goldsmith. The two have shared powerful stories from their own lives and experiences to create a book that will help redefine modern achievement in today’s rapidly changing world.”

Robert Glazer, #1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ElevateElevate Your Team; and Friday Forward

Modern Achievement is brilliant. In a world where careers are increasingly non-linear, unfolding like spirals rather than along predictable lines, traditional career advice focused on long-term goal-setting feels obsolete. Asheesh and Marshall have succeeded spectacularly in remedying this by laying down the principles and practices essential for navigating portfolio careers. This book is essential reading for anyone under forty—or better yet, anyone under ninety, since we all need to keep learning, growing, and redefining our purpose throughout our lives.”

Sally Helgesen, coauthor of the international bestseller How Women Rise and author of Rising Together

“We all aspire to live to our fullest potential. Read this brilliant book and get the inspiration and tools you need for a life of true modern achievement!”

Sanyin Siang, Executive Director, Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics at Duke University and author of The Launch Book

Modern Achievement serves as a Swiss Army knife of methods, models, and inspiring stories. I wish this book had existed when I started my entrepreneurial career.”

Christian Erfurt, Co-founder, BeMyEyes

Modern Achievement provides excellent methods for future leaders to help chart their own success journey while finding accomplishment along the way and not just at the finish line.”

Ankur Gopal, CEO, Interapt

Modern Achievement is a wonderful process to reach your goals and objectives that we use in our ‘Working Together’ process of lifelong learning and continuous improvement. This process enables serving with humility and love to create value for all the stakeholders and the greater good.”

Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing and Ford


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