Happiness Experiment no 41: practice your eulogy virtues not your résumé skills

David Brooks suggests in this short TED talk that within each of us are two selves, the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. Can we balance these two selves? Perhaps, once we know them both.  We would probably all agree that the things we want to be remembered for, our eulogy virtues are probably not the things we spend the most time thinking about.  If we focus more on why we think we are here on this earth and less about what we want to achieve maybe it will be easier to tap in to the virtues which matter most in order to live a good life.  If we make each action we take or each thought we think a legacy question it is easier to focus on what matters.  I often ask myself before I take action: “Is this really what I want to be remembered for?” If the answer is no, perhaps it is better to make a different choice. Watch this inspiring TED talk and let me know if it helps you make better decisions about your life’s path.

 TED talk by David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?

 

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 25th May 2015

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