INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“In this book, Arthur C. Brooks helps people find greater happiness as they age and change.” —The Dalai Lama
The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic's happiness columnist Arthur Brooks.
Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs.
What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success?
At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life.
Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.
Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Many of us worry about the cognitive shifts that can happen as we get older, but Harvard Business School professor Arthur Brooks makes a compelling case for embracing those brain changes. Brooks describes two intelligence curves, one that swings up when we’re young and one that increases steadily as we age. Like in sports, people’s mental prowess peaks in their thirties or even twenties, but Brooks explains how you can overcome this by focusing your energy on cultivating your second wave of brain building. (His engaging case studies include Ludwig van Beethoven, whose most famous symphony was composed after he had completely lost his hearing.) Brooks’ clear narration shows off the delivery skills he’s picked up in his decades of teaching. Even if you don’t consider yourself a high achiever, discovering how to up your mental game as you age is a powerful thing. Let this fascinating audiobook help you make your life’s second act just as fulfilling as the first.
Really great stuff for the first 90%. Interesting and new info presented in an easy to understand manner. Very actionable advice. Could have done without the deep dive into religion at the end though.