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 fascinating case studies include Ludwig van Beethoven, whose most famous symphony was composed after he had completely lost his hearing.) 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 book help you make your life’s second act just as fulfilling as the first.
Weird, but worth it
There was some out of the box philosophies on some of the ideas in this book, but the strongest points he made were outstanding. A worth while read.
A waste of time
book is awful.. a total negative view.. I disagree on many points, there are so many professionals that have been incredibly successful and creative and continued to advance in their field their whole lives.. this book would make people want to just give up.. incredibly disappointing. Only read it if you are ready to hang up your sneakers and give up in life. Moreover, the people that have this defeated attitude are unlikely to have discovered how fruitful life is all the way to the last breath if you are living in service to God. That’s the real issue with being unsatisfied and unfulfilled later in life, a career will never do it, one has to find greater purpose for existing, I would suggest that is Jesus Christ! Don’t waste your time with anything else, you will be unhappy.
I liked the book but …
I kept waiting for something more. As one who had modest success in what Brooks calls spiral careers, I always thought work life balance was just common sense. But he seems to suggest otherwise. Moreover I was bothered by Brooks’ idolizing of faith - given what we know of systemic abuse of children by Catholic priests and other religious leaders.