The Road to Character by David Brooks. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success—“résumé virtues”—and our core principles. With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers. Editorial Reviews. Review. “David Brooks's gift—as he might put it in his swift, engaging In The Road to Character David Brooks, best-selling author of The Social Animal and New York Times columnist, explains why selflessness leads to .
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Get this from a library! The road to character. [David Brooks] -- With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Looking to some of the world's greatest thinkers.
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English View all editions and formats Summary: With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways.
In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Looking to some of the world's greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause.
Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint.
Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender.
Civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline, the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade.
Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
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And then I would come across people once a month who just — they just glowed. I remember I was up in Frederick, Md. And I walk in a room — 30 people, mostly women, probably 50 to 80 years old — and they just radiated a generosity of spirit, they radiated a patience and most of all they radiated gratitude for life. And I remember thinking: 'You know, I've achieved career success in life, but I haven't achieved that.
What they have is that inner light that I do not have. And I've only got one life — I'd like to at least figure out how to get there. And writing a book doesn't get you there, but it at least gives you a road map. I have to work harder than most people to avoid a life of smug superficiality. We're both in a weird job where we're in front of a microphone and that presents character challenges where we can think we're right all the time or we get a lot of attention.
But I do think the turning point in a life toward maturity is looking inside yourself and saying, 'What's the weakness that I have that leads to behavior that I'm not proud of? It used to be I just lived life on the surface thinking about politics only or thinking about sort of superficial success only.
I think I'm a little better at that, but I still have the core sin of wanting everybody to love me and avoiding conflict. And so I have to look at that every day and figure out: How can I be a little better on that?
David Brooks Defines The New 'Social Animal' March 7, On the core sins of his book's real-life characters For Bayard Rustin, a great civil rights leader, it was ego — early-in-life ego; for [women's rights activist] Dorothy Day, she was fragmented — her life was all over the place, just scattered; for George Eliot, the novelist, desperate neediness for intimacy; for Dwight Eisenhower, it was his passion — he was an angry, angry man.
And so each of the characters in the book confront some core sin and they figure out a way to beat it, and by the end of their lives they become strong in their weakest places. And they're meant to serve as models for the rest of us.
I try to follow their examples. Sometimes, you know, we're branding ourselves all the time. If you're trying to get jobs, you're boasting about how great you are.
Or if you're on social media, you're, you know, presenting the world with a highlight reel of your life that you put on Facebook. And so we live in a culture I call in the book "the culture of the Big Me," where we're really praised and rewarded for celebrating ourselves all the time.
And in , 12 percent said yes. They asked again in and it was 80 percent who said they were a very important person. So we live in a culture that encourages us to be big about ourselves, and I think the starting point of trying to build inner goodness is to be a little bit smaller about yourself.