In the article The Moral Bucket List David Brooks writes about résumé virtues and eulogy virtues “…….it occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?
We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character…..”
David came to the conclusion that wonderful people are made, not born — that the people he admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments.
This is a long article – but well worth the read!