Saturday, April 25, 2015

the people to admire

This piece by David Brooks is one of the best Times articles I've ever read. He discusses the qualities he reveres in others and describes the limited landscape of external success. It's worth a read if you haven't checked it out already.



"But all the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin, whether it is selfishness, the desperate need for approval, cowardice, hardheartedness or whatever. They have traced how that core sin leads to the behavior that makes them feel ashamed. They have achieved a profound humility, which has best been defined as an intense self-awareness from a position of other-centeredness."

"The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be."

3 comments:

  1. That is very profound. Humility is a key quality.

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  2. Very good point, and I fully agree with it. It takes lots of guts to be better than oneself.

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  3. "The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be." Love that!

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