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Summary

Bloomsbury presents From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks, read by Arthur C. Brooks.

From the best-selling author and columnist behind The Atlantic’s popular How to Build a Life series, a guide to transforming the life changes we fear into a source of strength.

In the first half of life, ambitious strivers embrace a simple formula for success in work and life: focus single-mindedly, work tirelessly, sacrifice personally and climb the ladder relentlessly.

It works. Until it doesn’t.

It turns out the second half of life is governed by different rules. In middle age, many strivers begin to find success coming harder and harder, rewards less satisfying and family relationships withering. In response, they do what strivers always do: they double down on work in an attempt to outrun decline and weakness, and deny the changes that are becoming more and more obvious. The result is often anger, fear and disappointment at a time in life that they imagined would be full of joy, fulfilment and pride.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In From Strength to Strength, happiness expert and best-selling author Arthur C. Brooks reveals a path to beating the “striver’s curse”. Drawing on science, classical philosophy, theology- and history, he shares counterintuitive strategies for releasing old habits and forming new life practises, showing you how to:

  • Kick the habits of workaholism, success addiction and self-objectification
  • Meditate on death - in order to beat fear and live well
  • Start a spiritual adventure
  • Embrace weakness in a way that turns it into strength

Change in your life is inevitable, but suffering is not. From Strength to Strength shows you how to accept the gifts of the second half of life with grace, joy and ever deepening purpose.

©2022 Arthur C. Brooks (P)2022 Penguin Random House LLC

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"In this book, Arthur C. Brooks helps people find greater happiness as they age and change." (The Dalai Lama)

"Arthur Brooks is one of my very favorite thinkers. Witty, wise and insatiably curious, he is one of the few intellectuals who can reliably weave scientific research and everyday observations into what we all really need: succinct advice for a good life." (Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab and author of Grit)

"From Strength to Strength offers real answers to timeless questions about happiness and progress: how can I be happier? How can I have more meaning in life? What is the most important thing to me right now and why?" (Eric Schmidt, former chairman and CEO of Google)

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Just excelent

I am 85 but still looking what I can learn. I need to listen a second time but that is at my age no problem! I have regrets as well as seeing the blessings of my past life. I still have a future ahead in „ loving the divine „

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Your ticket to real freedom is in here

A well argued theory for the route to happiness when we let go of alpha behaviours and embrace our life experiences as a tool for insight and support of others. Bravo

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An inspiring book for those brave to let go of current attachments to current success images and reinvent themselves.

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Brilliant in every way!

Binge listened in one sitting over a weekend and found the content and delivery perfect.
Always prefer the author narrating their own work as they know it best, Arthur C Brooks is no exception in making the book come to life and give added meaning to the text.
Well researched and relevant to me at my stage of life, very much appreciated and highly recommend to those at a certain stage of life feeling confused and conflicted!
Will be heeding much of the advice and suggestions. Thank you.

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Recommended

Lots of useful information in this book that I intend on following. Especially the first half.

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Perfect timing

Was so ready and open to receive this book and now understand the second curve.

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Has made me think completely differently about what I want from my life

Really enjoyed this book. I found it thought provoking, stimulating and made me step back and think about what I want in life as I come to the end of my fluid intelligence phase. Now to plan the actions I will take as a result - Thank you Arthur, I want to thank that man on the plane that prompted you to write this book.

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Insights and Life strategy galore

I am not a typical striver, but someone who takes personal development seriously.
I loved this book, and will use it's wisdom and advice forever...

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  • mcleansibanda
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The man on the plane

The man in the plane storyline. This is an important book of understanding life transitions and embracing them. Very well written and highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

Thank You

Thank you to Arthur C Brooks, the Man on the Plane and Simon Sinek