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David Brooks:
Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

TED2014 · 5:01 · Filmed Mar 2014
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David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?
5:01 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 28 languages

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

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New York Times columnist David Brooks is the author of “Bobos in Paradise,” “On Paradise Drive,” and the narrative of neuroscience, "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement." Full bio
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