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From Strength to Strength


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From the bestselling 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Man on the Plane Who Changed My Life Chapter 1: Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think Chapter 2: The Second Curve Chapter 3: Kick Your Success Addiction Chapter 4: Start Chipping Away Chapter 5: Ponder Your Death Chapter 6: Cultivate Your Aspen Grove Chapter 7: Start Your Vanaprastha Chapter 8: Make Your Weakness Your Strength Chapter 9: Cast into the Falling Tide Conclusion: Seven Words to Remember Acknowledgments Notes Index

About the Author

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks is a Professor of the Practise of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He is author of twelve books, including Build the Life You Want with Oprah Winfrey, Love Your Enemies and The Road to Freedom. He is a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast ‘The Arthur Brooks Show,’ and subject of the documentary film The Pursuit, currently streaming on Netflix.


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

A valuable guide to finding new purpose and success in later life.
*Daily Mail*

This book is amazing. We've all read it cover to cover. We couldn't put it down.
*Chris Evans*

Brooks has amassed vast research on happiness... and filled the book with explanations and theories about brain function and its ups and downs through time.
*The Independent*

To the overachievers, success addicts, and tired strivers who are fairly confident you can’t keep it up forever but will try anyway - this book is for you. Arthur Brooks shows you it’s possible to build a life that really does get better with age.
*Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and The Infinite Game*

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*

In this sparkling book, Arthur Brooks considers one of the oldest and deepest questions in the spiritual tradition, namely, how to navigate the tricky waters that separate the first and second halves of life. I found inspiration and hope literally on every page.
*Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles*

Brooks appears to have a clear strategy here: first he horrifies you, then he bucks you up. An alternate title for this book could be The Good News About Your Inevitable Decline. Most of us strivers believe we can keep racing until we run out of road. Arthur is trying to save us pain and maximize our contributions to the species. Every ambitious person should read this.
*Dan Harris, author and former ABC News anchor*

From Strength to Strength is a wise and inspiring guide to reimagining the rest of your life. If you’re a striver tired of striving, this remarkable book is for you.
*Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive, When, and A Whole New Mind*

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