In his book The Road to Character, David Brooks makes a distinction between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues”.
Resume virtues make you competitive in the job market and contribute to external success. They aren’t bad in themselves, but when we step back from the hustle and bustle, we feel a vague sense that something is missing. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, that sense isn’t so vague.
Eulogy virtues, on the other hand, foster meaning in a fragmented world. These virtues lead to a life well lived — kindness, compassion, love, humility, wisdom, courage, and integrity to name a few — and are how we want to be known.
It’s the Eulogy virtues that gave life meaning…and what we set our hearts, minds and efforts towards being and becoming.