I haven’t watched a TED talk in a long time. Due to bad internet mostly. Today, feeling a little unproductive, I decided to watch a TEd talk. What I found was both relaxing and inspiring, just what I needed to give my day a kick. If you have time (it’s just 5 minutes) and good internet, I recommend you watch David Brook’s TED talk on the question:’Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?
David argues that within each of us are two selves: 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?
The talk is a bit short but will get you thinking.It will get you thinking, maybe for a few minutes, about which self is winning out in your life — the self who craves success, builds a great résumé, and almost invariably bruises others — family, friends and strangers — along the way. Or the self “who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy.” Just a little food for thought.