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From Strength To Strength
The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic’s happiness columnist Arthur Brooks. Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs. What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success? At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life. Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness. Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.
More books by Arthur C. Brooks
1. HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Nonprofits and the Social Sectors (featuring “What Business Can Learn from Nonprofits” by Peter F. Drucker)
Nonprofits and the social sectors are taking on an increasing share of the world’s most vital work. Make sure your organization is ready for the challenge. If you read nothing else on nonprofits and the social sectors, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you align your organization’s mission and strategy, deliver immediate impact, and create lasting change. This book will inspire you to: Choose the right problem to solve Understand when the best practices of for-profits don’t apply Assemble an engaged and goal-driven board of directors Make the most of for-profit initiatives and corporate partnerships Drive demand, scale up, and be ready to change course Learn from the success stories of the world’s most respected nonprofit leaders This collection of articles includes “Lofty Missions, Down-to-Earth Plans,” by V. Kasturi Rangan; “What Business Can Learn from Nonprofits,” by Peter F. Drucker; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Desmond Tutu”; “Are You Solving the Right Problem?” by Dwayne Spradlin; “Life’s Work: An Interview with George Mitchell”; “Enterprising Nonprofits,” by J. Gregory Dees; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Wynton Marsalis”; “State Street’s CEO on Creating Employment for At-Risk Youths,” by Joseph Hooley; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Salman Khan”; “Do Better at Doing Good,” by V. Kasturi Rangan, Sohel Karim, and Sheryl K. Sandberg; “AEI’s President on Measuring the Impact of Ideas,” by Arthur C. Brooks; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Michelle Bachelet”; “The New Work of the Nonprofit Board,” by Barbara E. Taylor, Richard P. Chait, and Thomas P. Holland; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Bill T. Jones”; “Reaching the World’s Poorest Consumers,” by Muhammad Yunus, Frederic Dalsace, David Menasce, and Benedicte Faivre-Tavignot; “Life’s Work: An Interview with Muhammad Yunus”; and “Audacious Philanthropy: Lessons from 15 World-Changing Initiatives,” by Susan Wolf Ditkoff and Abe Grindle.
2. Love Your Enemies
To get ahead today, you have to be a jerk, right? Divisive politicians. Screaming heads on television. Angry campus activists. Twitter trolls. Today in America, there is an “outrage industrial complex” that prospers by setting American against American. Meanwhile, one in six Americans have stopped talking to close friends and family members over politics. Millions are organizing their social lives and curating their news and information to avoid hearing viewpoints differing from their own. Ideological polarization is at higher levels than at any time since the Civil War. America has developed a “culture of contempt”—a habit of seeing people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless. Maybe you dislike it—more than nine out of ten Americans say they are tired of how divided we have become as a country. But hey, either you play along, or you’ll be left behind, right? Wrong. In Love Your Enemies, New York Times bestselling author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks shows that treating others with contempt and out-outraging the other side is not a formula for lasting success. Blending cutting-edge behavioral research, ancient wisdom, and a decade of experience leading one of America’s top policy think tanks, Love Your Enemies offers a new way to lead based not on attacking others, but on bridging national divides and mending personal relationships. Brooks’ prescriptions are unconventional. To bring America together, he argues, we shouldn’t try to agree more. There is no need for mushy moderation, because disagreement is the secret to excellence. Civility and tolerance shouldn’t be our goals, because they are hopelessly low standards. And our feelings toward our foes are irrelevant; what matters is how we choose to act. Love Your Enemies is not just a guide to being a better person. It offers a clear strategy for victory for a new generation of leaders. It is a rallying cry for people hoping for a new era of American progress. And most of all, it is a roadmap to arrive at the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences.
3. The Conservative Heart
Arthur C. Brooks, one of the country’s leading policy experts and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for happiness, unity, and social justice—a movement of the head and heart that boldly challenges the liberal monopoly on “fairness” and “compassion.” Drawing on years of research, Brooks presents a social justice agenda for a New Right—an inclusive, optimistic movement with a positive agenda to fight poverty, promote equal opportunity, extol spiritual enlightenment, and help everyone lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Firmly grounded in the four “institutions of meaning”—family, faith, community, and meaningful work—it is a call for a government safety net that actually lifts people up and offers a vision of true hope through earned success. Clear, well-reasoned, accessible, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is a welcome strategy for conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas—and for politically independent citizens who believe that neither side is adequately addressing their needs or concerns.
4. The Road to Freedom
Argues that the Obama administration has used the economic crises to move away from free enterprise and offers a way back via sound public policy.
5. The Battle
America faces a new culture war–one that threatens our long-standing culture of free enterprise. Free enterprise embodies the values that define us as a nation: individual liberty, equal opportunity, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance. But the recent economic crisis has distorted these values, leading many Americans to forget the evils of socialism–which, as Arthur C. Brooks reveals, is back with a vengeance. Its proponents are playing for keeps, and if they win, America will be changed forever, both economically and culturally. At once a call to action and a crucial redefinition of the gulf that divides Americans, The Battle offers a plan of action for the defense of free enterprise, the very soul of America.
6. Wealth & Justice
Popular opinion would have us believe that America’s free market system is driven by greed and materialism. But what if the conventional understanding of capitalism is wrong? In Wealth & Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism, Peter Wehner and Arthur C. Brooks explore how democratic capitalism depends upon and reinforces Christian values. The fruits of this system include the alleviation of poverty, better health, and greater access to education than at any other time in human history—but also a more significant prosperity: the flourishing of the human soul
7. Wealth and Justice
Popular opinion would have us believe that America’s free market system is driven by greed and materialism, resulting in gross inequalities of wealth, destruction of the environment, and other social ills. Even proponents of capitalism often refer to the free market as simply a ‘lesser evil’ whose faults are preferable to those of social democracy or communism. But what if the conventional understanding of capitalism as corrupt and unprincipled is wrong? What if the free market economy actually reinforces Christian values? In Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism, Arthur C. Brooks and Peter Wehner explore how America’s system of democratic capitalism both depends upon and cultivates an intricate social web of families, churches, and communities. Far from oppressing and depriving individuals, the free market system uniquely enables Americans to exercise vocation and experience the dignity of self-sufficiency, all while contributing to the common good. The fruits of this system include the alleviation of poverty, better health, and greater access to education than at any other time in human history-but also a more significant prosperity: the flourishing of the human soul.
8. Social Entrepreneurship
For undergraduate and graduate courses in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. This text brings together the established pedagogy of entrepreneurship with cutting edge nonprofit and public management tools.
9. Gross National Happiness
A critical study of happiness in America draws on empirical research and facts to reveal the truth about who is happy in America, who is not, and why, linking happiness to differences in social and cultural values–charity, hard work, optimism, faith, individual liberty, and hard work–and its opposition to secularism, dependence on the state to solve problems, and addiction to security. 50,000 first printing.
10. Who Really Cares
Presents an analysis of the charitable contributions of various groups in society, based on income, education, race, religion, and politics, and argues that charitable giving strengthens the nation as a whole, improving financial health and enhancing quality of life. Reprint.
11. Arts, Markets, and Governments
Many arts firms are experiencing increasing costs relative to their revenues. This dissertation argues that demand management, if properly defined and pursued, represents at least a partial solution to this problem. First, an approach to demand expansion that depends on the luxury image of arts firms’ products is compared both theoretically and empirically to one that emphasizes exposing new audience members to the arts. Data on symphony orchestras suggest that the first approach is more effective for lower-budget orchestras, while the second is better for larger orchestras. Second, the relationship between public subsidies to the arts and private philanthropy is examined. Whereas arguments could be made that public funds either leverage or crowd out donations, symphony orchestra data indicate that the two funding sources are in fact independent. Third, on the cost side, it is shown that the ability to lower costs by substituting part-time or noncontracted artists for some that are currently full-time may be an effective strategy to fight the cost-revenue gap, for some firms. Based on these results, it is argued that public arts policy that treats all firms homogeneously and restricts the use of funds is almost certainly suboptimal.
Last updated on Monday, February 28, 2022