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Tag: Character

Résumé virtues and eulogy virtues

David Brooks wrote a piece for The New York Times called The Moral Bucket List.  In it, he talks about résumé virtues and eulogy virtues.

David writes, “The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace.  The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful.  Were you capable of deep love?  We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones.  But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light.  Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.” Continue reading

John McCain

John McCain’s father and grandfather were both four-star admirals which is one of the highest ranks in the U.S. Navy.  He was born into a military family.  Although he attended the Naval Academy, his heart was in history and literature.  He loved Ernest Hemingway.  After graduating fifth from the bottom of his class as a rebellious student, he didn’t really take his military career seriously until after he survived a solo plane crash and a horrific fire on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier that killed over 130 sailors.  Then he was shot down over Vietnam and captured.  He was a prisoner of war for five and a half years.  He was sick, starved and tortured.  At one point, he was offered early freedom because of his family’s military standing.  But he refused unless all those captured before him were also released.  Because of his decision, he was tortured even more. Continue reading

Almost made the decision to quit

In 2016, quarterback Nick Foles almost made the decision to quit the NFL.  He had just been released from his contract.  But he decided to stay and this season, ended up as back-up quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.  The first NFL team he played for when he was initially drafted.

That all changed when his team’s starting quarterback tore his ACL in December.  Nick Foles was pulled into the spotlight and he made the most of it.  Helping his team make it to the Super Bowl as the underdog and then bringing home the top prize. Continue reading

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