From Strength to Strength
Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
About the Summary
Many very successful people have gotten that way through hard work and an undying commitment to success. These traits can lead people to the top of their organizations, something many people strive for as they place being special over being happy. As Arthur C. Brooks posits in his book From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, this ceaseless striving for perfection and excellence can begin to produce diminishing results as people age. This is because, without exception, people’s fluid intelligence peaks at some point relatively early on in life, giving younger professionals advantages that no amount of hard work in older adults can match. While this changes the playing field, it does not have to mean the end of productivity and purpose as a person ages if they change their trajectory and start focusing on tasks that utilize their crystallized intelligence, a type of intelligence that increases as a person ages. Brooks sets out to help people make this change with his book.