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The Daily Echo: The Second Mountain by David Brooks: October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020


Optimize: (← Get Free Stuff + Free 2-Week Trial!) Optimize Coach: (← Join 2,000+ Optimizers from 70+ Countries!) Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from The Second Mountain by David Brooks. Hope you enjoy! David Brooks is one of the nations’ leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. I loved his book The Road to Character. I loved this one even more. David tells us there are two mountains: The first mountain? That’s what society tells us we should pursue: all the normal trappings of success. The second mountain? That’s where the magic (and joy!) exists: where we move beyond ourselves and COMMIT (important word for this book!) to giving ourselves most fully to something bigger than ourselves. David identifies four potential commitments: to our families, to our vocations, to our faith/philosophy of life and to our communities. Ultimately, the book is intended to be a guide to the ULTIMATE quest in life: “The Quest for a Moral Life.” Get The Second Mountain on Amazon:… Learn more about David Brooks:… ► RELATED RESOURCES: Big Idea 1: HAPPINESS VS. JOY – PNTV: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr →… – PN: The Power of Ideals by Anne Colby and William Damon →… – PN: The Road to Character by David Brooks →… – The 5 (Greek) Keys to Optimizing | Areté + Eudaimonia + en*theos + Hērōs + Euthymia (#200) →… – +1: Eulogy Virtues | How to Chisel on Your Road to Character (#212) →… – +1: The Mountain-Races of Life | And How to Win Them (#1066) →… Big Idea 2: THE COMMITTED LIFE – +1: Eudaimonism vs. Hedonism | Don’t Want to Be Depressed? Science Says… (#1166) →… – +1: Success Doesn’t Matter in This World | Commitment Does (#1078) →… Big Idea 3: VOCATION – Viktor Frankl →… – +1: Don’t Aim at Success | Dedicate Yourself to a Cause Bigger Than Yourself (#1040) →… – +1: Your Specific Mission in Life | You Have One… What Is It? (#1041) →… Big Idea 4: RECOMMITMENT – +1: Recommitment | Commitment Is Easy – It’s ALL about Recommitting (#154) →… – +1: Falling in Love vs. STANDING in Love | One’s a Lot Easier than the Other (#134) →… Big Idea 5: FLASHLIGHT VS. HAMMER – +1: Flashlight vs. Hammer | How Are You Using Life’s Data? (#1088) →… – +1: The Optimize Compass | And How to Make One (#1128) →… – Conquering Perfectionism 101 →… – Conquering Anxiety 101 →… – Conquering Depression 101 →… ► FREE 14-DAY TRIAL: Get the PhilosophersNote on The Second Mountain and 600+ other books by starting a Free 14-Day trial membership to Optimize: ► MORE GOODNESS: – Get the Optimize App for iPhone & iPad: – Get the Optimize App for Android: – Subscribe to the Optimize Podcast: – Follow Optimize on Facebook:… – Follow Optimize on Instagram:

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