In his book “Road to Character,” Robert Brooks uses the terms Resume Virtues and Eulogy Virtues. Brooks shares how his life changed for the better when he started focusing less on his professional achievements and more on what his friends will think about him when he’s under the ground.
To be honest, I’d never thought much about either until now. My Resume Virtues are weighed down by a number of regrettable factors. Let’s see now, I flunked out of college. I had a number of start-up companies go down the tubes and, early on, I spent a few enthralling days in the Maricopa County jail.
Based on this early track record, it’s best for me to hone in on sharpening my emerging Eulogy Virtues.
Okay, this is how I wish to be remembered: Don was kind. Don was loyal to friends. Don brought joy to many. Don successfully failed a whole bunch of times. Don loved deeply. Don stayed weird till the end.
I have to go now. So much to do, so little time.