• From Strength to Strength

  • Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
  • By: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,117 ratings)

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INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“In this book, Arthur C. Brooks helps people find greater happiness as they age and change.” - The Dalai Lama

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. 

Listen to this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.

©2021 Arthur Brooks (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“To the overachievers, success addicts, and tired strivers who are fairly confident you can’t keep it up forever but will try anyway—this book is for you. Arthur Brooks shows you it’s possible to build a life that really does get better with age.” —Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why and The Infinite Game

“Brooks appears to have a clear strategy here: first he horrifies you, then he bucks you up. An alternate title for this book could be The Good News About Your Inevitable Decline. Most of us strivers believe we can keep racing until we run out of road. Arthur is trying to save us pain and maximize our contributions to the species. Every ambitious person should read this.” —Dan Harris, author and former ABC News anchor

From Strength to Strength offers real answers to timeless questions about happiness and progress: How can I be happier? How can I have more meaning in life? What is the most important thing to me right now and why?” —Eric Schmidt, former chairman and CEO of Google

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A self-help book for overeducated overachievers

It's easy to agree with lots of what Brooks has to say, based on old and new research in the social sciences. Sure, being on the career/money/status treadmill is a losing proposition. He speaks of-and acknowledges-a very Buddhist non-attachment to the material world. Listening to this book may help us understand why being rich or famous, or both, is likely a path to misery. Not much of this is new other than research into how innovative or analytical skills decline at a surprisingly young age, but can be replaced with skills that draw on the wisdom of experience and service to others. What fell flat with me is Brooks' emphasis on religion, implying that it is necessary to fulfillment in middle and old age and that many of us non-believers find that we need and want it at this stage in life. No thank you. This 70+ listener who chucked religion in his early teens has never had second thoughts, yet lives with many satisfying interests and personal relationships. Of course, the one who dies with the most toys doesn't win but intellectual honesty about our place in the universe has its own comforts.

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Awful

I feel duped, this book is religious dribble presented as science. A total waste of time and money.

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Dogma and religion in the guise of science

Begins with scientific changes of aging then makes hard right into religion and magical thinking

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Challenged my Comfort Zone

The author manages to inspire without the use of catchy cliches or sugar coated pop philosophy. This is a must read for anyone in our consumeristic society who finds the self reduced to a buyer and seller of things including themselves. His advice challenges and frightens but, like life-saving surgery, is sometimes necessary. At the same time, Mr. Brooks provides us with a wealth of examples for further research and investigation so that the gift of his insight will keep giving.

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This was a pretty good book. I gleaned some pearls. Rather, it confirmed what I already knew, what many of us already know. That it’s the quality not the quantity that matters. He makes a good case for embracing the 2nd half of life. I love that he didn’t shy away from God or religion. It’s amazing that those have become taboo topics, which only alienates millions of people of faith simply to accommodate those who don’t believe. I’m not Christian. Yet I could appreciate his experience as a man of faith.

Actually for that reason alone I’ll change the title of my review from B++ to A- . We need more authors to come out of the closet as people of faith. If you don’t believe in God or religion, then this book still has value. You likely are more humanistic & devout in your own way. The bottom line is faith centers you & holds you to a higher standard than you may not have aspired to.

His narration was very good. The length of the audio was reasonable. Not too long.

I think what I gained most from was his condensing these truths that are already known.

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Heavy on the philosophy.

Not to my taste I guess but I couldn’t make it through the Thomas Aquinas and the Siddhartha references. A little too philosophical/spiritual for me.

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Just Heard you NPR…

What you had to say was amazing! I can’t wait to read this and learn as much as I can from it.

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For those of us with great success but looking for the next session

This book is for you if you have enjoyed great success in your career and now seem to get lost in the shuffle. For those that are seeing the next session of life and trying to chart the best path. Thank you Arthur Brooks for doing the research and showing all of us a path forward and doesn’t involve hitting the wall of life.. And Finally.. My marriage ministry thanks you for refilling the energy tank and providing the “why are me and my wife working so hard to show others a better way” when we could just sit back enjoy the fruits of our labor and point out all the failures of others… may each of you find your path to enjoying this next season of life..

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My Second Stage of Life

This book could not have come at a better time for me. I retired from my professional career January 2021 then I turned 60 years old in September 2021. The content and how it was presented has made my future much brighter and exciting. The book is Exceptional!
Love all publications and podcasts by Arthur C. Brooks

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Overall good, but a religious push at the end

The first 6 chapters were very good, and largely took a scientific and philosophical approach to moving into your second phase of life.

However, starting with chapter 7, it quickly turns into a religious sermon.

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