In the race to get ahead professionally, we are too often concerned with our marketable skills, at the expense of our sense of morality. That's the thesis posited by The New York Times' David Brooks in a recent op-ed. Brooks divides these two sets of values into resume virtues - what we bring to the workplace - versus eulogy virtues, or what people will remember about us when we're gone.
Brooks concedes that most people will tell you that eulogy virtues are more important in life, but culturally, we're still living in a system that emphasizes and rewards resume virtues above all else. If we don't focus on who we are morally, Brooks warns that eventually, "a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet."