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I find it hard to understand the view expressed in a recent column by Tribune Publisher Gary Adkisson ("Resume virtues versus eulogy virtues"). He cites a speech by David Brooks that suggests "resume virtues" are worldly, ambitious, focused on building, creating and innovating while "eulogy virtues" represent our humble selves who want to do good, be good, and “live in a way that honors God.”

To my mind, separating these "virtues" suggests one is not living with authenticity and integrity. (The perspective of living in a way that "honors God" is another discussion). Those who are ambitious and want to succeed should be able to do so while being humble, doing good, and being good. If one’s work life success is built solely on ambition and getting ahead at any cost they cannot, on the side, live well or do or be good.

Who and how we are in the world should reflect our whole selves; our outer and inner lives cry for consistency. A world in which creativity, ambition and innovation do not exist alongside humility, being and doing good, is a world — and a life — sadly out of balance.

Janis Cheney, Bismarck

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