Résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. Eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral – whether you were kind, brave, honest, loyal, honorable, trust worthy or faithful. What did you pay attention to and how did you make a difference in others lives? Were you capable of deep love and caring for others?
There are résumé virtues, which may make you rich, but it is the eulogy virtues that will make you wealthy. You can be rich and irresponsible or responsible. You can be rich and meaningless or meaningful, but wealth means you have accepted the responsibility that goes with riches. Being merely rich is about counting money. Wealth is concerned with what counts in a life well-lived. You can be independently rich, but you cannot be independently wealthy, because your family, your neighborhood, colleagues and others have a rightful claim on your life.
Your eulogy virtues are the ones talked about at your funeral. Were you kind, brave, and honest? Were you faithful, loyal and virtuous? Were you full of character and adventure? How did you show up in the world, timid and shy, jubilant and exciting? Who and what did you love and how did you love them? What did you find important and meaningful? How did you enrich the people and community you lived in?
Our work is often a vehicle for loving and caring for the needs of others. We do it with those we work with and for and in what service or product we provide. You are the author of your life and you want to invest in both resume and eulogy virtues.