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Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

theatlantic.com

Well-being of adults

  • Studies show that most adults' happiness declines through their 30s and 40s, then hit a low in their early 50s.
  • After that, studies show that, in wealthier countries, most people's contentment starts to increase again in their 50s, until about age 70.
  • After 70, ...

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Current achievements provide happiness, but the memory of past accomplishments do not appear to produce long-lasting happiness.

The waning of ability in people of high accomplishment is particularly difficult psychologically. Retired athletes struggle profoundly after ...

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"Unhappy is he who depends on success to be happy. For such a person, the end of a successful career is the end of the line. His destiny is to die of bitterness or to search for more success in other careers and to go on living from success to success u...

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It is the idea that if you reach professional heights and are deeply invested in being high up, you can suffer greatly when you inevitably decline.

In many professions, we may reject the inevitability of decline before a very old age. But the data are clear that for most ...

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Some people have managed their declines well.

When the musical career of Johann Sebastian Bach declined, instead of becoming depressed or discouraged, he chose to redesign his life, moving from composer to instructor. In his later ye...

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  • Fluid intelligence is the ability to reason, analyze, and solve unique problems. It is highest in early adulthood and diminishes in one's 30s and 40s.
  • Crystallized intelligence is the ability to use knowledge gained in the past. It relies on ...

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Many wealthy people keep on working to increase their wealth far beyond what they could possibly spend. They often do it because they get a sense of self-worth from it. However, focusing on acquisition leads to attachment and vanity, which derails the search for happiness.

Instead of acq...

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There are two kinds of virtues:

  • Résumé virtues. These are professional and geared toward worldly success.
  • Eulogy virtues. These are ethical and spiritual. They are what you want people to talk about at your funeral. "He was kind and deeply ...

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Acceptance of the natural cadence of our abilities allows the shifting of attention to higher spiritual and life priorities.

  • Jump: Let go when you have reached your peak accomplishment, perhaps before you are completely ready. You don't necessarily have to qui...

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