CHAPTER 13

Developing Our Strengths

The head and hand circles of Figure 4.1 make up our personal competences. We need to be developing our strengths—even if not encouraged by our employers! This chapter is intended to encourage some reflection on how we can do this.

Satisfaction and Success

Thus far, I have tried to avoid making arguments that aspiring to virtue is likely to make us more successful, or even to feel better. The main reason is that we aspire to obtain the virtues for their intrinsic value, not for incidental reasons like success and happiness. One of the other reasons is that we cannot guarantee success. Another reason is that feeling successful and happy requires different methods. In this section, therefore, we now turn to finding ...

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