David Brooks

We don’t decide about life; we’re captured by life. In the major spheres, decision-making, when it happens at all, is downstream from curiosity and engagement. If we really want to understand and shape behavior, maybe we should look less at decision-making and more at curiosity. Why are you interested in the things you are interested in? Why are some people zealously seized, manically attentive and … [ Read more ]

David Brooks

The sociologist Daniel Bell once argued that capitalism would undermine itself because it encouraged hedonistic short-term values for consumers while requiring self-disciplined long-term values in its workers.

David Brooks

The nineteenth – and twentieth – century character-building models were limited because they shared one assumption: that Step 1 in the decision-making process – the act of perception – is a relatively simple matter of taking in a scene. The real action involved the calculation about what to do and the willpower necessary to actually do it. […] The first step is actually the most … [ Read more ]

David Brooks

In 2009 Steven Kaplan, Mark Klebanov, and Morten Sorenson completed a study called “Which CEO Characteristics and Abilities Matter?” They relied on detailed personality assessments of 316 CEOs and measured their companies’ performances. There is no one personality style that leads to corporate or any other kind of success. But they found that the traits that correlated most powerfully with success were attention to detail, … [ Read more ]

PBS Free to Choose 1990 Vol. 1 of 5 – The Power of the Market

Free To Choose® is an award winning PBS television series featuring Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist. IT is about freedom, the interrelationship of personal, political and economic freedom. And it is about the ideas of Milton and Rose Friedman, ideas that still dominate public policy debates decades after they were first proposed.

This is the first of 5 episodes and includes an introduction by Arnold Schwarzenegger … [ Read more ]