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Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use

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Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use
When most people think of "philosophy," their eyes glaze over. It's the last thing they want, let alone something they need. But this, as you already know, is silly and naive. Philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books.

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What is within our control

What is within our control

Stoicism asserts that we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.

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Turning obstacles into advantages

Turning obstacles into advantages

At the very root of Stoicism there is a very simple, though not easy, way of living: Take obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can’t.

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“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices.”

Epictetus

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The Stoics are men of action

The Stoics are men of action

Nassim Nicholas Taleb defines a Stoic as someone who, “transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation and desire into undertaking.”

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The Four Virtues Of Stoicism

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Virtues Of Stoics: Wisdom

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Virtues Of Stoics: Temperance

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The Meditations

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The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last famous Stoic philosopher of antiquity. He faced one of the worst plagues in European history.

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The dichotomy of control

Because Stoics believe that true good resides in a person's character and actions, they would focus on what they can control, not what they can't.

What happens to you is never directly under your control, but your thoughts and actions are. Hence, It's not events that upset you but instead your opinion about the events.

The cause of our distress

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