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4 Lessons From Greek Philosophy to Improve Your Business and Life

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4 Lessons From Greek Philosophy to Improve Your Business and Life
Some of the best business advice is more than 2,000 years old. Many entrepreneurs embrace the teachings of Greek philosophy to help shape and guide their life and careers. One school of philosophy, called stoicism, is especially popular among luminaries like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Conde Nast International CEO Jonathan Newhouse.

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Stoicism

Stoicism

It was founded in the early 3rd century BC and revolves around 3 basic ideas: 

  • How life is brief and the world is unpredictable
  • How to be steadfast, strong, and in control of yourself
  • How dissatisfaction comes from impulsive reflexes rather than logic.

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Never let wealth distort your values

There is nothing wrong with achieving monetary success; however, you should never compromise your principles in its pursuit. 

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Build a village

You are only as strong as the people around you.

You can control whom you interact with, so build a strong personal and professional coalition: hire people with positive energy and create a circle of friends from different backgrounds for engaging conversations.

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Epictetus

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Embrace rejection as insight

If you're rejected multiple times, it does not mean your ideas should be abandoned. Instead, use feedback as valuable insight.

There is often a solution if you are open to constructive criticism.

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Marcus Aurelius

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact."

Marcus Aurelius

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Never do anything out of habit

Always think about how you can improve your daily life.

Review your regular work routines and project procedures. 

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  1. The people you interact with the most influence your behavior. Consciously consider whom you allow into your life.
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