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Self-Sufficiency: the Ultimate Stoic Virtue

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Self-Sufficiency: the Ultimate Stoic Virtue
Above all else, the Stoics were masters at assigning things their proper value. The great Stoic philosophers knew the importance of identifying what was within their control, what was beyond, and what fell in-between. And they maintained an unwavering sense of focus on the things within their realm of control.

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Self-Sufficiency

Self-Sufficiency

Stoicism is essentially about assigning things their proper, real value. It identifies what is in our control, and what is beyond us, in our lives.

Stoic virtues of moderation, wisdom, courage, and contentment are evident in the principle of Self-sufficiency.

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Our Sphere of Control

Our Sphere of Control

Contentment and being self-sufficient is about focussing your time and energy on things that you do something about.

You are responsible for the things you can impact; all the other things are beyond your control.

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The Proper Value

The Proper Value

Identify what's in your control, what's beyond, and what is in between.

Those things which are in your control should be a priority, and where you should put your time and energy.

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Creating Room for Reflection

Creating Room for Reflection
Reflect on your world and your life on a daily basis.

This makes you self-aware and creates space to process and think about what is meaningful and what to avoid absorbing.

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Taking the Hard Way

Taking the Hard Way

In this age of shortcuts and instant results, go for the old way of working hard, manually.

Let go of relaxing or delegating and choose to dive into the task yourself.

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A Multidisciplinary Approach

A Multidisciplinary Approach

The more you push yourself, the more opportunities open up in front of you, due to the connections between your various interests.

You will be then able to view and assess things with a new perspective, identify your shortcomings and provide a richer solution to your problems.

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Silent and Humble

Silent and Humble

Stay silent and humble, even if you don't find any external recognition.

Being a showoff or looking for validation is not going to be of any use in the long run.

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