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Effortless Stoicism - James Pierce



Effortless Stoicism - James Pierce
So many of us live reactively. A relationship ends, turmoil arises. A fortuitous event occurs, happiness arises. A close friend passes away, misery arises. Humans have lost their way. Is it possible to live another way?


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The Way We Live

The Way We Live

We live our lives reactively, sitting on the endless roller-coaster of happiness and misery.

A non-reactive existence is possible if one first examines all the assumptions, the false notions that our lives are based on. These beliefs and notions can seem difficult to let go of as they have become a part of us.




Effortless Stoicism

Effortless Stoicism comes to you when you no longer feel the need to control your emotions, when they no longer seem significant.

If we stop reacting to our emotions, then gradually we can develop the perspective to observe the causes of these emotions that we witness inside us. Shedding all illusions, we come to know that all misery and happiness are temporary, and therefore all reactions are unfounded and unjustified.



Desire = Misery

The root cause of all misery is desire. Our wanting creates our pain.

When we start to ask nothing from the world, we can experience a true sense of freedom.





We always work the hardest for the things we are most passionate about.

Choose your destiny and invest yourself in those fields that most interest you. 

Don't become an expert at the familiar

This type of comfort breeds something lazy in us and we only do what is expected of us, but do not go beyond. 

Crave what is new and unexplored, and fearlessly pursue those areas. 

Choose to excel

Effort counts twice as much as genius or talent.

Commit to being a person who wants to be more, do more, and consistently test the limits of your capacity. Embrace the responsibility and enjoy the freedom that comes with it.

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Stoic Philosophy

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Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.

Suffering and Desire

Buddha taught that there is suffering in this world, it is inevitable, and the root cause of suffering is mainly the desires we feel.

We want something, always, and feel miserable when we don't get it.

Stoicism teaches us to live in accordance with nature and to accept that suffering will manifest in different ways in our lives.


It's the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of succeeding. It’s a simple and light-hearted spark that transcends through your body and leaves fee...


It's a pleasurable emotion brought by a state of well-being and contentment. It’s usually accompanied by an attachment to an idea, a destination or experience. It often weighs profoundly heavier on our subconscious. 

Happiness Is a Destination; Joy An Attitude

The vision of the life you desire is a destination you shouldn’t ignore as it’s key to understanding your happy place.

If happiness is the destination, joy is the milestone that leads there. Joy comes and passes through without the heaviness of it being a “final destination” because joy is an attitude.