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A Stoic Guide To Navigating The Modern Workplace
The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoic, on the other hand, is the antithesis of this idea. The Stoic is the man in the marketplace, the merchant on a voyage, the senator in the Forum, the soldier at the front.

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The sum of individual acts

We do not have to make our life (and job) more challenging by adding emotional drama to insignificant matters or fighting battles we don't actually care about. 

If we take a step bac...

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You control your mind

Although we sometimes think our work is overwhelming, or that our boss is frustrating, external objects do not have access to your mind. Those emotions come from the inside, not the outside....

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A proper frame of mind

We like to think that we are in control of our lives, but we continue to let our emotions ride a roller coaster, depending on what happens with us. If something bad happens, we have to be s...

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Keep it simple

Each day presents us with many tasks and distractions. What should I wear? Am I eating well enough? What's next for me in life?

Approach each day as if it is the last. You don't need t...

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Never do anything out of habit

We should consider why we do what we do.  Holding onto mindless habits means that we have stopped thinking about them.

Find out what you do out of rote memory. Ask yourself if it is real...

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Your career is not everything

There is more to life than a career.

You must be careful not to get so wrapped up in your work that you fear to let go. Take pride in your work, but realize that it is not all.

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Guard your peace of mind

Stoicism helps us to manage and think through our emotional reactions. It makes our circumstances easier to bear.

However, we should ask ourselves if we should be in that specific situati...

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Stoicism explained

  • In any and every situation—no matter how bad or seemingly undesirable it is—we have the opportunity to practice a virtue.
  • Stoics like to refer to the phrase amor fati–loving the things that happen to us. 

Cultivate Stoicism in your life

Stoic philosophy can be cultivated as a practical philosophy:

  • Seeing the good in everything that happens around us, not feeling hijacked or negatively affected by fate and life events.
  • Treating life as an experiment, not being overly attached to things, people and decisions.

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Hidden Gems From Ancient Philosophers

  1. The people you interact with the most influence your behavior. Consciously consider whom you allow into your life.
  2. Things can go wrong, anticipate worst-case scenarios to...

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How to respond

We can’t control the existence of the new virus but we can control how we respond.

  • Practice social distancing as much as possible.
  • Cancel or postpone any events that you have planned, or make them remote.
  • Practice safety measures, like washing your hands.
  • Help others in more vulnerable situations.
  • Hold off on visiting elderly friends or family members.
  • Don’t hoard.
  • Don’t tie up medical resources you don’t need.
  • Use your time wisely. Try a new hobby, or read up on something that interests you.
  • Batch your online orders to reduce the need for inefficient shipments.
  • Don’t spread misinformation.
  • If you get sick, isolate yourself at home as long as symptoms remain moderate.
  • Cherish the people you love.