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4. Focus on what you control

4. Focus on what you control

As humans, our survival instincts trick us into worrying about more than we should. There’s never been a worse time for that instinct to exist than 2020.

The Stoics understood this tendency and campaigned against it.

They knew that while most things were outside their control, their thoughts, actions, and reactions were entirely controllable. They preached a singular focus on these internal events, and an indifference to external ones.

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2. Accept reality as it is, not as you wish it were

If you’ve heard the term ‘Amor Fati’ and wondered what it meant, today’s your lucky day. It was popularized by Nietzsche and translates to ‘A love of fate’. It also encapsulates a central pillar of Stoic Philosophy – that reality doesn’t care about your opinion, so quit living in denial and accept it as it is.

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Stoicism & Success

In life, the outcomes of your decisions compound over time.

Stoicism is a framework for decision making that maximizes your chances of success in the long term.

Access to opportunities, the ability to make better decisions, and an increase in efficiency sound like jargon you’d find in a business school brochure. 

However, these are useful outcomes in any pursuit of success, irrespective of whether it involves getting rich. 

The best part? You can start working towards them today.

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1. Strive to be virtuous despite life’s obstacles

They were overly concerned with the quality of their character and sought to lead a virtuous life irrespective of their circumstances.

They stressed the need for courage in the face of adversity, moderation while indulging in materialism, and a strong moral compass while making decisions.

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Louis Pereira

If practiced well, Stoicism can help you get rich and stay rich.

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3. Don’t be swayed by extremes

Memento Mori’ is another Latin phrase that is common in Stoic literature. It translates, rather morbidly, to ‘Remember that you will die’.

Stoicism manages to inflate deflated egos and deflate inflated ones.

No matter what you’re going through, good or bad, however extreme, meditating on your mortality is bound to center your ego and stabilize your emotions. 

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What is Stoicism

If practiced well, Stoicism can help you get rich and stay rich.

Stoicism is a school of Philosophy that originated in Athens in 300BC and endured for five centuries. 

It emphasized the importance of living a virtuous, rational, and disciplined life.

Although Stoicism isn’t mainstream anymore, a large number of successful people swear by it.

Besides, Stoic quotes are currently the rage on Instagram.

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Marcus Aurelius

What’s bad for the hive is bad for the bee.

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‘Living in agreement with nature’ is about behaving rationally like a human instead of randomly (and out of passion) like a beast. In other words, we should always apply our natural ability ‘reason’ in all of our actions. If we apply reason we live in agreement with nature, because we act like humans are meant to act.

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Cafeteria Stoicism

Stoicism is made up of conflicting writings, especially around God, determinism vs free will, happiness vs avoidance of pain etc. Today most Stoic fans are practicing a cafeteria approach: picking up the few useful bits, modifying others, discarding the rest. 

But it’s important to know that this is what we’re doing. Because to the extent that we’re taking this approach, we’re not practicing Stoicism. We are abandoning it and relying implicitly on different (and often unidentified) philosophic ideas.

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Stoicism: A Primer
  • Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that has recently gone mainstream. It is a kind of premeditation that involves reframing our attitude towards external events.
  • Stoicism states that nothing is good or bad, valuable or miserable in itself, and it is our assumptions, beliefs and thought patterns that colour the world around us.
  • If we have control of our feelings, emotions and the mind in general, we would cease to be judgemental, happy or miserable.

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