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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4 Lessons From Greek Philosophy to Improve Your Business and Life

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Always think about how you can improve your daily life.

Review your regular work routines and project procedures. 

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Epictetus

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."

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

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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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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."

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Stoicism and insults

In ancient Greece and Rome, the Stoics (philosophers that taught the value of emotional resilience) advised their devotees to let insults go.

The Stoics weren’t pushovers, they just knew that not all insults were created equal. And most importantly, they knew how to decide which ones to ignore and which to take to heart.

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The Best Response to an Insult Involves an Ancient Philosophy

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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 mitigate or avoid them.
  3. Acting based on habit can lead to mistakes whenever the situations at hand mismatch the ones that led to the creation of the habit. 
  4. Be as invested in building yourself as you are in building your professional life. Study yourself, have ideas, develop them and the relationships that further them.
  5. Ignore the breaking news and focus on what’s in front of you.
  6. Take pride in your work, but know that it is not all there is. 

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5 Hidden Gems From Ancient Philosophy That Will Immediately Improve Your Emotions

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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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The False Promise of Stoicism

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