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It's Ok To Be Scared. Just Don't Be AFRAID. | Stoic Motivation

Chris Hadfield

"It's not that astronauts are braver than other people. We're just meticulously prepared."

Chris Hadfield

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Key Ideas

Life as a narrow bridge

"The world is a narrow bridge and the important thing is to not be afraid" - Hebrew prayer.

The world we live in is uncertain and full of risks and it's easy to get scared and look down instead of looking forward. But if you peer over to the side of the bridge, you lose the motivation to continue, you freeze up and stop making good decisions.

Fear won't help you

What does help in a situation in which you are scared: training, courage, discipline, commitment and calm.

From all of the above, courage is held by the stoics as the most essential virtue.

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield

"It's not that astronauts are braver than other people. We're just meticulously prepared."

What preparation does

Astronauts face all kinds of difficult, very risky situations in space. And the margin for error is extremely tiny in those situations.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield says that the key in these difficult situations is to remind yourself that there are things you can to make the situation better.

Being scared vs being afraid

There is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse.

And that's the difference between being scared and being afraid - the latter prevents you from improving your situations and it may even make things worse.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed effort to convert retreat into advance."

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Don't try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand, and ask, “Why is this so unbearable? Why can't I endure it?" You'll be embarrassed to answer.

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First Principles

A first principle is the fundamental building block of an idea, the most indivisible part that we know to be true and that we can use to build more complex thought...

Not A New Idea

Thinking from first principles is not a new idea. It's actually the single most consistent factor among great thinkers.

For example, Aristotle believed that you could not possess true knowledge without first understanding the first principles. He thought that everything could be divided into categories and sub-categories (the smallest of them being the equivalent for first principles). 

Reason And Experience

An empiricist is a person that believed all true knowledge is based and obtained through experience.

The process of seeking knowledge through experience and making use of reason to give it structure it how we can find the first principles of a subject.

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