Moderation as a virtue
Moderation, a middle point between two extremes, has been considered a key virtue for thousands of years.
Today, instead of understanding and admiring moderation, we've come to view it as a weakness. When we look at money, more is better. We consider the person with the most as the happiest and the best. Television is possible because of immoderate people. The pop and influencer culture rests almost entirely on people who have given themselves over to the pursuit of total pleasure and fame.
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A patron once offered Epicurus whatever he wanted. Epicurus could have requested riches but asked for a small pot of cheese. Epicurus knew that simple pleasures, enjoyed in moderation, were most enjoyable.
A pleasant life is as inseparable from moderation as it is from other virtues such as prudence, honour, and justice.
Moderation is knowing what enough is.
It is stopping when it is still good. It's about leaving a little on the table. It means being merciful to the other side when you win. The ability to know when to compromise is a feature, not a fault.
Work for the love of the work itself, not for credit of recognition.
Your work should be something that you would like to do for free, and if you take your ego out of the equation and simply focus on good work, you become the pillar of prominence.
1. Wake up early.
3. Forget about outcomes—focus on making a little progress every day.
4. Say no (a lot).
7. Comparison = unhappiness
9. Strenuous exercise every single day.
10. Character is fate.
Being a CEO, or a celebrity is a sought-after state, something that is assumed to be empowering. The reality of power is quite different and shocking.
Most people dream of wealth, power, riches and fame, falsely believing that we control our destiny and fate, and if we just become richer or more famous, we will live the life we want to live, with complete freedom and autonomy.
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