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Self Control

“Lack of self-control and impulsiveness are the root cause of discontentment.”

“When we don’t sleep enough, it impairs productivity and minimizes your performance as well as reduces your happiness and erodes your health.”

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The Three Stoic Disciplines

A good character cannot be developed without a proper understanding and implementation of all three Stoic disciplines, which are:

  1. The discipline of desire (also referred to as Stoic acceptance)
  2. The discipline of action (known also as Stoic philanthropy, in the sense of concern for others)
  3. The discipline of assent (or Stoic mindfulness) 

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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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“Our lives are a combination of the past, present, and the future experiences”

“Everything we experience is an integral part of our existence as humans; our relationships and the decisions we make determine many things about us. Living a good life requires knowing what it takes to overcome temptation, make the right decisions, and embrace the pressure.”

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