Some of the best business advice is more than 2,000 years old. Many entrepreneurs embrace the teachings of Greek philosophy to help shape and guide their life and careers. One school of philosophy, called stoicism, is especially popular among luminaries like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Conde Nast International CEO Jonathan Newhouse.
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.
Few who knew Epictetus would have considered him lucky. He was born a slave 2,000 years ago. He lived and died in poverty. He was permanently crippled from a broken leg given to him by his master. They're not necessarily a list of circumstances that you would wish on anyone you cared about even slightly.
Misery can be influenced by your circumstances, but it is largely indifferent to them because it grows from within. Most of us have everything that we need to avoid it, but our untrained brains are prone to create it through anxiety.
This concept is easy to understand but it requires consistent effort and application. Keeping your brain in check demands that you understand and internalize it into day to day conduct.
We only have so much time and energy, so it’s good to eliminate the meaningless things we do. And then spread your remaining time and energy across multiple sources.
Balance work with other hobbies or personal projects, increase the number of people you can rely on, etc. Over a long enough time, something will go wrong, and having multiple sources of fulfillment to rely on will save you from complete collapse.