The Way of Stoicism: How East and West Use Similar Principles for Virtuous Living. 

This is a guest post by Brenton Weyi. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Zeno believed that Stoicism was based on the universal principles of life. They believed that these principles transcended any individual human being or society. This steadfast conviction allowed them to remain strong during circumstance that would break most ordinary people. What’s interesting is … Continued

“Memento Mori”: The Reminder We All Desperately Need

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca At a Roman triumph, the majority of the public would … Continued

You Always Have a Move to Make

Today you might find yourself dealing with something tough. Stuck in a new situation. Hit with a situation that’s been developing for some time, but only now is bringing you pain. In tight situations like these, you need energy, creativity and above all faith in yourself. Defeatism won’t get you anywhere (except defeat). Focusing your … Continued

Don’t Compromise

The Stoics taught Cato that there were no shades of gray. There was no more-or-less good, no more-or-less bad. Whether you were a foot underwater or a fathom, you were still drowning. All virtues were one and the same virtue, all vices the same vice. It is the kind of austere scheme that seems unreasonable … Continued

When Life Drops Something In Your Lap

Life just drops stuff in our laps, doesn’t it? Exciting things, frustrating things, distractions, temptations and tragedies. It has a strange habit of dropping on us the exact thing we don’t need right now. Often all at once. What a great philosophy like Stoicism reminds us of is that this is both a reminder of … Continued

No One Can Stop You From Doing The Right Thing

“The responsibility is all yours; no one can stop you from being honest or straightforward.” — Marcus Aurelius Remember today that no matter what is happening you can respond virtuously and all of your behavior is under your control. As the philosopher and former trader Nassim Taleb put it, “The only aspect of your life that fortune … Continued

Concentrate on Every Moment

Picture Marcus Aurelius writing these words to himself in the middle of a desolate military camp. He’s the world’s most powerful man, and accordingly, was also hated, envied, targeted. He’s got incredible power but also incredible responsibility. He’s exhausted but also in his element. So what does he decide to write to himself? “Concentrate every … Continued

How To Think About Obstacles

Here is one way to think of hardship: The end. The failure. The last hurrah. The curtain call. The finish. Here is another way to think of hardship: As grist for the mill. A chance to learn about endurance, patience, resilience, struggle. An opportunity to prove your mettle. A way of learning about people or … Continued