The Stoics had two big tenets: Love and Courage. A love of everything that happens, and courage in the face of adversity and the unchangeable. Jon Gordon, the self-help author (and a guy who’s read at least a couple books about Stoicism from what he’s told us) describes this well in his book The Carpenter. A wise sage of a man is speaking to a scared, frantic businessman who can’t seem to keep his life together:
“The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.”
Simple to say. Hard to do. But if you can do it? Oh, what a life you will lead.
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