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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Getting Everything You Ever Wanted

“And how trivial the things we want so passionately are.” – Marcus Aurelius There’s an old joke: When the Gods wish to punish us, they give us exactly what we’ve always wanted. Ask yourself what you’re after: Fame? Wealth? The perfect man or woman? Now imagine yourself when you get...
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Find An Anchor

Seneca, in his letters to Lucilius, urges him to choose a role model to provide a standard to live by. This is of course idea that is not unique to Stoicism by any means but Seneca succinctly puts why it is a necessary step in our pursuit of the good...
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The Only Permanence is Impermanence

In one of the more iconic graduation speeches in history, Steve Jobs reflected not on the massive successes of his company, or of the power of technology, or even the importance of a broad liberal arts education. No, his prime purpose in the speech was to meditate on death. Steve...
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Don’t Let The Future Disturb You

Stoicism is about preparation and practice. You don’t become a stoic overnight, and you can’t treat it as a binary condition. It is designed to steel you against the uncertainty of the future, because through training and time and discipline, you can become unshakable and imperturbable. That’s what you’re doing...
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Practice The Impossible and Watch What Happens

Firefighters train night and day to enter burning buildings. Police officers shoot hundreds of rounds at firing ranges to make sure they are ready when crisis happens. Special operators around the country train for hostage rescue situations, playing out over and over again the remotest possibility of an adversary capturing...
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The Source Of True Wealth

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus The Stoics believed that possessions were fleeting; that our opinion about a thing, and not the thing itself, mattered. All available research on individual happiness says the same: It’s not the things you have that make...
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Embrace the Uncertainty

Ask yourself: When was the last time everything went exactly, precisely according to plan? Answer: Never. Whether for better or worse, something you worked on didn’t turn out exactly as you’d want it to. It doesn’t matter how much you steered it to a certain direction. The truth is that...