Daily Stoic Journal

Do Not Talk – a leadership secret

My social circle makes me a better person on my path to financial independence.

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Do I Need These Things

So, concerning the things we pursue, and for which we vigorously exert ourselves, we owe this consideration – either there is nothing useful in them, or most aren’t useful. Some of them are superfluous, while others aren’t worth that much. But we don’t discern this and see them as free, when they cost us dearly….

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What Limits Do We Place on Ourselves

The person is free who lives as they wish, neither compelled, nor hindered, nor limited – whose choices aren’t hampered, whose desires succeed, and who don’t fall into what repels them. Who wishes to live in deception – tripped up, mistaken, undisciplined, complaining, in a rut? No one. These are base people who don’t live…

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What gets measured gets managed

Above all, it is necessary for a person to have a true self-estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can. Seneca, on Tranquility of Minds, 5.2 Do you see and assess yourself accurately? What does it mean to assess yourself accurately? Why is an accurate self-assessment important? There is a…

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Taming a Wild Horse

We control our reasoned choice and all acts that depend on that moral will. What’s not under our control are the body and any of its parts, our possessions, parents, siblings, children, or country – anything with which we might associate. Epictetus, Discourses, 1.22.10 Today’s question is what jerks me around?  My Mind. My mind jerks me around.

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