Source: Curious Expeditions
Published: April 2021
A philosophy for everyday living: Stoicism
Stoicism is a school of philosophy founded in Athens, Greece around 2,300 years ago. It’s a philosophy designed to make us more resilient, happier, and wiser.
Guiding principles include, but are not limited to:
- Commitment to four virtues: Courage, Discipline, Justice, Wisdom.
- We do not control what happens, but we control how we respond. Accept that many things are outside of our control.
- Actively work to disconfirm your beliefs and seek different perspectives.
- Develop a love for learning. Actively seek mentors and catalog what you learn.
“Through the pages of a book, we can talk to people who lived long ago, and learn easily what they learned with great difficulty.” — Fabius Rusticus, Roman historian
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180
Bonus: Leaders inspired by Stoicism include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Theodore Roosevelt, General James Mattis, Pete Carroll, Tom Brady, LL Cool J, and JK Rowling.