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My Stoicism Notes

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

What does a good life mean to you? It’s when you wisely spend your time and energy.

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” – Seneca

So many things to do, so little time. But are all those things important?

Most of the things we do are irrelevant to our goals and happiness.

“If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes more.” – Ryan Holiday

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Earning more money is addicting. Doing more is addicting.

First we should meet our physiological and safety needs. After that, focus on meaningful relationships and reaching our fullest potential.

Perform our duties quietly and efficiently. Move on and focus on the next tasks. Do it like a tree continuously bearing fruit and doing its work.

Humans need to be rational and social. We’re here for one another. Each of us has a different role to play.

Other people can be the main source of our pain. They can also be the greatest source of our joy.

Expect the worst from people. Expect them to be unreasonable. Then nothing will surprise you.

We can’t fully control what other people will say about us and our work. Just move on, meet the requirement, and do the next tasks.

Satisfaction and happiness already lies within our grasp. We don’t have to wait for the perfect time.

It’s doubtful that our wants will make us happy once we acquire them. The only thing for certain is the present.

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil.” – Marcus Aurelius

Fame is random and fickle. It also controls our lives by defining our words and actions.

We can’t please everybody. Even the greatest writers and artists have critics.

Focusing on fame and wealth actually leads us away from them.

Practicing Stoicism often yields unexpected rewards.

External circumstances don’t define our happiness. It’s our interpretation of them.

There’s a lot to be thankful for. Every situation could always get worse.

We actually live in a lucky era.

Stoicism is relevant today because of distractions and busyness in our modern lives.

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