Most people are not strategic. They are reactive.
To most people, philosophy is some confusing academic enterprise that’s of little practical use. When they want to make their lives better, they don’t turn to the ancients, they look to self-help gurus and how-to manuals.
There are few people that I look up to in life, but Ryan Holiday is one of them.
Today, Aurelius is perhaps best known for his collection of essays called Meditations.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
Unfortunately, rather than attacking these big questions with our immense resources, we have settled on dealing with small, banal issues — issues that don’t force us to our face our mortality, our cosmic insignificance, and the sorts of depressing realizations that come with exploring the big questions.
Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are dealing with the difficulties of life in some way or another.
Seeing a kid–like we’re talking 6 and under–who is way cooler and has way more swag than you ever will.
The philosophical school of Stoicism is, I believe, the perfect operating system for thriving in high-stress environments. For entrepreneurs, it’s a godsend.