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- Please explain to us what stoicism is, as well as what stoicism is not.
Core Stoic Ideals
- Core Idea #1: Gratitude for what you have: How compatible are the ideas of stoicism, gratitude, and ambition?
- Core Idea #2: Live in the present moment, and don’t “suffer in advance”: What do you think Seneca meant when he said that “We suffer more in imagination than we do in reality”?
- Core Idea #3: We don’t control what happens to us, but we do control how we respond to what happens to us: Are we indeed fully in control of how we think, and how we interpret external events?
- Core Idea #4: The Value of Difficult Experiences: What can we learn from the Stoics about the power and importance of navigating ourselves through difficult circumstances?
- Core Idea #5: Time is our most valuable asset: How do you ensure that you’re deliberate about using your time, and not wasting it or allowing others to control it?
- Core Idea #6: Time is our most finite asset: Some advise others to “live each day as if it were your last”. Is this advise practical and/or realistic?
- Core Idea #7: Play for the journey, never for the destination: What might the stoics say about the fact that, when entrepreneur’s sell their businesses and achieve a life-changing financial windfall, they’re actually more likely to be depressed than they were while running their businesses?
Your Personal Practice of Stoic Philosophy
- Some say that humans require a “baseline” level of stress, and when no obvious stressor exists, we seek them out or create them in our own minds. How do you respond to this idea?
- If you were to write the definitive book on stoic philosophy for 2023, would you add, subtract, or change anything? Why or why not?
- What has been the most difficult, sad, or disruptive event that you’ve used the various stoic tools to endure?
- What is negative visualization, and why is it such an important exercise?
- How should people go about discovering their life’s purpose?
- How do you maintain your desire to exemplify stoic ideals as much as possible on one hand, while simply allowing yourself to be a flawed human being on the other hand?
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