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3 Tips for Living the Good Life personal development stoicism Jul 14, 2021

You're probably familiar (maybe painfully so) with my fondness for ancient wisdom. If so, you may have heard me reference the quote, "Know thyself."

This is the most well-known maxim inscribed above the entrance to the Temple of Apolo, where the ancient Greeks sought prophetic insight from the...

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Stepping Into Possibility personal development stoicism Jul 08, 2021

Embrace Uncertainty • Navigate Adversity • Make Things Better

Stillness in the Storm

Life in the ancient world was full of adversity. If you lived to adulthood, you likely endured war, famine, plague, natural disaster, or some combination of these.

And yet…

In antiquity, there...

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What is freedom really? personal development stoicism Jul 07, 2021

What is freedom really?

I find this question difficult to answer.

Many, including me, too often take freedom for granted. It's not just a privilege we enjoy. It's an entitlement promised by Declarations and protected by Constitutions.

And yet, many are not allowed to fully partake of these...

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Why I run at the Cemetery personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 17, 2021
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Rhetorically Speaking personal development stoicism storytelling Jun 07, 2021

In the ancient western world, the art of persuasion and influence was taught through rhetoric and was most often employed in political discourse and philosophical debate. Today we still see rhetoric used in marketing and mass media.

The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, developed three types...

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Is time on your side? personal development stoicism May 24, 2021

Time, like most things, is a construct. It's simply a story.

There's no agreement amongst physicists or philosophers about whether or not time is a fundamental absolute. Even amongst those who argue that time exists, there's wide disagreement about what it is and is not.

The ancient...

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Rethinking Authority personal development stoicism storytelling May 12, 2021

For good reason, many are questioning authority these days. For far too long, authority has been unfairly and unjustly distributed.

We should, and we must, cease this historical pattern and work together to extend privilege and opportunity to everyone, starting with those from whom it has been...

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People are fascinating... personal development stoicism Apr 14, 2021

The world is full of people who malign, disparage, frustrate and ignore you. How do you handle that?

I’ve put up with a fair number of *ssholes in my time. Whiners, posers, liars, and assorted other bad actors are a daily diet in all of our life’s endeavors.

I used to really...

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Be the thermostat... personal development stoicism Apr 07, 2021

Equanimity is one of my favorite words.

First of all, it's fun to say. Seriously. Say it aloud several times. It's a word that ping-pongs around your mouth like a pinball. It starts with hitting the back of your mouth, careens to the roof, and bounces off your closed lips back to the top...

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Does fortune favor the bold? personal development stoicism Mar 08, 2021

"Fortune favors the bold" (from the Latin proverb, "audentes Fortuna iuvat") may sound like trite or even dangerous advice. Yet, it's a motto employed by military units, family crests, and even universities across the world. It resonates strongly enough with me that I adopted boldness as one...

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Of Fate, Destiny, and Agency personal development stoicism Mar 03, 2021

Fate and destiny are terms frequently confused and conflated. Agency is an idea often ignored and misunderstood. A better understanding of each and how they work together may determine whether your journey as a creative difference-maker is frustrating or flourishing.

Fate is simply what is...

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Shift Happens personal development stoicism Oct 05, 2020

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

Whether we're talking about shifting sands, shifting gears, a seismic shift, or shifting deckchairs on the Titanic, one thing's for sure, shift happens.

What's your relationship...

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