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Building stronger individuals through ancient philosophy to better conquer the world of today.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 6/1/18

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You may break your heart, but men will still go on as before.
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

We must build ourselves up so that we may overcome our obstacles, those that are put in front of us, whether through individuals or situations.

We must build inner strength. From within, we can push through external forces that try to shift our balance.

We must stay true to ourselves.

If one can maintain truth in themselves and balance from within, then they can conquer what this world throws at them.

We must maintain this balance.

The world will continue, whether our heart and spirit is broken. Therefore, we must forge strength and maintain our balance.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 5/29/18

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Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.
-Marcus Aurelius

Simple and direct. Stop making excuses. If you want something in your life to change, make it happen.

If you want to be a better father, husband, employee, whatever it is, make the decision to be. Reflect upon how you haven’t been, what improvements you yourself can make in your life, and pivot to be the best you can be.

Stop saying you ‘want’ to be something.

Go and be it.

Welcome to The Stoic Within

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

In order for one to have control over their their actions and in turn, reactions, one must be able to control themselves in mind, body, and spirit.

Stoicism is a philosophy born from Zeno of Citium of Athens in the early 3rd century. In the simplest of terms, it taught its students how to be able to handle their mind and emotions, thus controlling their reactions to the events around them.

Through this blog, I will be exploring this ancient philosophy and how it can be applied to our lives today. Along the way, we will be reviewing the ancient writings of many of the great stoics from Marcus Aurelius to Seneca to Epictetus and how their wisdom transcends time.

My hope is that through the process of these studies, you will not only be able to better understand yourself, but also the world around you, and in turn, be able to handle the ever evolving landscape of our lives.