As a youth, my parents were always supportive of any endeavours my sister and I chose to chase. From art classes, boy or girl scouts, band, or tee-ball, my parents were there to help us follow our youth-filled passions. What sticks out in my mind is the response we’d get when we had an accomplishment…… Continue reading How to Handle Praise and Recognition
Criticism. What is it Good for?
I was recently on a car ride with my boss. As a decision-maker for the company, she tends to ask me for my opinion on matters that I feel are far above my pay grade, but that’s what makes her such a great leader. She treats everyone as equals and makes even the daily do-ers…… Continue reading Criticism. What is it Good for?
How to surround yourself with the best people possible.
I heard a quip from someone years ago long before I read about Commonplacing so, unfortunately, I cannot give them credit. I vaguely remember the context as I was complaining to an older and far wiser friend about friendship woes. I wasn’t sure what I should do about a certain friend in my life that was causing…… Continue reading How to surround yourself with the best people possible.
Do we eat cake now, or eat cake later?
One of the biggest struggles I have faced as a budding Stoic is trying to balance the philosophy of Stoicism with the theory of Hedonism. A gentleman I worked with that sat right next to me tested my stoic nature every day. He had the nickname “Big Chillin’” as he was known to cruise through…… Continue reading Do we eat cake now, or eat cake later?
Keep thinking about it, maybe something will happen.
While at work the other day I heard someone jokingly speak the old adage “do as I say, not as I do.” What a cop-out of a phrase. What an easy way to allow a person to espouse “wisdom” and knowledge without holding themselves to the same standards. Philosophers tend to have a bad reputation…… Continue reading Keep thinking about it, maybe something will happen.
How to express yourself.
I was at a baseball game yesterday enjoying the summer air and everything that it brings with it. Sun-kissed skin, the smell of popped corn, merriment, and the general buzz of chatter between friends and family. Towards the end of the game, while waiting for a firework show, music was playing throughout the stadium while…… Continue reading How to express yourself.
Letting go of control
I’m relatively new to the stoicism game but was pleasantly surprised to find that in action, my life is already better. I woke up to this morning to six emails, in Spanish, thanking me for my enrollment in six different courses from the website Udemy. Bizarre, as I haven’t purchased anything from Udemy. On top…… Continue reading Letting go of control
Be the man Heraclitus talked about
You met your goal! Good job. What’s your next goal?
Keep worrying, I’m sure it’ll help.
Guess what? Worrying won’t help you with a damn thing.
Expect nothing from anyone and you’ll never be disappointed.