7 Stoic Principles Every entrepreneur must embrace

The absence of philosophy from the business world is a significant mistake.

Widely ignored by popular culture and forgotten by the media, modern philosophy has been strictly assigned to the classroom by its own work. Instead of adapting to the times, modern philosophers have returned to an ivory tower of abstract intelligence and mysterious glotting.

Come on guys, you’re giving a damn about philosophy!

For those of us who live in the real world, a branch of philosophy has been created just for us: Stoicism.

As Ryan Holiday Popular in Obstacles are the way, Stoicism does not bother itself with complex theories about the world, but helps us to overcome our destructive passions and work on what can be done. Just like an entrepreneur, it is made for action, not endless debate.

I have recently rebuilt my life and business under these seven guiding principles, or I would like to call them. I consider every element of my growth as a person, entrepreneur and leader.

Consider this your role with Stoicism!

Principle # 1: “I can always improve.”

As its CEO Rich 20 something, I have learned that you can always do something to be good. A good entrepreneur. A good boy, sibling, friend or partner. There may be times when you are haunted by past mistakes and you mistakenly compare yourself to your mistakes. It sounds bad, but it’s a chance to change the way you wake up every day. And the decision to make these changes begins with a single decision.

Principle # 2: “I persevere when I’m frustrated.”

There is little supply of elasticity these days. I blame the internet. Because everything promised is easy. Because everyone wants something now. The earth has been around for about 4 billion years. Modern civilization has been here for about 6,000 years. Do not rush into the process. Things take time, not necessarily, and without exception. When that time passes, don’t give up because you’re frustrated. Perseverance is a consistent compound like interest over time. If you are interested in learning more, check out Meditation By Marcus Aurelius.

Principle # 3: “I don’t run away from mistakes, I learn from them.”

You are supposed to make mistakes. Every single part of human knowledge is the result of initial failure. Every book that has been written, every idea that has been thought, every invention that has been created, a problem has been solved because someone, somewhere, has made a mistake.

Mistakes push us forward. If you obviously avoid them, you are not taking enough risk to win big prizes. Instead of being afraid to make mistakes, look at them as necessary passages, let go of the pain and hold on to the lessons. Be brave Then help other people avoid the same trap.

Principle # 4: “I am inspired by successful people.”

I think we all have a subtle tendency to combine admiration with some animosity and self-doubt. At least I know I did it for a while. If we see someone (especially a friend / family member) doing better than us, we come up with the subtle reason to break them passively in order to strengthen ourselves in our own minds. It’s a defense to protect us from feeling bad for not having the same results in our own lives – and it works wonders for a while.

For example, if an entrepreneurial friend of mine launched an epic product and I was jealous, I thought to myself, “Yeah, it’s really good. I’m really happy for them! Although they spend a lot of time working. I really like to be more balanced in life.” See what I did there? It’s very subtle.

Instead of looking for subtle reasons to invalidate the achievements of others, we should be inspired by their success. In fact, of all the emotions in the human spectrum, I think violence is the most useless. When someone does something you want them to do, that’s not the question you should ask “Why are they better than me?” Should be “How can I do the same thing?” Once you have that emotional change, you will be able to focus more clearly on growth and you will overcome a ton of subconscious negativity in your life.

Principle # 5: “I can learn whatever I want.”

I was watching the movie Divergent the other day. I can’t remember who was in it except Zoe Kravitz (for obvious reasons … Zoe, call me!) Or what the movie was about. But I remember one interesting thing: every person in their society had a definite, predetermined role. Some people were chosen to be warriors. Some have to be intellectuals. Someone has to be a farmer. On and it went. And there was no opt out. You are stuck in whatever you are nominated for. I can’t help but think our education system is the same.

From a very young age, our parents, friends and teachers tell us that we are good at some things and not good at others. Sometimes explicitly, sometimes more subtly. But the hints are very clear – we begin to believe it and identify with it. I’ve always been a literate person. I quickly became proficient in any subject of literature and because of that, those features were further strengthened. My teachers will fill my strength. My parents say it will be stronger, “This family doesn’t really do well in math.” And for a while, I thought there was something really different in my brain that made it harder for me to grasp more left-brain, mathematical concepts. Thus, I became what the evidence supports. My test scores were always crazy good with anything related to reading or writing, while my math scores and science scores were the best.

At one time, I was even a pre-made student. After failing in chemistry, I thought to myself – “You know, this is something I can never be good at.” Now, I know it’s all about horses. Not that I couldn’t do the chemistry. It’s simple that I don’t care about it. It did not inspire me. The medical field did nothing. Deep interest is the key to elite skills. Think about it: When you were really interested in something, didn’t it make it easier to learn? Your brain is incredible and what you want to be good at is in the realm of your natural abilities. You will never need a talent-level IQ for what you have to learn. Business starting from rocket science. All you need is the right approach, patience and above all self-confidence.

Principle # 6: “I can make a difference with my efforts and my attitude.”

My high school guidance counselor, Mr. Garcia, had one of those awesome clich motivational posters in his office with an eagle flying high in the sky that said, “Your attitude determines your height!” And despite the fact that Instagram has almost completely destroyed the meaning behind inspirational quotes, it’s still true.

The way you perceive things affects the way things turn out and those results affect your beliefs. It all starts with you and your attitude. This is similar to what is called Observational effects In physics, the instruments used to measure an event change the event itself. You instrument! This means that you have to protect your thinking accordingly. If you constantly focus on why something is going to be so difficult, the task will seem a lot harder because you are making the hard thing bigger. If you focus on why something is possible, why you will succeed, why a job will be enjoyable, you will feel those effects more deeply. Shortly after doing this, you realize that in many cases, events are just events – and are almost completely intertwined with how we perceive and perceive the impact they have on our lives.

This slightly indifferent worldview is a key element of Stoic philosophy, Which I have deeply incorporated into my life. This does not mean that emotions sometimes get out of control – rather, when they do get under control, you must learn to get out of the fight and see purposefully what is happening to you and make an active decision to change your behavior. Despite doing. When you change your behavior and attitudes, you will greatly affect the outcome of the obstacles you are facing.

Principle # 7: “I like to challenge myself.”

Like our tendency to avoid mistakes, we often avoid challenges … because, in our brains, “challenges” usually lead to errors or stress, which is painful and unpleasant. But avoiding the challenge is to trade long-term perfection for short-term security.

In general, the nature of the challenges is that they start with the difficult and gradually become easier. Along the way, you will learn both the skills you need to succeed in your discipline and the person you need to be in order to rise to the occasion. I learned from almost all the challenging things I did Jiu Jitsu To learn how to solve Rubik’s Cube. Through constant challenge and relentless perseverance, frustration always gives way to understanding. And then skills. And finally, mastered.

So my prescription for you is to deliberately, actively look for things that will challenge you. If you can understand everything in your life, you are doing it wrong. You should have at least one element of your day that makes you constantly frustrated enough to find a solution. It could be something like a complex business problem, or something as simple as reading a book beyond your comprehension. Challenges and confusions begin to be seen as an indicator that you are on the right track, instead of a sign that you need to go back and move to more familiar areas.

Extend yourself.

Once a mind is expanded, it will not return to its original form.

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