This interesting piece by a tech entrepreneur highlights how lessons learned from the Stoics -- including Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca -- have made him a better person and a better businessman. For instance:
"As Epictetus said, “All things everywhere are perishable.”
The Stoics ask us to look at all the things we take for granted, from our health to the relationships we value, and visualize what our life would be like without them. ... [T]hough it can sound morbid, it can be thought of as a reverse gratitude practice. ... [A]s entrepreneurs in the tech world, we must also brace for flux and change — elements of our industry that are essential and universal but also uncomfortable. We can’t always predict the market or the latest hiccups in our business model, but we can learn to enjoy the journey. ...
According to Seneca, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”
A key tenet of my business focus is how we treat each other. The Stoics recognized that other people -- like investors, co-workers and competitors -- are usually the most common element to disrupt our happiness. But they also believed we were designed to live among other people and interact with them in a mutually advantageous manner. The Stoics ask us to acknowledge our duty to one another."
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