When most people hear the word “stoic” the first things that come to mind are “boring” and “dull” – both negative characteristics. That’s too bad. Because there’s a lot we can learn from the Stoics of ancient Greece.
Most don’t realize that Stoicism was a tried and true ancient way of life, a way of engaging the world. While there were many Stoics and many variations on the central tenets, here are 3 basic principles that I have taken to heart:
- You should not worry about or place value in anything you cannot control.
- You should spend most of your time doing, not thinking or theorizing or planning.
- You should strive to locate happiness in things you can control.