Your chief task in life should be separating things into what you control and what you don't

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“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness well in the soul.” — Democritus.

In life, we tend to focus on many things and thereby set us up for a lot of unnecessary trouble: getting upset, worried, stressed, experiencing negative and excessive emotions — being "hindered," as the…

Stillness is a key virtue that you need in turbulent times

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Living in a world with many things are outside our control and enormous things distracting and stressing us, stillness becomes essential to thinking clearly, making sound decisions, and managing our relations with ourselves and others.

Stillness is a virtue or inner peace for the Stoic, which they regard as the…

Religion is useful for the politicians

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"Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence." — Christopher Hitchens.

During political campaigns, especially in Africa, we see politicians preaching the words of God to voters about how God sends leaders and…

You don’t need wealth to live a happy life

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Marcus Aurelius wrote superbly in his Meditations,

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it’s all within yourself in your way of thinking” — Marcus Aurelius

Many people think about specific aspects of life that they believe can make them happy such as pleasurable engagement with their environment…

Studying the lives of the great would help you to mirror their private victories.

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In 1813, we were told that the shortest-serving US president, William H. Harrison sent about three volumes of an ancient book to John, his 15-year-old son. The book was Plutarch's Lives, containing a favorite of successful women and men throughout history. And here is how he inscribed the first volume:

First, consider how you stand in relation to them and how we were born to help one another.

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Marcus Aurelius said, "it's possible not to have an opinion, and you don't have to turn little things into chaos — you don't have to let every little something upset you."

In life, we can solve many problems by not being overreactive to every situation — some issues resolve themselves…

You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.

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Some people are fortunate, while others are unfortunate, and life consists of moments: good and bad. If you watch the news, you will realize that climate change or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, drought, and the Covid-19 pandemic are causing us many problems.

In addition to the natural disasters…

It's not what happens to you in life but how you respond to it that matters.

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My early childhood was challenging with a civil war

A year before the Liberian civil unrest, I was born to a less-privileged family engulfed by abject poverty. Liberia is a tiny country in West Africa that America invented during the abolition of slavery.

My parents never had any form of formal education because they were denied the opportunity to…

#3 You have the option to either go along or get dragged along by life

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Brief information about Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a Greek Stoic philosopher, and it is believed that he became the second founder of Stoicism after Zeno of Citium — the actual founder of Stoic philosophy.

He once said: "If I followed the multitude, I should not have studied philosophy.", which was a response to Ariston when…

A Stoic should strive to practice Stoicism always, not only in difficult times.

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After my thesis defense recently, I shared a Stoic success story on how Stoicism empowered me to complete my Ph.D. journey — which was arduous but worth it.

Before getting to the nitty-gritty of what I intend to uncover concerning my current position on Stoic philosophy, I would like to…

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Researcher, Practical Stoic, and Entrepreneur. Writer in Stoic Philosophy, Self-improvement or Personal development, Productivity, and Academic life

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