STOIC Passage of the week.


PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:

The Stoics knew that this was a kind of death. That as soon as we stop growing, we start dying. Or at least, we become more vulnerable to the swings of Fate and Fortune. Seneca talked over and over again about the importance of adversity, of not only embracing the struggle life throws at us but actively seeking out that difficulty, so you can be stronger and better and more prepared. A person who has never been challenged, he said, who always gets their way, is a tragic figure. They have no idea what they are capable of. They are not even close to fulfilling their potential.

— Are You Ready To Be Challenged? (Listen)

YOUR STOIC WEEKEND REMINDER:

There’s no excuse for being surprised.

In the book Of Anger, Seneca draws on Fabius, one of Ancient Rome’s great generals, to teach a lesson from war that every citizen and leader and business person should be familiar with:

“Fabius used to say that the basest excuse for a commanding officer is ‘I didn’t think it would happen,’ but I say it’s the basest for anyone. Thinking everything might happen; anticipate everything.”

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