Did you know that the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy of Stoicism can help you to overcome frustration, anxiety and anger?
Yes! Some of history's greatest minds from George Washington, to Frederick the Great, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Goethe and top CEOs all embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics.
Stoicism is the West's answer to Buddhism...it is far more tailored to you as a CEO or entrepreneur than any other philosophy.
It is the philosophy of heros and great achievers.
"What is the fruit of these teachings? Only the most beautiful and proper harvest of the truly educated-tranquility, fearlessness, and freedom."
- Epictetus, Greek Philosopher
Interviewed by researcher Alèxandros Ntolgkov, from Karl de Grote University & EMAGINE LIFE, "Think-Tank" in the Netherlands...
Enjoy watching the video, and make sure contact me for more information on Greek philosophy and how my coaching programs can work for you.
Warm Regards from Greece,
This is Alkistis
Philosopher, Self-Leadership Coach, Author of THE STOIC CEO.
How would you always like to be in control of yourself, no matter what is happening on the outside?
As a CEO, as an entrepreneur, you are faced with many challenges and overwhelm.
A Stoic realizes that only his/her thoughts and intentions are truly within their sphere of control; everything else is ultimately uncontrollable.
The ‘Dichotomy of Control’, is a central idea that the Stoics held and practiced.
It is the original concept behind the Christian Serenity Prayer, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
Here is how Epictetus, the ancient Greek philosopher puts it in his 'Enchiridion' (a sort of Stoic manual):
“Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing. Not within our power are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not of our own doing.”
Find out more by watching today's video, and write in the comments below.
PS. This lecture was filmed at New York University, campus in Athens, where I teach as a guest lecturer.
The Roman Stoic philosopher Cicero once said that Socrates... “..Wrestled philosophy from the heavens and brought it down to Earth.”
One could say he was a sort of Prometheus - taking fire from the gods and giving it to humans, thus giving them the tool to determine their own destiny.
Prior to Socrates, Greek philosophy consisted primarily of metaphysical or scientific questions, such as: Why does the world stay up, suspended in space? Is the world composed of one substance or many substances?
But living amidst the horrors of the Peloponnesian War, where Athens had lost to Sparta, Socrates was more interested in essential existential, ethical and social issues: What is the best way to live? Why be moral when immoral people seem to benefit more? Do the rich live better than the poor? Is happiness about satisfying one’s deep desires or is it about being good and acting with honor?
According to Socrates, examining oneself, our motives and actions, is the most important task one can undertake.
Self-observation alone, will give us the knowledge necessary to answer the question ‘How should I live my life?’
In today's video we listen to a discussion that recently was moderated by me about Socrates. I hope you find it interesting and useful.
From Athens,Greece, This is Alkistis, TAKE CHARGE
The Stoic Society of Athens, organizes such discussions on a regular basis.