Ethos, should be the first filter any decision we make needs to pass through.
It is our character - our only true possession.
Your Ethos, apart from personally empowering you, will also make you more trustworthy, gain you a better reputation, an invaluable commodity in business and personal relations.
A leader with Ethos will attract the best people into his/her business, the business will gain a better reputation, better partners and, everything else being equal, more clients. This will drive others to do the same, in order to compete, which will improve the economy on the whole, to the benefit of everyone. Ethos will create a healthier overall environment wherever it’s applied; a beneficial rising tide that sweeps through our society, lifting everyone up.
Virtue (Greek: Areté), the cornerstone of Ethos, is not therefore an abstract term for philosophy, but a very concrete aspect of our personal happiness, freedom and fulfillment. We should be ethical, not only because it’s the ‘right thing’ to do, but for purely selfish reasons. It benefits us and our well being.
Ethos is so important because it becomes the backbone of our character, an experience of our Self in our most empowered state. It provides us with an armour to fight off fear and doubt. It gives us strength, purpose and direction, which are the most empowering traits one can have. Without it, we are a ship without a compass.
As Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and devout student of Greek philosophy wrote 2,000 years ago:
“No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. Like gold or emerald or purple repeating to itself, ‘No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my colour undiminished.’”
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What is the one key to happiness and freedom that has been a constant from the time of Socrates and the Stoics to today's modern psychotherapy practices like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) etc?
The answer is best expressed by a quote of the Greek philosopher, Epictetus who taught that, 'It isn't events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.'
This week's video is a clip from the book launch of two books on Stoic Philosophy by Donald Robertson and John Sellars, where I was recently asked to translate at IANOS bookstore in Athens...
Watch our lively discussion and find out how Modern Stoicism can help you create more happiness and freedom in your life.
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As I look back on my childhood, I can clearly see that I was
introduced to Greek philosophy by my father. From a young age,
instead of fairy tales like Cinderella, my father would read us
bedtime stories from Aesop’sFables, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Much later, it was through leadership training, that I was introduced to
Aristotle’s timeless system for influence and persuasion: He
wrote the worlds’s first ever manual on the Art of Persuasion.
It’s called, “The Rhetoric” .
Little did I know, that within this system, lies the key to navigating life...
Like an "Inner GPS"
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How can a philosophy which is over 2000 years old, help someone like you
to overcome anxiety, anger and frustration?
I recently co-hosted a big conference here in Greece (Stoicon) where over 300
people came to find out exactly that.
It went so well, it looks like we will repeat it next year!
Hope to see you there too ! Watch video to learn more.
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Dr Alkistis Agio,
World-class Leadership Trainer & Philosopher,
Founder of The ALKISTIS Method