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.