It’s a misconception that Stoicism means to act with emotionless indifference. Stoicism is in it’s essence a strive for inner calm and clear judgement. In part through self-control and emotional awareness, but also through attitudes and outlooks. We could all do with a portion of Stoicism in our lives, especially as leaders.

I’m not saying you should give up your day job to start studying Marcus Aurelius, but there are some good points in Stoicism to live by and muse on.

  • Identify what you are in control of, what you can merely influence, and what ultimately is out of your hands.
  • Respect everyone equally.
  • Anger and revenge are irrational, but helping one another is good and natural.
  • Failure is rarely your burden to carry alone, but likewise, success is rarely your triumph to brag about alone. Be humble.

I am not an expert on Stoicism, but find I am somewhat of a Stoic by nature, and that a lot of it’s concepts ring true and compelling. A lot of current concepts for a healthy mind, such as mindfulness, positive outlooks, minimalist living etc., can be found in Stoicism.

But I wouldn’t make a habit out of calling yourself a Stoic. It’s simply too easy to come off as a pretentious snob. But I do recommend reading up on it a bit, and try to work some Stoic meditations into your everyday routines.

Stoicism 101 by Massimo Pigliucci –
Reddit Stoicism Wiki –
Beginners Guide to Stoicism by Donald Robertson –