Stoicism is a philosophy with fairly low reputation due to a few misconceptions. Contrary to popular belief Stoics are not people who have no feelings or don’t care about the rest of the world.
In fact, Stoics teach right the opposite, by controlling our emotions we reach a peace of mind and then get rid of the unnecessary things. In recent years more and more celebrities have shown to follow some of the principles and beliefs of stoicism which largely increased its following.
Here are 8 principles which will give you that entrepreneur mindset and boost your success in all aspects of life:
“Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.”
It is in hard times that we see who we truly are. Whether we stay and face what is coming at us or we flee and hope that next time we’ll have more courage or be better prepared. Entrepreneurs love challenges, for them it is just another way of life wanting to see how far they can go and if they deserve what they have. Want to know yourself better? Go out there and start breaking those comfort zone walls.
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
Life has become so comforting nowadays that we’re terrified of everything foreign. Well not entrepreneurs, they know that they’ll have to get their hands dirty at some point, but it will be totally worth it. If you’re not ready to be laughed at, lose some sleep or even money then you probably won’t go that far.
Everything that challenges you and takes you out of your comfort zone is building you as a person and helping you get ready for the next challenge. So instead of running away all the time and thinking of roundabouts, embrace the thought that it’s never going to be easy and just go for it.
“While we are postponing, life speeds by.”
Entrepreneurs understand very well that every moment counts and waiting for the right one is not an option. We get fooled that we have time, we leave things or cancel plans for tomorrow or next week as if there is any certainty. Entrepreneurs have done their fair share of missed opportunity and when time is of the essence they’re not too eager to try their luck again. No plan is a good plan unless it is executed.
“You are unfortunate in my judgment, for you have never been unfortunate. You have passed through life with no antagonist to face you; no one will know what you were capable of, not even you yourself.”
Entrepreneurs – successful or still grinding – realize that the only way to the top is by working their asses off. They don’t have time to think about how anybody made their fortune. People need to be more grateful about the hardships they’ve gone and go through because that just takes you one step ahead of the rest.
Yeah, it’s probably not that bad to be born in a rich household and to have everything you want at your disposal, but entrepreneurs know that if they go to ground zero they’ll just make it to the top again, while those who haven’t had one hard day in their lives wouldn’t.
“Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished”
The beginning – that dreadful place we all fear and despise. Being a beginner is not always fun, but at the same time, it’s the place that separates the successful people from the rest. Strangely enough, it takes a lot of effort and willpower to execute a plan and even more willpower and patience to go through that beginner phase.
Entrepreneurs know that whenever they want to engage in something new they’ll need to go through all of it again. They know they’re going to fail and fail and fail and at some point succeed and then fail again. But that is just the way things work and it’s totally OK. It’s a cliché quote, but think how you’d feel a year from now if you had started today.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life: it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Most people look their whole lives for things to make them happy and complete. They change friends, jobs or even go to a different place to live at. What they don’t realize is that nobody can make you happy if you yourself aren’t content with yourself.
If you don’t accept yourself with all of your flaws you will never live a fulfilling life. Entrepreneurs know that very well and appreciate every tiny thing even the warm sunlight coming through the shades in the morning.
“When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
Gratitude – something that can take you a long way. Very few of us actually think how much fortunate they are than others. Being born without any allergies or disabilities. Being born in a wealthy. All of this does not depend on anything before you’re born. It is simply luck and we should all be grateful that we’ve been given this chance.
There are countries that are unfathomably poor and we brag about not being able to buy the new iPhone. One way to go about this is by writing on a sheet of paper all of the things you’re grateful for and visualize them every time you go to bed and wake up and you will see how much of a difference it makes.
“Confine yourself to the present”
Entrepreneurs don’t care about the past. They know that their mistakes or what they were before does not define them anymore. Too many people hang on to past events and mistakes and prevent themselves from taking action. Until we realize that only in the present moment we can achieve happiness and greatness we won’t be able to live the life we wish for ourselves.