An Unusual Source of Wisdom

“Perfection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.”  — Uncle Iroh Uncle Iroh is a fictional character from an animated kids show called Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although the show is made simple for children to understand, a second look and a second thought reveals an astonishing amount of underlying messages, wisdom, and maturity for older audiences … Continue reading An Unusual Source of Wisdom

Setting Goals

“Prioritize your problems and take care of them one at a time, the highest priority first. Don’t try to do everything at once or you won’t be successful.” — Jocko Willink I find it funny how many of Jocko Willink’s quotes align with stoicism philosophies. He says he doesn’t follow stoicism, and yet here we are… The subject of today’s discussion revolves around setting goals. … Continue reading Setting Goals

Modern Stoics: Part Four

“You must own everything in your world. There is no one else to blame.” — Jocko Willink Jocko Willink is a retired naval officer who served in the navy SEALs. Although he’s specifically said he doesn’t follow stoicism, there seems to be an overlap between what he values and what others value. One of Willink’s phrases that he often repeats is “Discipline equals freedom.” He … Continue reading Modern Stoics: Part Four

Modern Stoics: Part Two

“We can learn from stoicism without embracing it’s strict letter. This human side of stoicism can toughen us without robbing us of our humanity.” — Nancy Sherman Nancy Sherman is a philosophy professor at Georgetown University. She’s studied philosophies from many different parts of the world, stoicism being one of them. I think this quote is important because it reaches out to those that think … Continue reading Modern Stoics: Part Two

Modern Stoics: Part One

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist known for studying randomness, likelihood, and probability. He’s also the author of a book called The Black Swan. Oddly enough, this man also seems to follow stoicism, or at least share some common ideas with it. In this quote he brings up what … Continue reading Modern Stoics: Part One

Quotes From Heraclitus: Part Four

“Big results require big ambitions” Ambition is an important aspect and characteristic to anybody with any kind of goal, ever. Sounds like I’m exaggerating there. I’m not. Without ambition, we have no inner desire to do things. Without an inner desire to do something, we never truly complete a task because we never spend time getting all the flaws worked out. If we only run … Continue reading Quotes From Heraclitus: Part Four

Quotes From Heraclitus: Part Three

“Much learning does not teach understanding.” Academics and intelligence are two commonly confused things. Of course, it makes sense. Education often increases intelligence, and an intelligent person often does well academically. The confusion comes in when people try to measure intelligence based off of academics. Or even worse: when people assume that an intelligent person will be extremely successful academically.  There’s plenty of examples of … Continue reading Quotes From Heraclitus: Part Three