3 Reasons Why You Should Not Care So Much About Prizes Or Losses

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1. If You Lost, You’re Not A Loser

When you venture upon participating in a competition, remember before and after, whether you get the 1st prize, the 3rd one or the last one, the quality of your craft is, in each cases, identical. An ephemeral accomplishment doesn’t change the quality of your work whatsoever, but it can change your perception about it if you don’t take care of your invaluable reason and strive to ‘mould’ it in such a way not to be at your peril.

Stoics used to utter: “Do the best work you can do and that’s enough.”

After you lost, just ask yourself: “Did you truly care about nothing but your actual level of performance?”If you put in the work only for the sake of winning something in order to come across as fancy, impressive, smart or whatever, you’re in danger. When you become so attached to the outcome – the prize you win or don’t win – the purpose of your work loses substance and here’s the fatal blunder. Every time you start feeling contrite because of a prize you didn’t get, by dint of an unexpected outcome, meditate and ponder, ask yourself why you care so much about that futile prize.

You don’t have to run from your feelings if you’re getting envious because someone else got the prize you desired. That’s OK, we all have envy inside of us, more or less. I don’t know why, but it’s there. Yet that doesn’t mean  you should guide by its standards, that you should act in keeping with the impulses envy generates. Whenever you feel envious, ask yourself if it’s because of the prize that person got or due to the great work that person pulled off.  If the answer is the former option, then you should reconsider your priciples quite a bit. If it’s the latter answer, that’s OK, to some extent. Accept that feeling.

You should treat envy like a guy who is in a very powerful position, yet you know he’s not sane and actually not worth your admiration – Donald Trump. Nontheless, he’s powerful so you have to listen to him carefully in order to find out how to confront him. Keep an eye on him, yet don’t buy into what he’s saying. It’s usually an utter baloney. 

Assess your negative feelings, otherwise they will shatter your subconscious and this baleful habit will render you selfish and incredibly superficial on the long term. When you try to run from that feelings, that’s the wrongest action ever. It might seem beneficial on the short term, but on the long term, you are morphing yourself into an awful person, and you don’t want that. Do you?

So, prizes? These are just extra.  Do the right thing and give your best. That’s important.

2. If You Lost, Why Don’t You Firstly Blame Yourself?

Even though the commision members that decided who deserved to win were inapt and unfair, even though the referee was biased, even though the rules were broken to some extent, even though you were better than everyone else, there are still plausible reasons as to why you didn’t win. Firstly, again, did you produce the best version of your craft? Did you give your whole best? If yes, that’s great. Secondly, were you 6 times better than everyone? That’s the real point.

There will always be teachers, commision members, referees, publishers and the like that usually have more power than yourself when pertaining to the actual outcome of the competition, yet there’s simply no way you wouldn’t win whether you were 3 times, 4 times, 5 times better than everyone else. You can’t be just slightly better – 1% ; 5% ; 10% better –  because the reality is that, the difference won’t be seized because it’s too petty.

Think about it in business. You can’t stand out in the market if you have a product that is only 1% ; 5% ; 10% better than the currently best one out there. It has to be 5 times, 6 times better. Otherwise, it won’t be seized by the consumers. Their choice would be subjective, and when it’s like that, you don’t win because you don’t have that scintillating edge over the others. Sometimes it hurts when you lose on account of other’s mistaken decisions, but that’s life.

So, prizes? These are just extra. Do the right thing and give your best. That’s important. 

3. If You Win, You’re Not A Winner

How often do you see those people that get so cheerful whenever they win something? Aren’t those people awful? The reality is that, when we win and get so cheerful, we are more or less like those that lose and get depressed. The context is the same – overly attached to the actual outcome.

However, it seems that, under these circumstances, the winner is doomed to complete unhappiness in comparison with the loser who is just a little bit less doomed, so to speak.  When you lose and you’re so attached to winning that prize, at least you might want to try harder and put in the work to finally win that preposterous prize in the forthcoming times. Even though it’s not for the right reasons, at least there are chances you might keep on working, and that’s fine. But, a big and shrewd but, when you win and you’re so attached to your prize, you stop working because you begin pigeonholing yourself as too great, which renders further progress impossible. You idenfity with that prize as though a piece of paper or a trophy represents you, and that’s not fine.

So, prizes? These are just extra. Do the right thing and give your best. That’s important. 

This Year Is Going To Be Worse – Hopefully


“Never confuse yourself by visions of an entire lifetime at once. Remember that it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone.”

– Marcus Aurelius –

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It’s hard not to think of that stereotype who sets up impressive goals during the time when 2017 is about to start, but, eventually, achieves nothing whatsoever. What these individuals are doing is called “New Year’s Resolutions”, right? I guess so. It’s fun to do that. You should try it sometime. But it’s not fun to actually do that, to actually conquer that “resolutions”.

Funny enough, very few achieve what they really covet. They invariably talk about what they are going to acquire, what they are going to do, what they are going to plan, how they are going to do that. This entails a lot of deep work and these individuals pigeonhole themselves as “well-organized” by dint of their painstaking strategy they’ve set up in order to conquer their goals. They create so thoroughly the perfect scenario that is going to bestow upon them the outcome they desire. They start deploying their imagination in such a “perfect” manner that everything is going to be simply magnificent, everything will go exactly as planned. This scintillating plan they’ve been working on for 3 hours boosted their confidence just a lot. Plans are great, okay, but, a very huge BUT, should we tell them that our mind is unable to differentiate between imagination and the actual reality? Maybe later.

They ponder, they assess until their goals really start to seem truly possible and viable. Under no circumstances could one admit that goal visualization is not important. It’s imperative actually. However, “research mainly shows that while goal vizualization is important, after a certain point our mind begins to confuse it with actual progress.” – “Ego is the Enemy” – by Ryan Holiday

Acknowledge The Present Moment

Hilariously enough, as Eckhart Tolle says, “neither the future, nor the past exist. The future is just a thought which is arousing in the present moment, and the past is just a memory which one remembers in the present moment as well.”

In vain would one think of the future if he is not tremendously aware that what he only has is the here and now.

It takes time to be utterly present, to be awakened, so to speak, but it’s only experiential. The thing is, even though plans are important, realizing fully that you live only in the here and now can prepare you for this year, because when you realize that this moment right here, right now, is paramount, not only will you start appreciate life more, but you’ll be less sensible and more aware of your thoughts. When you’re aware of them, you won’t identify with them so often. Your thoughts are usually harmful, but they are just your thoughts, not you, so to speak. It’s a fine paradox that you’re less identified with your thoughts only when you fully observe all of them. You’ll also begin to conceptualize and think that – when something “bad” happens – “Well, am I so weak that I can’t bear this fleeting moment?”

Bad Things Will Happen

“One of the faculties we received from Nature was this, that just as she herself transmutes every obstacle or opposition, fits it into its place in destiny’s patterns, so a rational being has power to turn each hindrance into material for himself, and use it to send forward his own endeavours.”

– Marcus Aurelius –

There’s no way around that, the inevitable happens. You have to be prepared. Whatever happens to you in 2017, think of it as destiny, as normality, even as an advantage. It happens for you, not to you. Consider that this is how God wanted it to be, thus, it is not actually bad what happened, but rather, mainstream.

Whether something challenges you and your emotions, whether you lose someone dear, whether you lose your job, whether your business fails, whether you fail in school, remember that you’re able to use all your power to turn the obstacle in victory. Actually, “bad things” don’t occur, but is rather the individual mind that pigeonholes things as “bad”. Dealing with obstacles is not bad, is life-changing. When something “bad” happens, rapidly think of it as an opportunity to turn this adversity into a training session that makes you more resilient.

Instead of considering something bad, put the “challenging” label on it. But it’s up to you whether you let it destroy you or you make use of it. The obstacles will overwhelm you if you regard yourself as special, that nothing “bad” must happen to you. When you asked yourself, “Why me?”, you lost.

You’re Not Important, Neither Am I

Don’t wish for “comfort”, so to regard the state in which no “bad things” happen, but rather, wish that whatever happens, you have the power to turn the obstacle into fruitful results.

That is why 2017 is not going to be better. “Bad” things are going to happen. By the same token, these “bad things” are going to make you more resilient and more successful. It hinges on you whether you’re capable of fully seizing the present moment, taking action instead of pondering and talking, and turning obstacles into victories.

Remember that the heroes from various novels are not heroes from the very beginning. They have to come under harsh obstacles until they become so powerful and capable of solving the situation.

How Not To Get Tricked by Sly Marketers

Has one ever wondered why certain companies, even though they are not brimming with incredibly scintillating products, they always acquire success, as myriads of people invariably buy from them? Despite their inability to provide indeed stunning products, they still manage to be and remain at the top. But how?

Interestingly enough, there are certain success-filled companies that know properly how to influence and manipulate their customers. One might not believe it fully, but there are various principles/rules/powers that guide the human action. This automatically happens, as the person that is being influenced can’t figure out that he was virtually tricked. Funny enough, that’s chiefly why this is called “influence”.

When the individual is being manipulated, there’s an automatic click that subconsciously tells him what to do, something deeply imbedded in the brain that activates a natural human action.

  1. Take Care. Commitment is the Key

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Photo credit => Mark Manson

I like to call it “The Commitment Principle”, even though I am not sure it is called exactly so.  Rather than explaining it, let’s lay it bare through a real situation.

During the Christmas period, the huge toy companies know very well that they are going to sell a lot of toys no matter what. However, they also know very well that in January and February, they are doomed to sell very little amount of products.  Because of the Christmas spree, parents, generally, are not amenable to again buy new toys for their children. How do these huge companies make up for this?

 Here is the interesting part. They start prior to Christmas with attractive TV ads for certain special toys. The kids, naturally, want what they see! Thus, the parents make a promise to purchase the toy the kid covets. Here comes the sly marketing tactic. The toy companies deliberately undersupply the stores with the toys they’ve gotten the parents to promise. The huge majority of parents find those things sold out and, thus, they are forced to buy other toys that have the same value, more or less.

Then, after Christmas, they start running ads again with the same type of toys. This is the right time to properly supply their stores with these toys. Then, the kid goes running to his parent when watching the ad:  “but you promised, you promised”. Then, obviously, the parent just got tricked. He has to buy that toy. Sorry for the grammatical mistake. He MUST buy that toy. Why? It’s all about commitment. The toy companies know extremely well that during the Christmas period, the parent is more inclined to make promises.  As he got committed, he can’t avoid it.

Once the stand is taken, there’s a natural tendency to behave in ways that are consistent with the stand.  This principle is deployed to make us take action “in harmony with” what these companies really want from us

2. Do you want your brand to become more well-known? Do this!

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Photo Credit => Emotive Brand

Another sly trick of marketers is actually very simple. It is aimed at making the customer obligated to comply because, if not, the customer will feel immoral and selfish. Nobody wants that, let’s be serious. This is another automatic click of our human nature.

So, willing to make your brand more well-known ? Go from door to door and ask every single person that shows up , “How are you today?”. He will generally reply : I’m fine today, thanks.”

Then you continue the conversation by saying : “I am glad that you are fine, but, unfortunately, these people aren’t…”  Then you are going to show him special cases of people that have cancer. You ask them for no money whatsoever. But why not ask them if they’re amenable to offer you the opportunity to put a placard nearby the road, within their yard. On the placard, you would write: “Stop Smoking”, and under it you subtly write your brand name. That’s marketing. They can’t do anything but comply.

Credit => thoughts inspired from the book

“Influence” ( the Psychology of Persuasion) by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D.

Needless to say, I am not a proponent of this kind of marketing. I would be though, if the aim is to indeed aid that cause. Whether the cause is not related towards helping the world, it is just a cunning strategy. This is another principle huge companies make use of in order to make their brand well-known. In this way, they render the customer helpless not to comply because nobody is willing to come across as unethical and immoral. It’s an utter automatism.

That automatic click admonishes the gut feeling that what is being done is correct, when, in fact, it isn’t whatsoever. The main thrust is that, while sly marketers deploy this kind of tricks, tricks that are powerfully inspired from various automatic human principles/rules/laws, they make use of them unimaginably well.

Thus, they render the customer unable to use his rational mind, his thinking abilities, his thoughts. They render him unable to assess the situation at hand. Even though he would endeavor to analyze it painstakingly for a long period of time, there are high chances he would not figure out that he was indeed being manipulated. Some principles are so powerful, and purely, genuinely, automatic that the rational mind becomes inapt and shut down.

It needs practice and a lot of self-awareness, but only roughly 97% of people are tricked by these principles. There is hope that you can master the ability not to get trapped. Be careful!

Here Are 5 Reasons Why You’re A Harmful Life Partner

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Photo Credit => Toa Heftiba

You just can’t stand your life partner’s flaws any longer because you just can’t imagine that he is just like he is and he just owns a couple of flaws as everyone does. You’re always criticizing him in your mind, striving to conceptualize how you can virtually change him for the better. The blunt reality is that you will never be able to change this person, and that’s the great thing, paradoxically. Welcome to the real world. You should attend it more often. It’s fun.

1. You Think Your Life Partner Is The Harmful One

You desperately and illogically want to change your life partner and rid them of their “toxic” flaws, such as being not so well-organized, being too emotional, getting upset very often, being a little bit too arrogant, being a little bit too lazy, being a little bit too blunt, eating too much ice-cream. That’s why you’re such a harmful, a harmful life-partner. Flaws are obviously not desirable, but obviously not inherently baleful. If because of these things you think your partner is the harmful one, you’re the harmful one. If you’re simply highly intent on changing the person that represents a paramount part of your life, just stop, whether you don’t ‘covet’ becoming a mentally deranged man. You want to change your life partner for you, not for him/her. You’re not doing it for the right reasons, because if you really had a virtuous intention, you wouldn’t desire changing him, you would desire finding the inner strength to utterly accept him.

2. You Don’t Know How To Differentiate Between Vices And Flaws

Be careful not to be harmful at differentiating between vices and flaws. Like Marcus Aurelius – the Stoic philosopher – used to pray, “give me strength to differentiate between what I can and cannot control”, you should also pray to find strength in order to differentiate between vices and flaws. A vice is not something along the lines of eating too much chocolate. It’s just about something toxic and chocolate is just fine. Find that strength, and you will be a less harmful life partner. 

Vices – alcoholism, smoking , cheating, gambling, greed, envy, excessive anger, lying,  – in that case you might try to consider ditching your life partner if she/he is brimming with a serious amount of vices. Sometimes, when innocent flaws are rapidly turning into tangible vices, there’s no other way around that. You have to take a step back and start considering the harsh, yet beneficial option, which is ending your relationship with your indeed harmful life partner at the drop of a hat.

3. You Think You Love Your Life Partner Mainly Due To His Qualities

You don’t have a relationship with, love or like your life partner exclusively because of his qualities, but because of his flaws. When she’s jealous because you liked that girl’s picture on Instagram, that’s sweet as long as she doesn’t make a fuss about it. That’s her personality, but it doesn’t mean that she’s a harmful life partner. When he doesn’t feel like talking to you within a day, he’s just the type of guy that needs more time alone, thus, he comes across as a tad arrogant – girls subconsciously enjoy that – but it doesn’t mean he’s a harmful life partner.

4. You Don’t Realize It’s All About Happiness

Instead of loving your ‘harmful’ life partner for his flaws, which you actually already practice – you just don’t know that yet – you pathetically create a false reality that you’ll love her even more if you can change her, because you will render your life partner more evolved, so to speak. But your life partner is not a Pokemon. This kind of ambition – striving to develop your partner – is built around mistaken concepts. When you read those articles on the internet that in a relationship you should grow together, they’re pertaining to happiness, not to forging two deities. Your common goal must be happiness, not something like creating two flawless machines, which is built exclusively around acceptance, and accepting your person’s flaws is nice. It’s not easy, but it’s nice.

5. You Think You’re A Lot Better Than Your Life Partner

“But what if I have very few flaws in comparison with my life partner?” Well, that’s a good sign you virtually pigeonhole yourself as too great, and that is just tantamount to being a harmful life partner. It’s an universal human condition though. We are so great at recognizing other people’s flaws, but when it comes to us, we have no inherent skill. In order to have more empathy, whenever they do something wrong, seeing it as a character trait can mean taking it less personally because it’s coming from their genes or early childhood rather than being a reflection on you as an individual. 

Are you perfect? No. You have flaws. Your life partner is perfect? No. He/she has flaws. If your life partner comes to grips with the fact that he acknowledges his innocent flaws, and you come to grips with the fact that you also acknowledge your innocent flaws – without morphing them into vices – you’ll also accept each other’s flaws without purposelessly trying to change each other. Doing that is not only toxic, is simply a baloney. Vices are something else. These are real problems, but flaws? C’mon. Just love your partner’s flaws and shut up. That’s why you fell in love with that person in the first place.

Some People Have So Very Few Flaws That They Have Very Irritating ‘Virtues’

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If you want to change someone, you’ll end up like this dude – or girl, I can’t figure out. Not independent, but lonely.

You just can’t stand your beloved person’s flaws any longer because you just can’t imagine that she is just like she is and she just owns a couple of flaws that you just can’t imagine you could simply have had just the same flaws as God bestowed upon her. You’re always criticizing her in your mind, striving to conceptualize how you can virtually change her. I know you’re going to weep, but the blunt reality is that you will never be able to change her. You can’t change her, yes. Welcome to the real world. You should attend it more often. It’s fun.

Nobody’s Perfect – That’s Why Humans Are Incredible

Figuring out how to change that person? Here’s the problem. When you start focusing on her, you’re doomed to void and unhappiness. It’s not about her, it’s just about you. You want to change that person for you, not for him/her.

“What do you mean? It doesn’t make that much sense.”

I’m glad you asked. Put it like that. You don’t love, like, have a relationship with, that other person exclusively because of her qualities, but because of her flaws. Nobody’s perfect, even a baby knows that. But very few actually find value within this saying and the majority practically keep saying it superficially. But when you utter: “Nobody’s perfect”, you’re profound. This is not an excuse that makes up for a mistake of yours – which we usually tend to do – but a statement that reflects the beauty of a human being. If you are trying to find a person that is endowed only with thousands of great qualities and no flaws, well, I have to tell you that deities cannot be found so readily. At least not on Earth.  

Do you want a partner that is perfect? Well, some people have so very few flaws that they have very irritating ‘virtues’. Seemingly, this quote is nonsense. A quality or a virtue cannot be irritating. Period. That’s why they’re called “quality” and “virtue”.

Think of a person that simply comes across as ‘very perfect’. Isn’t that person irritating? Well, no worries, she really just comes across like that, she has myriads of flaws too, like you do.

People will always have flaws and very rarely will you meet someone only with overly few flaws while brimming with myriads of qualities or virtues. Chances are there’s no such person like that, but there are a lot of people that actually come across like that, ‘beautifully’. Their apparent manifold virtues and qualities are just apparent. They are not real and that makes it so irritating. As Donald Robertson put it – the admin of the Stoicism group from Facebook – “I think it’s fair to say that people try to appear wise or maybe believe they’re wise, and that can be annoying.”

It’s All About Happiness

Thus, if you are indeed amenable to change the person that represents a paramount part of your life, think again. Is it for her, or just for you? I am not talking about vices – alcoholism, smoking, cheating, gambling, miserable character, greed, envy (in that case you might try to consider ditching her) – that’s something else. I am talking about flaws, something like, being not so well-organized, being too emotional, getting upset very often, being a little bit too arrogant, being a little bit too lazy, being a little bit too blunt, eating too much ice-cream. Things that are obviously not desirable, but obviously not inherently baleful.

Instead of loving her for her flaws, which you actually already practice – you just don’t know that yet – you idiotically create a false reality that you’ll love her even more because you will render her more evolved, so to speak. But your partner is not a Pokemon. This kind of ambition – striving to develop your partner – is built around mistaken concepts. When you read those articles on the internet that in a relationship you should grow together, they’re pertaining to happiness, not to forging two deities. Your common goal must be happiness, not something like creating two flawless machines, which is built exclusively around acceptance, and accepting your person’s flaws is nice. It’s not easy, but it’s nice.

Or Are We Talking To Mr/Ms Perfect?

Try this little exercise. When you feel like criticizing somebody else, or changing somebody else, just stop and ponder: “Wait, I have already enough to deal with in respect of myself. What’s my business is my business, so why I am trying to solve other one’s business? Do I have so few problems to deal with?”

Are you perfect? No. You have flaws. Your partner is perfect? No. He/she has flaws. If your partner comes to grips with the fact that he accepts his flaws, and you come to grips with the fact that you also accept your flaws, you’ll also accept each other’s flaws without purposelessly trying to change each other. Doing that is not only toxic, is simply a baloney. Vices are something else. These are real problems, but flaws? C’mon. Just love your partner’s flaws and shut up. That’s why you fell in love with that person in the first place.

 “But what if I have very few flaws in comparison with my partner?” Well, that’s a good sign you virtually pigeonhole yourself as too great, and that’s a harmful flaw too. It’s an universal human condition though. We are so great at recognizing other people’s flaws, but when it comes to us, we have no skill. Zero.

Be careful to differentiate between vices and flaws. Like Marcus Aurelius used to pray, “give me strength to differentiate between what I can and cannot control”, you should pray to find strength in order to differentiate between vices and flaws. A vice is not something along the lines of eating too much chocolate. It’s just about something toxic and chocolate is just fine.

Love your partner’s flaws, they’re awesome. There’s no person that is endowed only with great qualities and no flaws, and if there is one, remember that he/she just wants to come across as a deity, which easily makes her so irritating. To be morally good? That’s something else. The absence of virtues means the presence of vices, frankly, and vices are a major problem. Just accept your person’s flaws, even love her by dint of her flaws without trying to change her. Embrace it, accept it, love it.

Only Robots Are Productive

Humans are invariably going to demonize the governments for the fabulous rate of unemployment. That’s the human nature though, right? It’s a cognitive bias – blame something that is not in your control. We all do this. What is even funnier, but paradoxically incredibly baleful – if you can’t have power over something, if you cannot control something, why are you still complaining like a baby? That is getting us nowhere. But we do that. Humans will always do that. We enjoy wallowing in our baloney. I enjoy that sometimes too. Ok, quite often actually.

It’s not the government that is at fault though

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“It’s all about technology. Innovation is now creating fewer Jobs, not more. This may be the biggest and scariest one of all. With the rise of information technology, automation, and artificial intelligence, the fact is that we don’t need as many people as we used to. Accountants. Pharmacists. Even taxi cabs and truck drivers. That’s potentially tens of millions of people out of work. With no opportunity for those jobs to ever come back.” Mark Manson

The main thrust is that, our world doesn’t concentrate on hard work any longer, but on smart work. The hard work is going to be replaced by robots, machines and stuff along the lines of it. Stuff that doesn’t involve creativity. Stuff that doesn’t involve problem-solving skills. Stuff that doesn’t involve sagacity. Stuff that doesn’t…okay, you got that. But, a quite big, dramatic and true BUT, they are going to be 100x times more hard-working than people. They are going to produce more Mojitos than humans. They are going to be overly productive. People are not like that. We weren’t designed to be productive. Period.

In the past, by a process of osmosis, people believed that you have to leave for a better country which has a great economy and work work work work and work.

But Rihanna is not that accurate. Sorry Rihanna.

You can’t work both smart and hard

Tai Lopez is a very fond proponent of the idea of working smart. An unknown person allegedly asked him on social media:

“Tai, what if I work smart 18 hours a day?”

Tai’s answer was epic: ” If you work 18 hours a day, how can you call that “smart”?

I couldn’t agree more. Ever.

Be lazy. But Not Intelectually above_clouds-780x520-1

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The best ability a person can possess is figuring out how to conduct a task in half the time in comparison with how it is usually finished by others. This asks for creativity. Not for hard-work. That is what’s going to help the world. Not putting in 40 hours a day – I wish a day had so many hours though – but figuring out how you can perform a task better, more rapidly, more creatively.

Bill Gates said that his biggest issue is that he’s a little bit too lazy. But, not intelectually lazy though. 

Whenever you deal with a problem, just take a step back and ask yourself in the most non-superficially way possible:

“How can I finish this task 2 times more quickly than usual?” That is what might bestow upon you an edge over the other people. Working hard? Sometimes, a big SOMETIMES, you have to do it. But that’s not a goal. It’s like taking a bath. It’s a necessity!

There are so many people in this world that are working hard,  yet they don’t get the point. Working a lot doesn’t mean you’re productive. It just means you’re working hard, and this means you’re competing with a robot. That’s not your job. You have a mind, yes,  you also have emotions that can drive you forward if you know how to handle them. Be a Stoic. Get creative! Mix ideas! We have to create something that robots can’t. 

I asked what productivity means, on my Facebook Group Odd School – Learn Together. Some vantage points are never futile.

Productivity Is A Myth, Or is Misunderstood

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Something that robots will never possess? Creativity. The way our brain is able to mix myriads of ideas, molding them and forging great inventions – that’s awesome. Breakthroughs don’t emerge out of Heaven. They are a by-product of humans.

We need to get creative, to let our mind wander, to focus. If we want to perform a good amount of work, we have to alternate. We have to create something that robots can’t.

People have emotions. Robots don’t. Willpower is highly related to our emotions. We have a limited amount of willpower. Robots don’t. They just need some batteries or whatever they need and they can work for 40 years. But we? We get tired. We get bored. We get burnt out. Robots don’t. We need to get creative, to let our mind wander, to focus, then let our mind wander again. To ask some questions, then to read some books. Then focus again. Then maybe ponder. We have to do that in order to create something that robots can’t. We need some rest, we need to go for a run. We need to experience stuff. We have to deploy our best resources, and we have manifold resources, but, for sure, one of them is not working hard like a robot. 

If we want to perform a good amount of work, we have to alternate. We have to create something that robots can’t. We are just not designed to be like robots. We just can’t cope with the amount of productivity they can forge. Not only would it be insane, but also totally preposterous.

“Focus on the tasks we can’t yet quantify. The jobs that contain intangible skills. Jobs that require human ingenuity, human creativity, a human touch. Double down on anything that requires or generates a truly human experience.” – Kevin Kelly.

We have to create something that robots can’t. 

My friend: Do you know what’s funny?

Me: What?

My friend: You have a blog category called “productivity”.

Me: Oops.

Here Are 5 Reasons Why Reading Can Be Completely Useless

Okay. Sue me. Yes, reading can be actually completely, utterly, totally useless. But how? Why? Each and every teacher at school confidently impressed upon you to read, to read and to read because that’s how you become successful. Or it moulds your personality. Or it improves your vocabulary. Or whatever.

‘ Reading is not a hobby. It’s a serious business.

Treat it like a hobby and it will be wasted time.’

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There is a sad reality that, you can’t get motivated to capitalize on something if you don’t understand that something painstakingly. Imagine I am going to tell you that you should start exercising and you’re the laziest person in the world, eating pizza and cheesecake all day long. If I am not going to change your subconscious motivation behind your decisions, you’ll still be lazy. And fat.

In law school, they teach us that whether you want to have greater awareness of the subconscious  motivation behind your decisions, before actually acting, ask yourself  ‘why’ , immediately followed by another  ‘why’ and then another ‘why’. At least 3 pieces of ‘why’. That’s how you’ll understand your actions better. When you want to either do something or to understand something thoroughly, just do that. In this way, you’ll have greater beliefs, greater confidence and greater motivation. You’ll be able to give up doing what is futile and focus just on what’s important. Of course you can go on and ask another ‘why’, and another, and another, but you’ll probably go nuts. Three pieces are enough.  KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid.

So, why reading should be taken into account seriously? Because it makes you think clearly. Why it makes you think clearly? Because you’re reading great ideas and you’re taking specific notes that help you fix these ideas into your mind. Why is important to fix great ideas into your mind? Because as you gather increasingly more great ideas from intelligence-filled people you’ll become like them – hopefully. Why would I become like them? Because… and I just can go on an on.

Practising this exercise as often as possible will arguably render you able to understand HOW to do things better. However, before trying to emulate this exercise, well, here are 5 reasons why your style of reading is simply useless. Sorry dude.

1. If you read a lot, it just means you read a lot

We all know that girl – or maybe boy – that reads a bunch of books every single month and every time we see that person she, guess what, reads. But this doesn’t follow that there’s anything remotely impressive in respect of her actions. She just, well, reads.

Reading a bunch of stuff without deeply understanding it, without the substance, it’s just a waste of time. You have to read slowly, carefully, in such a way that you truly understand the message. Some great authors wrote a book in 4 years, let’s say. Why would you finish reading it in 2 days? You’re missing a lot.

I used to be a fan of speed-reading, and I still think it’s useful in some respects, but if your long-term goal is to gather solid knowledge, speed-reading is not actually the best solution.

2. You make poor choices

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Ask yourself, what books does that person read? She might read 100 books a day, but what if they are all shitty books? There are 340430549 books in the world. What makes you think all of them are good? There are 394334834802 people in the world. Are they all good? No, just a few of them. That’s the same with books. That’s the thing. You should understand who the most successful people in the world are – or used to be-  and start reading their books or what books they recommend – philosophers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, political leaders, me.

Don’t just randomly choose books. Ask the smarter ones, or find it on the internet. You don’t have to read 7000 books until you finally come across a good one. You don’t live along with the dinosaurs. Needless to say, we are born stupid, so the more shittier books you’ll read, you’ll actually start liking them and you’ll pigeonhole them as actually good, when in fact they are full of crap. Just read what successful people recommend and you’ll be just fine.

In life, it’s said that we should ask a lot of questions. Correct. But ask very good ones. Have you ever found yourself in that situation when you finally, randomly met a successful person you admire and you were intent on asking him a good question, but you struggled to do that? I found out one good question that can be asked to every successful person in the world and you won’t feel contrite whatsoever by dint of asking it.

“What’s your favorite book?”

3. You Read Only Fiction Stuff

To me, non-fiction is the thing. I know that today it’s cool to read only stories and fiction stuff. Sorry guys, but I am exclusively into experiencing a mind orgasm. I just enjoy that moment when I open up a book and read the first chapter and I feel like I was totally stupid 5 minutes ago.  Then, after reading that book, I am an utterly novel person – a little bit less stupid.

Myriads are going to despise me. But, hey, fiction is great actually. It challenges your imagination, improves your vocabulary and the like. But, tell me, if you read 1000 fiction books and your friend reads 50 non-fiction books, guess who will get the more practical ideas. Don’t get me wrong, some fiction books are incredible, brimming with awesome ideas as well. But they were written just for entertainment – the majority of them. They were made in order to render you tranquility-filled, so to speak. The non-fiction ones are the books that make you analyze your life, that offer you practical stuff, that help you open your business, deal with obstacles, find a great wife/husband, raise your child, eat chocolate properly. So, strike a balance. Of course, there are manifold crappy non-fiction books too. No question about that. Do your research.

4. You read “The Intelligent Investor” as though it was a Fairy Tale

I used to do that and I still do it. I wrote this article for myself too. Do you have a friend that reads a very deep and profound book with thousands of important ideas as though it was just for complete fun? I don’t, but my friends do. It’s me. I remember when I first started reading some books. My first non-fiction book that I read was “Think and Grow Rich”. It was also the first book I enjoyed, but I am digressing now. When I first read it, I didn’t write any notes, I didn’t emphasize what passages I liked, I just read it as though it was nothing important. I kept it pristine at least, without any specific things written in it.

What did I find out? When my mom asked me what I understood from it, or challenged me to tell her 4 ideas from the book, I blocked. I didn’t know what to say. Don’t do that. You have to take notes. Either in the book, in such a way that you know how to find them easily or you can get a notebook in which you write your treasure of ideas. Always, but dude, always means always,  keep it close to you. Every time you read, keep it close and not just when you read actually. Richard Branson always keeps a notebook with him. He says this is his secret notebook and every time his mind comes up with an idea, or reads something, or whatever, he writes it down in order not to forget it. He also writes funny things in it. “When his daughter Holly was little, he would make note of all the funny things she said, like “Daddy, Daddy, I know what sex is! And you and Mummy have done it twice,” he writes.”

-Business Insider-

5. You read, but don’t practice

It doesn’t need much explanation here. I just want to end it like that. “Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.” – Tim Ferris

Or as Ryan Holiday put it: “At some point, we must put our books aside and take action.”

Top 10 Short Notes That Can Offer You More Clarity In Life

  1. Realize fully what you can control and can’t control.

2. Don’t identify with your thoughts, emotions, perceptions or projections. Your thoughts are usually harmful, your emotions are usually too alarmed, your perceptions rarely accurate and your projections overly optimistic. Analyze them, assess. These don’t represent you, don’t let them control you. Be in control of them.

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3. Pleasure can be more harmful than pain. Think about what you feel like after eating 2 burgers. (I know it’s a lame example , but, in my case, I love burgers, so…)

4. Do you care about what other people think? You’ll be dead soon. Feeling better now?

5. Learn how to say No to things that are irrelevant, things that everybody else is doing. Not Maybe, but No, whether you really want to achieve something. – lesson learned from the bestselling author Ryan Holiday

6. Ask yourself, whenever you deal with a piece of information or whatever: What can I do with this? Is this really useful? What is this costing me? Is it just for pleasure?

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The bench of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is seen draped with black wool crepe in memoriam inside the Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 16, 2016. Scalia died on Feb. 13, 2016 at the age of 79.

7. If something can be improved, it doesn’t follow that it should be improved. Don’t get addicted to “personal development”. Focus on what really matters.

8. Only robots are productive. People are going to be good at being creative, experiencing things, asking questions and creating relationships. A robot will always be capable of working harder than you. Work smart, get creative, figure out what you can do, something that robots will never be capable of.

9. What is joy? Joy is not laughter and myriads of smiles. Joy is dealing with obstacles with great courage, being in a state of ataraxy (total calmness). That’s true joy. It”s not being cheerful in the best of times. It’s something more serious than that. – thoughts inspired from The Daily Stoic.

10. You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.

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Extra: It’s not enough to behave accordingly. You have to also think accordingly. In vain would you be kind to someone if your mind is bombarding you with a thought along the lines of this one: “what a stupid person, I wish he would die.”

What to do? Realize that our world must be filled with ignorant, impolite, mean, selfish and vices-filled people. But they are our brothers and sisters and we must care about them. We must thrive together, feeling sorry for them when they’re not behaving properly, trying to help them if they’re amenable to be helped.

By the same token, “no one is wrong on purpose. Nobody thinks they are wrong, even when they really are. They think they’re right, they’re just mistaken.” – Daily Stoic 

If they think so, they act in keeping with their mind. Do they have other choice?No. Then why get angry/upset because of their behavior?

Also, remember that you’re not perfect whatsoever and you tend to see the bad things in others more quickly than in yourself. It’s an universal human condition.

If everyone is virtuous, won’t you take for granted everything that is so? If someone is mean or selfish, feel happy becasue they’re making you stronger. It’s your choice.

Why Suffering Is Actually Beneficial

Myriads can argue that in order to be happy you need pleasure, passion and no pain, no suffering. This is something along the lines of the Epicurean Philosophy, but let’s not be intent on going off on a tangent.

1. Love the obstacle

It’s up to the individual. It’s up to you whether you render your pain capable of making you happier or unhappier. “The impediment to action advances action, what stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius

Our body and our breath are less “ours”. They are important, but we don’t control them entirely. But there’s a thing we can control entirely, and that is called “the mind”. Our mind is ours, free and clear. Let’s make sure we treat it right. – The Daily Stoic

2. Feel your Emotions, Don’t Run From Them

Chris is 12 years old. He was born poor. The majority of his classmates – all of them – make fun of him because of his pesky financial resources. He suffers a lot, weeps a lot, but Chris is a smart man. He realizes, as time goes by, that he can’t control the fact that his classmates make fun of him. Yet, he can control his reaction to their behavior. He comes to grips with the fact that in vain would he continue to suffer. Is he that weak, so uncapable of  bearing some words spoken by some ignorant humans? Is that a reason to be unhappy? At first, yes. But he eventually got used to it, overly used to it that he became indifferent.

Then his mother dies in a tragic car accident. He is devastated. However hard it may seem, again, time goes by and he realizes that he can’t control the fact that his mother is dead, but he can control his reaction to that. He doesn’t tame his emotions whatsoever, on the contrary, he feels them fully as overwhelming as it sounds. That’s the problem actually. We’re human beings and we have emotions. Accept it. Manifold people claim that a Stoic has no emotions.

 A Stoic feels his emotions with all his heart, but he is in control of them rather then letting them control him. If you have strong feelings because of something, whatever that something may be, don’t let them bake in your subconscious. It’s better to endeavor to feel them instead of running away from them. It won’t be perfect to try to feel them with all your soul, but it’s better to do that than just ignore them. You can’t run away from them, you, coward. Confront them. Even though it’s something pathetic, don’t be embarrassed. It happens to all of us. Yesterday I cared so much that I didn’t receive a message back that I had been thinking about it for 5 minutes in order not to let it bake in my subconscious. Yes, I am that weak.

3. Realize that Suffering is preposterous, your mind is stupid

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On the right side, there’s how your mind interprets the situation, and on the left side, the real situation. Your mind can’t interpret it in an objective way. Silly mind.

Well, let’s get back to Chris, which now, let’s pretend, is 30 years old. He has his own billion-dollar company, a great family and a great life. He genuinely insists that, if it wasn’t for all the suffering the life “bestowed upon him” he wouldn’t now be happy. He realized that suffering is not that suffocating, so to speak. The mind interprets it. The mind can’t conceive that, pain is not that painful until you actually feel it. Thinking about pain is more painful than actually feeling pain. The greater the pain you feel and the more you realize it’s inevitable and you can’t control it, the greater the chances are that you will be able to interpret suffering as normality.

When you regard suffering as something trivial, paradoxically essential and inevitable, you can focus on what is utterly beautiful in life. Without the benefit of actually suffer, you won’t know that suffering is more pathetic than you thought. Now when Chris is undertaking some arduous tasks within his company, even though he is stressed and miserable, it doesn’t mean that he’s unhappy.

If you suffer, it doesn’t mean you’re unhappy. It just means that the thing you are striving to do is very difficult. The danger is that, we panic too quickly and think: “Well, that’s not happiness because for a moment I am not feeling pleasure.” We think that when we feel sad, depressed  during a vast period of time, our life has gone wrong. It’s your fault if you pigeonhole this period as such. Your mind’s fault. But why not regard that period of time as something that gets you accustomed to this silly thing called pain that is not that painful? If you get used to it, it becomes mainstream. I mean, the goal is not to feel pain, but, when pain arises, inevitably, you don’t let it take control.

Life is a dance between joy and suffering. Sticking to one extreme is not healthy. Peace of mind comes from the flexibility and acceptance we have amongst these fluctuations, in this dance.

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You might argue that I am a masochist who thinks that you should be seeking for pain. You don’t want that. But it’s inevitable. It’s inevitable that you’ll suffer and feel pain. But this is also due to how your mind interprets it. If you happen to feel only pleasures for a long period of time, when the tinniest piece of pain comes into your life, your mind interprets it as something incredibly disastrous.

If I were to make a controversial wish for everyone on this planet, it would be suffering. I wish everyone would suffer, would undertake pain in their life. But, a big but, the process should be incremental. Think of that person that enjoys all the pleasures in the world, and suddenly his parents die and he gets cancer. The chances are, he’ll enter that utter state of depression.

You need something along the lines of incremental levels of pain. A little more pain every day keeps the unhappiness away, paradoxically. If you don’t experience that pain is not actually painful, you would take for granted everything that life bestows upon you and you will give too much weight to irrelevant things. You need to set up arduous habtis that can make you more resilient.

If pain is inevitable, why are we so surprised when this happens? Why would you seek only pleasure and avoid pain?

Let’s put it this way. Do you think that pleasure is always good? You’re on a diet and you’re allowed a cheat day/week. You eat everything you want, but we all know that you feel terrible after all that pizza and chocalate. Is pleasure that good? Ponder.

“It’s quite impossible to unite happiness with a yearning for what we don’t have. Happiness has all that it wants, and resembling the well-fed, there shouldn’t be hunger or thrist.” – Epictetus

Pain makes you able to see the true happiness of life. If you don’t experience suffering, pleasure will be something pathetic. You need to experience pain until you become indifferent in respect of it. Only when you become indifferent, you’ll become truly happy. That’s why we need suffering. Maybe only when we’ve been beating our head into a wall does it feel good when we stop.

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3 Underrated Things That Can Make You Happier

I wish I could go up in the Heavens and see this tiny, trivial world from above on which tinnier people strive for achieving their even tinnier, insignificant ambitions.

Everybody knows that kid who cried his eyes out because, well, he won a teddy bear, as the other kids did, but, the only paramount problem was its colour. He couldn’t appreciate the fact that he actually won a teddy bear, which is, seeing it rationally, a very good prize, but he so readily found the most insignificant reason in the world that helped him to actually see the dark side of the situation. He couldn’t accept the fact that his teddy bear was brown  and the other kids got a blue teddy bear. I was that kid actually.

What we do with our lives is that our happiness can be influenced even by something as trivial as winning a prize. Teddy bears are important though.

  1. Bad Is Stronger Than Good

“We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.” – Ben Franklin

Mind: You won the lottery?

Bob: Yes!

Mind: Yawn.

Here’s another situation.

Bob: Someone just called me fat and futureless!

Mind: Let’s cry.

We know snakes are bad because they can bite us and even kill us. So, when you’re surrounded by nature, wandering throughout a forest like a forever alone, your mind needs just 1 second (okay, maybe 2) – hearing that “sss” sound – to figure out that you have to run. So you start running like Usain Bolt.

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Unfortunately, the mind can’t notify you when something good happens. Well, it can, but it takes more time. It has no latent knowledge to tell you that quickly the fact that you just met a great girlfriend. Some people need months to figure this out. Some need centuries to figure this out. Some need… okay, you got the point.

The number one thing that renders people unhappy is nothing abstract, but an universal human condition that , funny enough, the unconscious knows about pretty well. Humans respond incredibly quickly to threats, or framing it colloquially, “bad things”, but when we have to respond to opportunities or “good things”, our mind becomes inapt. Totally inapt.

It seems that we subconsciously pigeonhole good things as something mainstream, and bad things as the paramount things within our lifespan. Our brain thinks that  the “bad things” are some kings we must look up to and venerate, whereas the “good things” are something that we totally take for granted. Not we actually, but, our mind, so to speak.

That’s why overly few people achieve great things. If we were all able to seize opportunities that well, we would have been all extremely rich and famous. But life is not a fairy tale.

  1. We Are Never Content, but always pathetically ambitious

Individuals tend to move toward good things and pull back bad things. We covet increasingly more “good things”, never being satisfied because our mind doesn’t care so much about good things. We think that we need 340349045 good things to achieve in life in order to be happy, but we don’t know that our mind just doesn’t care.

But there’s something our mind hugely cares about. Bad things. We ambitiously pull back bad things, pathetically reluctant to accept them as they really are. Your mind interprets something bad as though it was the end of the world, when in fact, if you try to see it objectively, it’s a baloney.

You have power over your mind – not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.
– Marcus Aurelius –

In real life, you don’t truly react to what someone did, but to what your mind thinks that someone did.

If you find yourself caring so much about something bad, the first step is assessing it and figure out how insignificant it actually is. Then, just think about it. Don’t run away from it. Think about that baloney until you realize it is actually a baloney. Think about it until you’re content it with. Your mind interprets something as “bad”, but it doesn’t mean that is actually bad. Your mind is not that smart. Sorry Mind.

“To take something philosophically means to accept a great misfortune without weeping or even suffering.” – The Happiness Hypothesis

  1. Meditation is Pure Gold

Myriads think that meditation can be called meditation only if it’s practiced as it is showcased in the picture above.

Not really. In order to deconstruct it, we have to remind ourselves the primary goal of meditation: taming the automatic thought processes and breaking of attachments.

Yes, It can be a workout where you just focus on what you have to do. Yes, you can focus on your breathing. Yes, you can focus on a landscape.  Yes, Anything that doesn’t involve your mind, any particular activity that involves only observation without interpretation, without your intention of judging.  Okay, that “yes” is actually irritating. Let’s take it out.

Our mind is normally always working, but bestowing upon us, 80% of the time, only harmful thoughts. As your mind produces increasingly more harmful thoughts, of course you tend to feel unhappier.

First step is realizing fully that your mind is just your mind, it’s not you. Don’t identify with it, as it can produce bad thoughts, many bad thoughts by default.

The second step is trying to tame your automatic thought processes. How you do that? Focus on something without judging it. Our mind always wants to judge, to judge and to judge. And to judge. It desires interpretation of things, often – always actually – tending to do that in a harmful way.

In a game of roulette we are more attached to losing than winning. In order to find your happiness, so to speak, you have to learn how not to be attached to both the loss and the win! When you’re not emotionally attached to the outcome, it means that you identify yourself with neither the forthcoming win nor loss. You should care about none of these. You can’t be attached to externals whether you want to feel happy. The only way to win in a game of roulette? Step off of the game. That’s when you win.

You Want Educational Stuff, But Still Click On Kim Kardashian

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All the people from the picture above care about Philosophy

The reality is that, we, people, can so readily impress upon everyone to read only philosophy, to stop procrastinating, to work hard, to exercise, to eschew the unnecessary, pathetic and lame news, to read only intellectual articles, but we often end up doing what we are totally against.

“How we live is so different from how we ought to live. “ – Niccolo Machiavelli

If I ask 500 people what they would like to see on my blog they’re going to say something along the lines of “educational stuff” ; “Ideas from great books” ; “Stoicism” ; “Strategies from Millionaires” and, ok, you got the point.

But, in reality, the majority of you would still click on that article entitled “Miley Cyrus just did something unbelievable!”.

Let’s pause. I have nothing against Miley Cyrus. She’s a great singer, is endowed with an awesome and unique voice and she has the freedom to do what she wants to do. Read until there are no letters on the page if you want to find out everything. There’s actually something interesting about Miley. Be patient. You have enough time, don’t worry.

We must come to grips with the fact that we should accept our reality rather than criticizing and casting aspersions on it overly often. Without accepting it as it really is, we lie to ourselves, believing that people are really going to click one day on “Learn 10 strategies from Einstein”.

What should we do?

Great question. Pretend that you’re like the majority of society, but in reality, do what is right. Putting it into perspective, if the president gives everything that the country wants – maximize salaries; great economic growth ; better lives –  whether the country’s mentality and work ethic remain the same, there’ll probably be little or no progress. But all the resources will be gone.

Then, there’s a war. But the president has no resources to defend because he has given everything to his people, because that’s what he promised. Or, Germany tells your country: “Hi, remember that deal we got? We want to erect a huge international project and we need your financial support.” But you have no resources for that either, because you helped your country.

Then, there’s no one to blame but the president.

That’s why they genuinely lie. They know what people want to hear. But they also know that this won’t be beneficial if it actually happens. So, they will pretend they will do what society wants, but they’ll approach the situation how it should be successfully approached. -I want to stress that this is just an example, not the exact reality- 

If I want to get more readers, I won’t put the title on my article “Stoicism – great philosophy” – although I am tempted to actually do that often. Philosophy is boring. Instead, I will name it “How To Succeed Right Away”. Or even in more extreme cases,          “Find Out 10 Insane Things About Miley Cyrus”.

To cap it all, I have no beef with Miley Cyrus whatsoever.  But, shouldn’t we ask ourselves, at least from time to time, “What Can I do with this Information?” ; “What Can I learn from this article/book/blog?”

I am sure Miley Cyrus really does things that are inspiring and by laying them bare, her attitude can provide value. But, the writers are the ones that have to reveal it. For instance, did you know that Miley Cyrus donates great amounts of money to charities? That’s a thing that should get attention, but it doesn’t. Who cares about it, correct?

Is Donald Trump A Stoic?

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Let’s make Meditations great again! It’s going to be absolutely fantastic.

I had to wrtie this one, okay? Donald Trump has to be the most controversial president of the USA from the entire history. Period! If you practice Stoic philosophy long enough, Epictetus says, you stop being mistaken about what’s good even in your dreams. Does Donald Trump know what is indeed good for his country? I would have said “the country”, but I have a vague impression that he pigeonholes the USA as his bussin…sorry, country.

The reality is that, I can’t judge Donald Trump. Anyway, the media already overdoes it.  But, I don’t know who would cast aspersions on someone who firmly endorses that, the President Trump is everything, but not a Stoic.

Complicated Problem

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Soldiers involved in the coup attempt surrender on Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 16, 2016.

If I were to scrutinize this problem – what repercussions may occur because of Donald Trump – I have absolutely no better idea how to put forward a solution. I wish I had. The political field is a highly complicated field and, paradoxically, it’s so easy to offer opinions. Everyone can give opinions. The majority of them even sounds very plausible and brilliant. I read a bunch of articles as to how Donald Trump should actually act, what the problems are, what the solutions are. They sound so simple, effective and brilliant, but, I am brimming with a skeptical attitude.

I can’t say that I am 100% against Donald Trump. I am not that important. It doesn’t affect me directly anyway, so I would have been overly glib to condemn him, taking into account that I am not even American.

I’m not his biggest fan either. I don’t know. Everybody says that it’s crystal clear he’s the worst man in the world. Is he really?

I fear a war though.

What Should You Do If You Hate Trump So Much That You Can’t Sleep?

Read his books. See what his way of thinking is like – considering that during the time when he wrote those books he was as sane as he is now. (supposing he is sane now). I don’t want to be fully against him just because of snap judgements.

I want to see what he thinks like. I want to see his ideas, his concepts. That’s why I am going to read his books  –  just 2 of them. Okay, maybe one.

A lot of people will argue that he had ghost writers. Huge chances that this statement is right. But, anyway, he is one of the most wealthiest people in the world (3,7 billion dollars now). Is he that crazy, insane, unprepared and unable to be the president?

Indeed, everyone can win in life. People can get lucky and win. People can be dishonest, unfair and win – Ryan Holiday says something along the lines of it- but not everyone becomes the best version of themselves. Yet, are you 100% sure that Donald Trump si so baleful?

Media will always reveal what the world “has to see”, not what is the sheer truth.

It’s easy to judge. Maybe he is not a so pleasant person. He, of course, has a totally different take on the world. But, I want to try to understand why he thinks like that. Don’t be against him just because he is not diplomatic or because he challenges your beliefs. He may be wrong. But find out why, profoundly.Take the snap judgements out.

*You could argue that there are no snap judgements because he has already done a lot of “terrible things”. Marcus Aurelius says hi:

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you’ll find strength. ”

 

He Doesn’t Believe in Global Warming

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When I first heard that, I felt as though someone told me the most pathetic joke ever. By the same token, I was full of anger. God bless you Eckhart Tolle.  I became more present and I realized, it is only the anger that is going to shout, not me, so to speak. I profoundly felt my anger developing inside my body, but that’s all. I didn’t identify with it, I observed it, accepted it and not let it take control.

Is Donald Trump a Stoic? No way. Best joke ever. I wish he was. But I had to catch your attention in one way or another. Sorry. Don’t sue me.

I want you to get something from this article anyway. Ryan Holiday said in an interview something fascinating. He said something along the lines of, we must come to grips with the fact that you should develop yourself the most in a period of crisis.

Consider this period like that. Assess, how can I actually benefit from this obstacle – Donald Trump changing the world? Am I going to sit here and complain, writing useless articles like the writer of this article? Or am I actually going to do something productive? Don’t let it become dead time, as Robert Greene claims. Study Stoicism. Not because I say so, but because incredible people impress this upon society. ( Tim Ferris, Ryan Holiday, Robert Greene, Donald Robertson)

Donald Trump is not a Stoic, for sure, okay? But, what about you?

By the way, watch this video. I am stil laughing.The Dutch were so clever to make up this video. It has gone viral! It’s not exclusively related to this article. But is a great form of entertainment!