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Stoic Practice - Reflecting On Our Values
Every morning I'm reading a few pages in "How To Think Like A Roman Emperor" by Donald Robertson. So much gold.
On point: by deeply reflecting on our values each day and attempting to describe them concisely, we can develop a clearer sense of direction in life.
- What's ultimately the most important thing in life to you?
- What do you really want your life to stand for or represent?
- What do you want to be remembered for after you're dead?
- What sort of person do you most want to be in life?
- What sort of character do you want to have?
- What would you want written on your tombstone?
I have pulled so many more nuggets of wisdom from this book (including another I published a video on recently: "Imagining Being Observed"), so there will be more to come in future notes, I'm certain.
Ray Dalio on Lazy Societies
Those who become richer naturally tend to work less hard, engage in more leisurely and less productive activities, and at the extreme, become decadent and unproductive. That is especially true as generations change from those who had to be strong and work hard to achieve success to those that inherited wealth—these younger generations tend to be less strong/battle-hardened, which makes them more vulnerable to challenges. Over time people in the prosperous society tend to want and need more luxuries and more leisure and tend to get weaker and more overextended in order to get them, which makes them more vulnerable.
Ray Dalio in "Changing World Order"