The following is a short book preview contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman, New York: Penguin Random House LLC (2016)
“Today, you won’t control the external events that happen. Is that scary? A little, but it’s balanced when we see that we can control our opinion about those events. You decide whether they’re good or bad, whether they’re fair or unfair. You don’t control the situation, but you control what you think about it.
See how that works? Every single thing that is outside of your control – the outside world, other people, luck, karma, whatever – still presents a corresponding area that is in your control. This alone gives us plenty to manage, plenty of power.
Best of all, an honest understanding of what is within our control provides real clarify about the world: all we have is our own mind. Remember that today when you try to extend your reach outward – that it’s much better and more appropriately directed inward (p. 57).”
The Daily Stoic is available from the OSU Leadership Center.
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