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Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in | Kai Whiting, Leonidas Konstantakos
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According to ancient Eastern thinking, to live a fulfilling life, you must do three

things: have a son, write a book and plant a tree. By doing so, the thinking goes,

you will have three legacies that will live on long after you die.

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First, he advises, a walk should never have a specific purpose. Rather
than having a destination, you should simply immerse yourself in the beauty of

the walk itself. Second, you must never take your worries with you on the walk.
Leave them at home, for if you don‘t, they will become even more deeply rooted
in your mind by the end of the walk. And finally, be fully aware. Train yourself
to pay complete attention to the sights, sounds and smells.

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“God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the

things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be

changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.”

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It's not what you are that is holding

you back in life. It‘s what you think you‘re not. It is what is going on in your

inner world that is preventing you from having all that you want. And the

moment you fully understand this insight and set about ridding your mind of all

its limiting thoughts, you will see almost immediate improvements in your

personal circumstances.

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As Seneca observed, “It is not

because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that

they are difficult.”

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The British statesman Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Nurture your mind with

great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.”

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“fake it till you make it.” In other

words, you can pretend to be the kind of person you wish to be. By consistently

acting as a highly enthusiastic person might or as a truly confident person would,

you will eventually take on these personal attributes.

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Strive for less time in bed but a richer, deeper sleep.Understand that fatigue is often a mental creation that stems from doing things
you do not like to do. And remember Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s wise

words:
The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight

But they, while their companions slept,

Were toiling upward in the night.

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“How much have you heard in the last twenty-four hours that you

couldn‘t do without?” He then added with a smile, “A man who has to shout can
never tell a lie.” But what I remember the most about this special man was his

rare ability to thrive on only four hours of sleep. “Sleep is like a drug,” he

explained. “Take too much at a time and it makes you dopey. You lose time,

vitality and opportunities.”