Words to live by.
A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it. Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don’t feel like I’m wasting much of my time. I feel unusually prepared to do difficult things.
It was a short personal essay by Elif Batuman, about how reading Epictetus helped her through a strained relationship, political turmoil in her country of residence, and other messy or insoluble worldly concerns.
Tons of great, actionable tips in this article.
Derek Sivers on setting things in perspective:
I’ve met a lot of famous musicians.
The miserable ones were upset they weren’t more famous, bitterly comparing themselves to the superstars.
The happiest ones were thrilled to be able to make a living making music.