“A good man will not waste himself upon mean and discreditable work or be busy merely for the sake of being busy. Neither will he, as you imagine, become so involved in ambitious schemes that he will have continually to endure their ebb and flow.” – Seneca
Today’s episode is a bite-sized morsel for your brain and for your life. This is an excerpt from my favorite writing of all-time. This letter is #22, “On the Futility of Half-way Measures.” As usual, Seneca takes a little time in his preamble to get warmed up. That is his style. He seems to enjoy feeling out the recipient of his letter before jumping into the details.
I love this letter because it addresses how we spend our time, which is one of the biggest stresses for all people, and especially entrepreneurs.
My favorite portion is:
“Hence men leave such advantages as these with reluctance.”
I encourage you to listen to this and think of ways that you can adapt Seneca’s wisdom to your own life. Enjoy!
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: How did this episode help you reconsider your current use of time and energy? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
- Start of Letter 22 – On the Futility of Half-Way Measures [5:28]
- We must withdraw from showy, depraved pursuits [5:34]
- Do not hamper yourself, be content with your current business [7:43]
- A motto for Stoicism [9:33]
- Eluding the slavery of bickering [11:33]
- Finding a way out of the trappings of wealth [12:42]
- Final words on living nobly [13:22]
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