“Prove your words by your deeds.” – Seneca the Younger
My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers and tease out their routines and habits you can use.
But in this in-betweenisode, I present some short nuggets of practical, tactical philosophy about practicing what you preach.
This is a letter from Stoic heavyweight Seneca the Younger — who lived a mere 2,000 years or so ago — to his friend Lucilius. It’s from a collection of letters that comprise, effectively, my favorite book of all time. I’ve read it dozens of times, and I loved it so much that I turned it into The Tao of Seneca, a three-volume set of audiobooks. If you prefer a written version of the Tao of Seneca, you can find it here for free.
This is a letter you’ve not heard on the podcast before; it’s worth the listen just for the definition of wisdom, incredible quotes from Epicurus, and discussion of having riches without riches having you.
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Want to hear another segment from The Tao of Seneca? — Listen to How to Avoid the Busy Trap. In this episode, I dig deeper into useful philosophy and how we think of riches (stream below or right-click here to download):
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Free eBook — The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master
- Audiobook: The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master
- The Moral Letters to Lucilius
- Letter 20: On Practicing What You Preach [04:11]
- Prove your words by your deeds. [04:32]
- Philosophy teaches us to act, not to speak. [05:04]
- The highest duty and the highest proof of wisdom. [05:21]
- The philosopher may not always be able to keep the same pace, but he can always travel the same path. [05:46]
- Are your words and deeds in accord? Here are ways to tell (and why it matters). [05:54]
- What is wisdom? [06:56]
- What can be learned by the bounty of poverty? [07:44]
- It means much not to be spoiled by intimacy with riches. [09:29]
- The mark of a noble spirit. [10:35]
- The merits of practicing poverty. [11:01]
Posted on: September 14, 2016.
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