The 6 Mistakes You Must Avoid To Live A Great Life

According to the great Roman lawyer, politician and philosopher Marcus Cicero.

Almost 2000 years ago in ancient Rome, a prominent lawyer, politician and philosopher by the name of Marcus Cicero penned down 6 statements in which he deemed as “the six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century”.

Despite how long ago Cicero wrote this piece of work, they are still relevant today. Hopefully, from studying these you can learn from the mistakes of our ancestors, and not make them yourself.

Here are the 6 statements.


The Six Mistakes Mankind Make Century After Century

Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others.

Many of us believe that for us to succeed, it must be at the expense of others. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The person who gets a thrill out of others failures can never accomplish anything truly great. The reality is quite the opposite, giving and caring for others will bring you nothing but good things.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens

Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected.

In one way or another, we’re all guilty of this. At some point in time, we have all worried about something we have absolutely no control over. Worrying about such things does nothing but waste our time, energy and brings our mood down. Do not stress over what you cannot change.

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” — Roy T. Bennett

Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.

This mistake is applicable to society as a whole, as well as the majority of us individually. Although some things are literally impossible, with persistence and hard work almost anything labelled as “impossible” can be overcome. Optimism is one of the most powerful traits a human can possess — combined with innovation, humanity is pushed forward.

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” — Alexander the Great

Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

Have you ever refused to eat something, because it’s not exactly how you asked for it? Ever grown irritable and snapped at someone over something insignificant?

We often worry about things that in the grand scheme of things, aren’t very important. This is a waste of energy and is damaging for yourself personally, and those around you. Learn to enjoy every moment of life, good or bad, and not take it too seriously.

“As you proceed through life, following your own path, birds will shit on you. Don’t bother to brush it off. Getting a comedic view of your situation gives you spiritual distance. Having a sense of humor saves you.” — Joseph Campbell

Neglecting development and refinement of the mind.

Many of us believe that the way we are, is how we’re always going to be. Growth is totally out of the question for the ignorant. By neglecting development and refinement of the mind you’re never letting yourself improve. We should always be trying to cultivate and grow our minds.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” — Ernest Hemingway

Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

This could include a lot of things, from trying to convince someone they should speak/dress/act differently, to on a less personal scale, where governments and cultures try to force their ways onto others.

We must recognise that our way, is not the only way and that there is always other methods of doing things. It is easy to criticise someone when you’re not in their shoes, or understand why they’re doing something.

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” —Thomas à Kempis

What is truly astonishing about these six, 2,000-year-old statements is the consistency of mankind and our actions.

You should write down these phrases and stick them somewhere important. If we regularly listen to and learn from these, we are bound to live a happier and more fulfilled life.


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