5 ways to overcome the roadblocks in life

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Obstacles will always stand in your way. That is a part of life and always has been for us. Dating back to the beginning of Homo Sapiens, we have been confronted with obstacles that will either stop us or push us forward. Looking at how far we’ve come in a relatively short time as a species, it is because we have constantly grown from obstacles. In the span of a few hundred thousand years, we’ve created the entire civilizations that we know today. That’s not happenstance, it’s from dealing with problems head on and finding ways to change.

Obstacles are…


The Archer

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Cicero in De finibus bonorum et malorum:

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Take the case of one whose task it is to shoot a spear or arrow straight at some target. One’s ultimate aim is to do all in one’s power to shoot straight…


Be ruthless with yourself

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca and his moral letters, letter 26 from Letters on Ethics:

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“I scrutinize myself as if the time of trial were drawing near, as if that day which is to pass judgment on all my years were at hand.”

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Find your mentor

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca and his moral letters, letter 25 from Letters on Ethics:

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“Assuredly it is beneficial to set a watch on yourself and to have someone to look up to, someone who you think will make a difference in your…


The misery of the job

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca and his moral letters, letter 22 from Letters on Ethics:

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“Things people are unwilling to leave: they love the profits of misery even as they curse the miseries themselves.”

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The world entices us with promises of things such…


It’s on you

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca and his moral letters, letter 21 from Letters on Ethics:

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“Your business is most of all with yourself: it is you that are the problem. You don’t know what you want. …


A release or an end

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Seneca and his moral letters, letter 24 from Letters on Ethics:

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“Death either consumes us or sets us free. If we are released, then better things await us once our burden is removed; if we are consumed, then nothing…


On Reason

Our minds

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.26:

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“What links one human being to all humans: not blood, or birth, but mind.”

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We’re different from animals as we possess conscious awareness and the ability to use reason and logic upon command.

In the…


Your Role

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Epictetus, Enchiridion, entry 37:

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“If you undertake a role which is beyond your powers, you both disgrace yourself in that one, and at the same time neglect the role which you might have filled with success.”

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Held within Stoic…


How to Act

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The beautiful thing about Stoic philosophy is the advice contained within it is just as applicable today as it was when it was first written all those many years ago. We can learn a great deal from interpreting the advice provided and using it to our advantage as we go throughout our own lives.

Today’s quote comes to us courtesy of Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 3.5:

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“How to act:

Never under compulsion, out of selfishness, without forethought, with misgivings.

Don’t gussy up your thoughts. No surplus words or unnecessary actions.

Let the spirit in you represent a man, an adult, a…

The Stoic Within

The art of living a virtuous life.

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