Andrew Perlot: “A few years after adopting this mindset, my problems had mostly sorted themselves out. I was no longer obese, my colitis had gone away, and I was suddenly a lot happier. The solutions had just become obvious.”
I found the solution I needed while snooping through an 1820 year-old journal.
It was a kind of operating system for my brain, and after I’d adopted it, my health and emotional problems more or less sorted themselves out over the course of a few years.
I’m talking about stoicism, which I was accidentally introduced to at age 16 due to my interest in Greco-Roman history and culture.
In today’s podcast, I talk about the first three stoic insights I got from reading Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, how they had an immediate impact on me, and why they’ve stayed with me more than 16 years later.
I talk about:
- How messed up 16-year-old me was, and how I ended up finding solutions in the journal of a long-dead Roman emperor
- Why Marcus was so unusual among ancient monarchs
- The insight Marcus gave me about “having it all,” vs “being disadvantaged.”
- A key stoic idea Marcus keeps repeating about controlling your emotions and staying away from negative thinking.
- The line from Marcus that got me to stop caring more about what others thought of me than what I thought of myself.
If you’re not interested in the whole interview, you can skip around to the specific topics you’d care to hear about with the show notes list below.
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Selected Links From The Episode
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- The book being discussed: Meditations
- Andrew’s article going into detail about his first three lessons from Marcus Aurelius.
3:14 – My health and depression problems at age 16
5:26 – Who was Marcus Aurelius
6:17 – How Marcus’s book was a lot different than what was written by other ancient rulers
9:36 – What happened when I first picked up meditations
10:20 – The three points I took away from Marcus’s book
11:17 – Concept One: “Having It All” Vs “Having Nothing” And Still Being Happy
14:56 – The importance of controlling what thoughts you let yourself think for optimal happiness
15:46 – Concept Two: Why being the the best version of yourself is way more critical than achieving goals when it comes to a quality life.
19:48 – What happened when I put concept two into effect in my life.
22:57 – Concept Three: Why society shouldn’t be your bellwether