This article discusses the challenges governments face in adapting to remote work and location independent professionals, advocating for flexible legislation that aligns with the modern, borderless nature of work.
A Daily Haiku inspired by the soundtrack of "Drowning by numbers".
A Daily Haiku about silence and noise. Inspired by John Cage.
The Daily Haiku for May 5, inspired by one of the most famous songs ever written by John Lennon.
A Daily Haiku about trying to do the right thing and ending up doing something wrong.
A Daily Haiku inspired in the power of simple sentences such as "All you need is love".
A Daily Haiku inspired by a famous quote by my favorite composer, Arvo Pärt.
The first Daily Haiku devoted to music, in this case inspired by the lyrics of "No Surprises", by Radiohead.
The last Daily Haiku devoted to freedom, a statement about choosing freedom over security, and why there's no good or bad choice.
A Daily Haiku on the costs of freedom and separating from the things we love.
The closing Daily Haiku of a trilogy devoted to people who live in the future, past, and (today's haiku) the present.
Today's Daily Haiku follows the theme of yesterday's one: people living in the past, present or future. This time, the haiku is devoted to people living in the future... Am I one of them? Perhaps many entrepreneurs are...
Living in the past, present, or future? Today's Daily Haiku is devoted to the first group.
The Daily Haiku for April 25. Freedom means you get to choose. Stop autoplay. Take control.
A cautionary tale about the power of words and why we banned the word "impossible" in our company.
A Daily Haiku experimenting with chaining sentences together, and based on the concept of enjoying your freedom, and living your days as if they were the last ones.
The Daily Haiku for April 22. Birds sing without knowing it. We have forgotten.
Sometimes it is ok to not have all the answer, to fail, to feel tired or simple not great.
A Daily Haiku inspired in the concept of ignorance as a positive way of reaching freedom from all those things that take so much time and energy from us.
Some reflections about individual freedom and the control of our societies for today's Daily Haiku.
A Daily Haiku about taking ownership of our own decisions, learning, changing, and not being sorry for the mistakes we make.
A Daily Haiku inspired by the concept of time and freedom, and how sometimes we wait for too long.
The last installment of the Daily Haiku mini-series devoted to freedom through entrepreneurship and inspired by the Moody Blues song "House of Four Doors".
The sixth installment of the mini-series of Daily Haikus devoted to freedom through entrepreneurship. The sixth door.
The fifth Daily Haiku based on the concept of entrepreneurship as a journey to freedom, and inspired by "House of Four Doors" by the Moody Blues. The fifth door.
The fourth Daily Haiku devoted to the journey to freedom of entrepreneurship, inspired by "House of Four Doors" of The Moody Blues.
The third Daily Haiku inspired by the song House Of Four Doors by the Moody Blues. The Third Door.
The Second Door, a second Daily Haiku inspired by the song "House of four doors" to make an allegory of our journey toward freedom.
The First Door. The first Daily Haiku inspired by the Moody Blues song House of Four Doors. A journey toward freedom.
A Daily Haiku discussing individualism and state reliance in different cultures.
Today's Daily Haiku is a reflection on how content-generation AI algorithms may mean the beginning of the end of human creativity.
A Daily Haiku inspired by how Latvians kept their traditions, language, and history alive througout the Russian occupation thanks to their songs.
A reflection on how freedom requires hard work.
A Daily Haiku that discusses freedom as a subtle feeling as opposed to a grand, unlimited concept.
Today's Daily Haiku conveys a message of hope. We can always choose and change, even when everything falls apart and we only see darkness.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by birds being free without any special effort. They are just free.
A Daily Haiku discussing the meaning of the word freedom.
The first Daily Haiku of April, month devoted to freedom, sets the tone for the whole month.
Wrapping up the Daily Haiku month devoted to the future. Tomorrow is the beginning of a new month.
A Daily Haiku based on the concept that once we take the decision to change our life, once we fly... We will never come back, not at least the same way.
Today's Daily Haiku reflects on the impact of AI algorithms and tools such as ChatGPT in our future.
Today's Daily Haiku proposes an optimist approach to the future. Excitement about the possibilities instead of fear about the uknown.
A daily haiku about the destiny, and the paths yet to be tread...
Today's Daily Haiku is a self-reminder to don't wait for too long for the things that need to be said, or done.
Today's Daily Haiku is a call to action for those who want to change something but think they are too old to do it now.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired on how getting older affects you when you still think of yourself as a young person.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by a beautiful concept, a pair of magical glasses to see the world under a different light.
Today's Daily Haiku. A cautionary tale about waiting for too long to do what we dream about.
The Daily Haiku for Feb 21. Take the steering wheel.
The Daily Haiku. My points of view on how to be an steady ship in a stormy sea as an analogy of the financial and tech markets today. Perhaps even grow or improve your business, your product or even your results.
A Daily Haiku about how relationships matter regardless of who we are these people.
Life has shown me that we have to take every opportunity to go out there and enjoy every day. Even if you don't feel like it or it does not seem it's going to be the perfectly sunny day... You have to make it happen.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by the deceptive illusion of the future, thinking that there is something that's going to happen, either good or bad, that is somehow predestined.
A Daily Haiku to encourage all the hustlers out there. Keep on fighting. Keep going on!
The Daily Haiku of March 15 is inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and what we could achieve if we all came together to change things in a different way.
My thoughts on what being out of the system means for today's Daily Haiku.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by John Lennon's Imagine. A song asking us to imagine a world without religion, heaven, hell, countries, or even possessions.
A question nomads and entrepreneurs get asked often... Are you scared of the future?
Dealing with writer's block inspired today's Daily Haiku. Ironic, isn't it? :)
The world is becoming more global, and I want to believe, more equal, and I strongly believe that's the right direction.
Is history a pendulum? Are we doomed to stay always in a precarious equilibrium between two clashing groups? Today's Daily Haiku tries to answer this question.
We all yearn for a better future, and many of us work hard to get there. But how much longing is a tad too much?
A call to action for all of us, but especially entrepreneurs in developed countries, to do something to fight against climate change. Today.
Change is scary, but most of the times, it is something positive and, I would dare to say, sometimes, it is a necessity.
Sometimes we spend too much time thinking about the consequences of our actions. I think we do that because we are scared of impermanence, of change, of starting anew, and of the unknown.
If you've ever spent a summer night looking at a starred sky, you know the most beautiful moments are also the simplest ones.
One of the small but super important details that makes my life better after I quit my corporate job is being able to prepare a proper breakfast every day. Why is this so important?
After enjoying life without a car for years, I was shocked to find out there are actually people out there, fed by conspiracy theories, protesting against a concept I find fascinating, 15-minute cities.
The first Daily Haiku of March, devoted to wish and hopes for the future, starts with the subject of time.
The last Daily Haiku of February, the last one devoted to childhood, aptly narrates the end of infancy and the beginning of adulthood.
Gone are the days when my whole family gathered together around a table full of delicious Christmas dishes. I'm now the aunt, not a kid anymore, but that's not only OK, it is probably even more joyful.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by another memory: fishing with my mom at the concrete blocks of the pier when I was little.
The inspiration behind today's Daily Haiku is the different perceptions of time we have as children and as adults.
Nina Simone sang... "What good is the past, once upon a time?". I've always tried to keep the scarce memories I've got from my childhood... But are those really so important for the person I am today?
Even though I train 4-5 times per week now at the gym, I was never good at sports when I was a kid. Today's Daily Haiku reflects on that.
The Daily Haiku of the day is based on an old memory of a night lamp (shaped like a sun) I would use as a little child to dispel the darkness of the night.
Today's Daily Haiku tells a story of my favorite cartoon series when I was a kid, and how revealing it was for me when I understood I had a crush on one of the characters I wasn't supposed to have a crush on.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by a memory of a safe place, a garden by the church where I used to spend the afternoons playing up and down an old stone slide and laying below a carob tree.
The Daily Haiku for Feb 19 is inspired by the rush of the fishermen market at Mazarrón's port.
A Daily Haiku about the decisions we take in life, and how we must live the present moment and take action instead of simply yearning for the return of those happier moments.
Last Friday, I was interviewed live on a national television program. I talked about the e-Residency Program and running a business online in Estonia, and had to put up with the closed-minded comments typical of the most reactionary part of the Spanish society.
Mis reflexiones sobre la cuota de autónomo y como falsamente se equipara con el estado de bienestar en España, tras una entrevista en la 1 de RTVE.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by our daily trips to school and back home, usually taking up to two hours a day. Sometimes dull, sometimes quite enjoyable, listening to our mom's old tapes.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by my first band, and the friends I made while we explored a new world together.
A Daily Haiku based on a memory from my childhood. Drawing eyed-pyramids when I got bored at school.
Today's Daily Haiku discusses the process of trying to fit in we all go through during our childhood, and poses a question about what's the desirable outcome: to fit in, or to end up being yourself? Are both things compatible?
Today's Daily Haiku is devoted to my father, Pencho.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by one of my few childhood memories, the fall of Berlin's Wall.
Corny as it may seems, it wouldn't be fair to spend February writing haikus inspired by my childhood without devoting one to my mother.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by a visit to my father's mother when I was a kid. Her death later in my life had also a big influence in me.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by one of my earliest memories, reading horror stories with a flashlight in hand under the bed sheets at night.
All of us walk different paths during our childhood, and the one we go through has an undeniable influence on the person we become when we grow older, but they don't define us completely or forever.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by a very special dog we had when I was little. Tron.
A Daily Haiku inspired by one of the most beautiful memories I have from my childhood, Mazarrón in winter, the clouds piled up like mountains and the grey ocean.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by my sister, and the special friendship we had when we were little.
Today's Daily Haiku poses an interesting question. Are we predestined to discover the stuff we are naturally connected to, or is it a matter of luck and we may never find them?
The Daily Haiku of Feb 3 is inspired by a happy memory of a day at the beach with my family. Sometimes we just need to bring back one of these beautiful, positive moments and remind ourselves of our ability to build new memories like those.
Today's Daily Haiku is devoted to my grandpa. He died of cancer when he was still quite young, and his death had a devastating effect on me and my family.
The Daily Haiku of Feb 1 starts a month of haikus devoted to nostalgia, our childhood days. Hope you'll enjoy it.
The last Daily Haiku of January explores raw emotion. Tomorrow I will start a month with haikus devoted to childhood. Hope you will enjoy it.
Today's Daily Haiku reflects on how business and startup owners find it hard sometimes to stop and let go things, but how important it is to try.
Today's Daily Haiku. A depiction of a city as a forest of asfalt, concrete, and cement.
Today's Daily Haiku is devoted to the small decisions we take every day which, I argue, make us who we are.
This morning I was greeted by this beautiful view that inspired the Daily Haiku of the day.
Today's Daily Haiku started as a lullaby for cloudy days and ended up being a manifesto against the mainstream culture :).
The Daily Haiku of today is inspired by that beauty we used to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch all around us when we were children.
The Daily Haiku of Jan 24. Restless. Restless, down below, stars shining, waters glowing, the moon, always sad. I was not sure I would be able to finish today's Daily Haiku, but I was finally able to do it, even though technically it's Jan 25 already. There's something about the
After a not-so-nice weekend, working non-stop, exhausted and fed up, the Daily Haiku of today is a way of catharsis for my current feelings.
Sometimes all it takes is a little walk, a warm, gentle breeze, or the last rays of the sunset, to cheer you up.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by the disctinction between temporary emotions and how we "feel", as commonly mentioned in Stoicism or Bhuddism.
The Daily Haiku for Jan 20 is inspired by complete opposites. Though they shouldn't, they sometimes coexist in our daily lives.
The Daily Haiku of today is inspired by dogmas, and how people expect you to fit into their social stereotypes.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired by the sunlight touching the Lisbon 25 de April bridge at dawn.
Today's Daily Haiku is an exploration of how the flow and rhythm of emotions can vary in something as minimalist as a haiku poem.
In today's Daily Haiku, I wanted to experiment with breaking sentences and breathing between the sentences.
Today I went on a hike with a local LGBTQ hiking group here in Lisbon, and being unable to focus in the conversation or the nature in front of me inspired this haiku.
Today is a grey day in Lisbon. The clouds cover the sky and seem to move fast, clashing, fighting, kissing each other. An inspiring view for the Daily Haiku of the day.
This Friday was unusually quiet, and I went to the library and it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. That inspired the Daily Haiku of today.
Today's Daily Haiku is inspired again by music, in this case, by the music of Kronos Quartet performing Philip Glass string quartets.
Today's Haiku is inspired by the concept of impermanence in Bhuddism and the changes out of our area of control of Stoicism.
Today's Haiku of the day is inspired by Steve Reich's piece "Different Trains" (played by the Kronos Quartet).
The Daily Haiku for Jan 9 is devoted to Rijeka. Rijeka is a beautiful, relaxing Mediterranean city with amazing sunsets.
The Daily Haiku for Jan 8. Growing Old. A reflection about time, age, and not agreeing what I suppose I should be doing, thinking, or doing.
I spent most of the pandemic in Sofia. It was one of the most precious, beautiful periods of my life. And I miss it so much.
Today's my birthday, and reflecting on the insignificance of my life in the scheme of things brought some inspiration for the daily Haiku.
Sometimes meditation or mindfulness is not enough to free your mind from thoughts that clatter it, so you have no choice but physically escaping the oppressive room in the hopes of finding solace outside.
The inspiration from this Haiku comes from the death of a loved one. The graveyard where his remains lie was full of roses and lilacs when I was a kid. But I can't almost remember anything else now.
This is a simpler, more relaxed, and less ambitious Haiku. A simple celebration of a peaceful, dark, and cozy night.
There is a lot going on in this short Haiku from an emotional point of view. The Eastern wind is a reference to that part of my life that is tied to the East, specially the Eastern Europe, but also the East in general.
This year, I have decided to start a new daily post series, the Daily Haiku, featuring one daily Haiku poem every day.
All entrepreneurs and business owners experience anxiety at some point during their journey. In this post, I talk openly about my experience learning to identify and combat anxiety.
Next week, I will be traveling to Madrid to speak at the Demo Day of the 22nd edition of the Tetuan Valley incubator. I am so honored and excited to be speaking at that event. Our entrepreneurial journey started precisely at Tetuan Valley, seven years ago. Back then, Ignacio and
If it seems like the blog looks different, it's because it is different. I migrated to Ghost, and couldn't be happier. Why? Find out in this post!
While reading “The Satanic Verses”, by Salman Rushdie, this passage resonated a lot with me. After reading it, I just thought “that’s me”. I am by nature an inward man, he said silently into the disconnected phone. I have struggled, in my fashion, to find my way towards an
There are many articles out there claiming to show how to install MongoDB on Android that start with: “Step one, open a MongoDB account. Step two, use this code to connect to the remote server”. So basically, their way of “installing” MongoDB on Android is running a mongo instance using
I’m done with co-working spaces. I have found an alternative that is not only free but much better for getting stuff done. Want to know what are those places? Keep on reading… What’s wrong with co-working spaces? I have been working in co-working spaces for the last seven
The resources that a government offers to its citizens can make a huge difference in their daily lives. In this post, I describe how a process that cost us 2 days of work and almost 200 euros in Spain can be done online in 5 minutes in Estonia, and it’
When the COO of this story parted ways with our company. I was relieved to see this person go. I learned the hard way that choosing the wrong COO can ruin your business. Immediately after they left, I had to take control of the operations again to repair all the
Some weeks ago, Todd from Canada kindly bought me three coffees and made me a very interesting question about my views on Stoicism. Did the pandemic change your views or do you look back at ur comments and still agree with what you originally wrote? The pandemic has changed us
After being frustrated trying to use the iPad Pro as a serious working device for years, I sold it and bought an Android tablet. Surprisingly, I found out it was better than the iPad Pro for many things, including coding. Is developing on an Android tablet possible? Let’s find
I’ve always hated stereotypes. Maybe because I never fit in during my childhood and adolescence. I’m not saying here I was a rebel or an outcast. On the contrary, those are usually the worst (and lamest) stereotypes you can find. However, stereotypes follow us wherever we go. They
Yesterday when I came back from the gym, I had to get off my bike and remove some of these e-scooters you see in the picture. They were literally blocking the way (and taking the bike up and down the bridge is difficult enough as it is). That made me
“Microblogging pills” (MBP) are short posts containing random thoughts that cross my mind. Without necessarily any context or story behind them, raw and unedited. Tomorrow is Monday. The beginning of another week. When I was an employee, before quitting my 9 to 5 job, I hated Sunday afternoons. I would
After a long and dark winter in Estonia, with a lot of work and quite a high level of stress, we moved to Lisbon looking for a warmer place and a change of scenery to help us keep our sanity. We needed sunlight, good food, and a more laid-back place
The way in which you design the processes of your company can have a huge impact on your organization. Every business has to deal with good and bad customers. You don’t need me to elaborate on that. The good ones are the ones who happily pay for your services,
This year I attended EU-Startups Summit for the first time. The 2022 edition of this young but quite ambitious conference took place in Barcelona in May (a couple of days ago). During the conference, I lived some very interesting experiences and got back home with some important takeaways that may
This week we traveled to Barcelona for the EU-Startups Summit. It’s a small and relatively new conference that takes place in Barcelona in May. After attending much bigger events such as Web Summit, Slush, or Latitude 59, this summit looks smaller and more localized by comparison. Still, it was
“Microblogging pills” (MBP) are short posts containing random thoughts that cross my mind. Without necessarily any context or story behind them, raw and unedited. When I was a teenager, I was a lot into RPG games. My friends and I used to gather during the weekends in one of our
Most startups, especially at the beginning, fail to pay attention to KPIs. As I explain in this article, that’s a mistake. Measuring your KPIs, especially the KPIs that matter, is critical for the success of your startup later, even if you don’t think it’s relevant at the
There are many reviews of Mintos VS Peerberry (and others) written out there, but most of them seem to be written by algorithms or P2P review sites, not real users (or even people). Hence, I decided to write my own review. I will write about them from a personal point
When you are launching a new startup, measuring your KPIs does not seem like a priority. You probably don’t have customers, revenue, a team, or even a product yet, just an MVP. So why bother? Here, I explain why it is important to measure everything from the first day
A week ago, Micropreneur Life turned 5. Happy birthday, ML! It’s been five amazing years. This blog has been changing and evolving with me. It has been the witness and confessor of these five intense years. I have laughed, cried, and shared my story here with you. Both for
Almost twenty years ago, I was beaten by three guys close to my house in Murcia, Spain. I put up a good fight, but they were three. The reason? They saw me holding hands with another guy. Years later, one of these gentlemen came out of the closet. He was
Yesterday I attended a massive protest in the Freedom Square, Tallinn, in support of Ukraine. I’ve never seen so many people together in Estonia in my life. Thousands of people gathered to demand Putin to stop the war. Earlier that morning, while going to our offices by tram, a
Finally! After a second visit to Lithuania, I have my e-Residency card. I am officially the 79th e-resident of Lithuania. In this post, I describe my second visit to the Baltic country to get the card, how to install and configure it, and what you can do with it. Ready?
During the last five months, I have been buying flights to different places like Billund, Stockholm, Malmo, or Gothenburg. I didn’t take any of those flights, and I didn’t plan on doing it when I bought them. So why did I buy them? Well, Tallinn’s airport is
“Microblogging pills” (MBP) are short posts containing random thoughts that cross my mind. Without necessarily any context or story behind them, raw and unedited. In the first week of January, my husband and I were on vacation. After months of enduring the dark Estonian winter, we needed some sunlight. We
“Microblogging pills” (MBP) are short posts containing random thoughts that cross my mind. Without necessarily any context or story behind them, raw and unedited. One of my friends does not want kids. She doesn’t even want to get married. There’s no specific reason for that, or more specifically,
I just read an article on CNN on how social media have turned us all into professional pretenders, broadcasting a fake image of happiness and perfection to our friends, family members, and colleagues. This also affects our professional lives. We need to show we are so fulfilled and happy with
It’s been a busy quarter. We moved to Estonia to reorganize my company, changed offices, and actively started fundraising our series A round. The latter involves attending startup and tech events, looking for investors, networking, and connections. In October we went to Lisbon for the Web Summit and, in
Spotify and similar platforms have changed the way we listen to music. Albums are culturally dead. The playlist is king. That means people don’t usually choose or even know what they are listening to. It’s something that’s playing in the background, curated by an algorithm whose selections
Web Summit is an intense experience, to say the least. As a startup founder, it may be certainly daunting. There is just so much to do there, so many people to talk to, investor meetings, Startup Pitch and Startup Showcase events… It’s important to stay focused and know your
We came back from Lisbon yesterday. It’s been five very intense days at Web Summit. I was there with my husband (who happens to be the CMO and co-founder of our business) as BETA startup attendees for Companio. We are actively fundraising right now (looking for our series A
Recently I attended the premiere of the new Dune film. As a die-hard fan of the novel (I have read the whole saga twice, and I think only Foundation, by Isaac Asimov, can compare to it), and an admirer of the atmosphere of the 80’s movie, I was skeptic,
I recently arrived in Tallinn to spend here a considerable amount of time. 2021 has been a fantastic year so far (albeit a quite stressful one). The company has grown considerably, and so my team, distributed around the world. The heart of the company, however, is in Tallinn, as couldn’
My company was born as a pure, unadulterated remote company. All the team works remotely right now, and it has been like that since I hired my first employee while recovering from a serious infection in Latvia. Since the beginning, also, my employees enjoy flexible working hours. As we are
After a long period of inactivity due to the COVID pandemic, we have started to travel again. Antalya, on the south coast of Turkey, has been our destination of choice. We spent there the whole month of July. So is Antalya a good spot for digital nomads? Well, let’s
As you know, I applied to become a Lithuanian e-Resident recently. The e-Residency program of Lithuania is not as polished as its Estonian counterpart yet, but I consider myself an early adopter of these initiatives. The process is still not completely intuitive, and there are some rough edges to polish.
Disclaimer: this is a very raw and opinionated post, and I use very explicit language. If you don’t like to hear about LGBTQIA stuff, sexual education/orientation topics, or faint on the idea of a kid being taught about gender identities and sexual orientations, you may want to skip
I just became a Lithuanian e-Resident. For those of you who still don’t know about it, Lithuania launched a program similar to Estonian’s digital nation. It was approved on January 2021, but the application process was not open until June 21. After the pioneering program from Estonia proved
Welcome to the third (and final!) part of the post series “Why losing 130,000€ made me the happiest man alive”! For those of you who missed the first and second parts, in these articles I describe how I amended the biggest mistake of my youth (buying a house). I
I try to avoid reading the news from Spain. Since I left, I have the feeling that my country is at a perpetual standstill. The same political quarrels, the same old arguments, the same stale stories, Isabel Pantoja, Catalonia, Lefts and Rights. Nothing really changes. Today, however, I made an
Welcome to the second part of the post series “Why losing 130,000€ made me the happiest man alive”! For those of you who missed the first part, in these articles I describe how I amended the biggest mistake of my youth (buying a house). Cue the dramatic intro music…
Finally, I was able to get rid of my house and the associated mortgage and account in Spain. I’m a free man now. However, this catharsis has come at a price. Concretely, 130,000€. That’s the money I’ve lost, all things considered, as a result of buying
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I have never been a huge fan of the classical startup scene. Recently I did a lot of research about other startup models, such as the Zebra movement, the Responsible Startup trend, and the post-growth philosophy. Models based on sustainability and
Disclaimer: if you are from Bulgaria, I hope you read this blog post with an open mind. Otherwise, if you have strong nationalist feelings, you may want to skip it. It’s not my goal to make anybody feel bad. Today we visited the Bulgarian National History Museum. It’s
Democracy is the illusion that queens and kings don’t exist anymore. It’s the fallacy of thinking that by owning an iPhone, receiving a monthly paycheck, and choosing who’s gonna rule your life for the next four years, you get to decide. That we are all equal. That
Today is the fourth anniversary of Micropreneur Life! 🥳 I actually had to check because I could not believe it’s been four years already since I started writing on this blog. Four years ago, I clicked on the “Publish” button of that first post. Back then, I didn’t know
There’s a myriad of blog posts, articles, books, videos, and courses devoted to teaching you how to measure your traffic, audience, and conversions through analytics and tracking cookies. Today, I want to propose to you the exact opposite, de-tracking your website (in the absence of a better term). This
At the turn of the century, James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg published “The Sovereign Individual“. That book predicted a future where, thanks to technology, individuals will have enough power to break free from the dependence of their nation-states. The Sovereign Individual accurately predicted many of the breakthroughs of the
Recent events have made me think about the organizational structure of my business. When one discusses organizational schemes within organizations, there seems to be a clear distinction between startups and big corporations. The former are supposed to be flat structures, composed of a handful of members sticking together by virtue
Three months ago, I was considering the possibility of adding video content to Micropreneur Life. After weighing all the technical aspects (is the camera of the phone good enough? Do I need a mic or a stand?), I decided I needed an animated version of the logo to show at
The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to travel (even more) slowly and stay in Bulgaria for longer than we initially planned. The positive side of this standstill is that it allowed us to know Bulgaria better and live in different places. Apart from Sofia, we have visited Plovdiv, Sozopol, and Burgas,
In February 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 didn’t seem like a real threat in many European countries. It was something worrisome, or even scary, but it was happening mainly in China. We were in Zagreb, Croatia at the time, and three cases have been detected in the whole country. Back then,
Finally, after months and months of writing, correcting, editing, and struggling to make sense of Amazon KDP, I have finally published Less, my latest book! About writing “Less” Writing Less has been a completely different experience from my previous book, The e-Residency Program of Estonia. While the latter was mainly
Today’s January 1, 2021. Happy new year! 🥳 As you may know, I put the blog on hiatus while I was writing my second book, Less. Yesterday, the last day of the year, I finally completed the writing stage, so I decided to continue the tradition of writing one post
It’s been a long time since I wrote my last article (almost a month), and I am going to stay quiet for some more time, as I am focusing on writing my second book: “The decluttering project”. The book proposes a different way of living. A simpler, more focused,
Featured image by Junia Mortimer. I remember thinking, back in my teenage days, about robotization. The first robotic arms had appeared, and with them, the replacement of the first low qualified jobs in some factories. It was the mid-nineties, and the public debate on whether robots would take people’s
Growing a business is an exciting adventure. You learn something new every day. There is a lot of room for experimentation, and nothing is more rewarding than trying a new strategy, or launching a new product, and seeing how it positively impacts sales or makes your customers a lot happier.
Yesterday, I sold my iPad Pro for good. I am not going to buy another one anytime soon. From now on, I will stick to my good old MacBook Pro for everything, from coding to writing, from designing to blogging. If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been
Yesterday, my husband and I were headed to South Park in Sofia, Bulgaria, for a picnic afternoon. To get there, we always pass through the Lovers Bridge, close to the National Palace of Culture. They do frequent exhibitions on that bridge, from art to science. To our surprise, yesterday’s
This summer, for the first time in two years, I took two weeks off work. I needed them. Fortunately, my business is now in a better place than it was two years ago. I have a strong team in place I can rely on, so I left my laptop at
We just came back from our two-week summer holidays. First ones in two years. We visited the coast of Bulgaria, mainly the Burgas and Nessebar areas. It has been a gratifying experience I will write about soon here on Micropreneur Life. As there was nothing in the fridge, I went
I consider myself a digital nomad. I have no problem with this tag. However, much like Low did with the genre they pioneered, slowcore, most true digital nomads I know repudiate that label. Why? Because the term has been abused to the point that it’s now associated with a
We’ve spent the last three months in Sofia, Bulgaria, and we are going to be here until November at least. The city may as well be one of the best spots in Europe for digital nomads, expats, and slow travelers. In this post, I share our experience living and
I have never been good at dealing with customers. That’s a bad thing when you run a business. Traditionally, the main two reasons for this have been an humongous ego and a total lack of empathy (I am an ENTJ after all… but I don’t believe in any
Have you ever had a period of turmoil that led to a climax that changed everything for you? Today is that day for me. Usually, such days are only able to be identified when we connect the dots years later, as Steve Jobs said. But I know, as certain as
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. I don’t need to elaborate on that. It is an unprecedented episode in human history that, though unfortunate, should allow us to learn some lessons, especially in western countries. The lockdowns, the way our lives have changed, the “new normal”
Everything is going to change after the coronavirus pandemic… Your business should too. And fast. The world we live in, our societies, our economies, ourselves… Nothing is going to be the same. Besides the terrible toll of lives and the psychological damage of confinement and losing friends and family member,
Yesterday was the anniversary of Micropreneur Life. Three years. Happy birthday! So much has happened during these three years. My life has changed completely, and I owe it all to this blog that I started sitting on a train on my way to Madrid. A trip that changed everything During
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria, 4th of April, 2020. Finally, Saturday… It’s been a super busy week, but today’s been a much more bright and relaxing day, despite the fact that it started with a heavy migraine. I am not
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic, 30th of March. It’s been some days since I posted. On Friday I had a weird panic attack. I try not to read news about the coronavirus. Especially from Spain. You don’t have to stay on top of
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 24th of March. For decades, we thought we were invincible. We got used to the fast pace of the digital age. Instagram, traffic jams, Netflix, food delivery apps. We got used to the fact that we imposed
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 23rd of March. Monday. The day started with a beautiful, amazing surprise. It was snowing! And snowing a lot. I had almost resigned myself to not see any snow this year, but here it was! Funny how
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 22nd of March. Sunday. The day started with a gray layer of clouds covering the sky and ended up raining in Sofia. It’s been another dull day. I miss going out. I had some talks with
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 21st of March. Saturday night. 21st of March. 36 new cases makes this the worst day since the state of emergency was declared. Today, the government of Bulgaria approved another series of measures, including the prohibition to
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 20th of March. Friday. One week has passed since the estate of emergency was declared in Bulgaria. Fortunately, cases are not growing exponentially. That means declaring the estate of emergency as soon as the country reached 23
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 19th of March. Thursday. Today was a bit brighter than yesterday. I woke up early and made breakfast while listening to King Crimson on my headphones to not wake up Miguel. The morning went by quickly, and
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 18th of March. Today we stayed the whole day at home. I focused on work to keep my mind busy again. Miguel sent me a video of a friend of his brother in Madrid. He lives on
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 17th of March. Today it was a dull, busy day. Fortunately, the activity of the business has continued, or even increased. As a purely digital business, we are the last in the chain, so to speak, so
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 16th of March. We worked from home today most of the day. I talked to the staff of our co-working space in Sofia and they offered us to extend our subscription while they stay closed. That was
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 15th of March. Sunday. We have been inside the apartment the whole day. Not even a walk. I killed time working on the new dashboard of my company, Companio. In a way, it’s good to be
Today was the first day after the state of emergency was declared in Sofia. I wanted to stay at home, but Miguel insisted we took a walk in the park, avoiding contact with other people or the most crowded areas in the main promenade. I said yes. During the whole
Diary of a digital nomad trapped by the coronavirus pandemic in Sofia, Bulgaria. 13th of March. These are bleak times for digital nomads. With the coronavirus paralyzing the whole world, some of us recently found ourselves trapped in a country, our flights canceled and our traveling plans ruined. I am
We arrived in Sofia one week ago, on a Saturday night. We were so tired after a long and stressful trip via Belgrade that we spent the whole Sunday sleeping and resting. On Monday evening, after catching up with work, I started to look for a good co-working space in
I am in the bus to Sofia. We left the Belgrade bus station about an hour ago. Still sweating, I am recovering from the race. We almost did’t get to the bus bay in time. In this post, I share our experience traveling from Zagreb to Sofia via Belgrade
It happened. Populism, fear, and a highly successful democracy hijacking act on Facebook, targeting vulnerable Brexit swing voters, won, The UK left Europe. Farewell, friends. Still shocked by the turmoil of the Brexit, many British companies started to look for ways to escape the fanaticism of their own politicians. The
As you may know, this year, instead of fleeing Europe for winter to South East Asia or other exotic (and warm) destination, we decided to explore the Balkans. After a very satisfactory visit to Rijeka, we decided to continue our exploration of Croatia by spending two months in its capital.
Happy 2020!!! 🎉 Exactly one year ago, I was at the airport, traveling to Chiang Mai. 2018 was the year in which I embraced Minimalism as my philosophy of life. It was a year of discovery, exploration, and travel. Tomorrow, I will be traveling to Zagreb, in Croatia. 2019 has been
The nomad lifestyle is gaining momentum, and more and more people are becoming location independent to travel the world while working online. When I visit my family and old friends in Spain, they always say: “How lucky you are to be a digital nomad and travel the world.” Then I
If you read my blog regularly, you know I am a big fan of deep work, and quite critical with social media. I don’t have any social network account, and try to disable or at least reduce notifications as much as possible. That may look like a ambiguous stance,
After spending July and August in Tallinn, we left with the last breath of the summer to the South, looking for warmer coasts. Concretely, to Rijeka, Croatia. How is life in Rijeka for digital nomads? Is it worth a visit? Let’s find out! Different people have different metrics when
In September, I published my first e-Book, “The e-Residency program of Estonia: Launch and run a location independent business 100% online“. It was an incredible experience. I decided to self-publish my book on Amazon, taking care of everything myself. Why? Because I wanted to be free to decide about the
I have been traveling for years. Throughout my journey, I have met all kinds of travelers. Lone wolves, couples, and even a group of friends who traveled together. Regardless of their backgrounds, age or country of origin, one common topic popped up in most conversations: the loneliness of the digital
Gamification [mass noun]: the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service. The Oxford Dictionary Some days ago I updated my iPad
Hello! Yesterday we arrived in Rijeka, Croatia. It was already dark so we could not really get a glimpse of the city. However, today I will take some time to explore the place when I finish writing these lines. My first impressions are quite good! It’s a beautiful and
I recently published my first book: “The e-Residency Program of Estonia: Launch and run a location independent business 100% online“. I decided to self-edit and self-publish it. I knew a professional editor would have saved me a lot of time, and not being an English native speaker, my results would
As you may know, I talk a lot about Estonia in this blog, and for good reason. As a happy e-Resident, and the owner of two Estonian companies, I love sharing my knowledge about the Estonian digital nation and its possibilities for location independent entrepreneurs. So much in fact that
Hello! Are you still out there? You may have noticed I’ve not written on the blog since mid June. I’ve been quite busy working on my book. Which book? The e-Residency book, of course. That’s the reason why I’ve not been very active here lately. I’
Before heading back to Europe, we decided to spend our lasts two months in South-East Asia in the city of Kuching. Aptly named “The next Chiang Mai”, this Malaysian hidden gem has been a delightful discovery. This article contains the most complete guide about life in Kuching for digital nomads,
Taking notes on the go is essential for all of us, digital nomads. Whether you are an entrepreneur, blogger, photographer, writer, developer, or all of the above at the same time, you’ll eventually need to capture an idea or set a reminder about something. After trying literally dozens of
When the media talks about the e-Residency program of Estonia, the aspect that gets all the attention is how it allows location independent entrepreneurs to launch and run an online business without ever visiting Estonia. However, the true power of the digital nation lies in its foundations, namely, in your
The e-Residency program allows anyone, regardless of their citizenship or residence, to open a company in Estonia. When discussing how to open a company in Estonia, usually the conversation refers to a Private Limited Company, or Osaühing (OÜ) in Estonian. However, there are many types of companies in Estonia beyond
After living and working for three months in Bali, I can confidently say I have visited a lot of co-working spaces and cafés. More than anywhere else. In this post, I share what’s –in my opinion– the best co-working space in Ubud, Bali. Ubud for digital nomads Ubud is
I recently finished a book about Stoicism that made me think about all the myths about Stoicism and misconceptions surrounding this philosophy. While this and other books do an excellent job debunking some of them, most people approaching this ancient school of thought still tend to fall for them. The
With the deadline approaching, and the perspective of a no-deal Brexit quickly becoming a reality, entrepreneurs in the UK are looking for ways to escape Brexit. For some years now, I am an e-Resident of Estonia. I own two businesses in this small baltic country. I didn’t even need
So why this article? Aren’t apps like Grab or Go-Jek basically like Uber (or your local alternative) in Southeast Asia? Well, yes and no. If you come from Europe or America, your first visit to Southeast Asia will open you the doors of a new universe. Take Europe, for
Technology has always been a disrupting force. But new breakthroughs are happening exponentially faster each year, and they are shaking pillars of our society that were previously considered immutable and eternal. It’s changing our cities, our homes, the way we pay and keep our money, and even the currency
After a short stay in Thailand, we moved to Bali to stay here for three months at least. In this post, I share my experience on how is life in Ubud for Digital nomads. Different people have different metrics when evaluating how good -or not- a place is. For context,
Blogging is dead. Recently, a new language processing and content generation framework from OpenAI was published. Leveraging the full power of machine learning available today, it’s capable of generating internet content. Texts, blog posts, articles, and even translations. The implications for content writers -and internet content in general- are
I’ve been practicing meditation for the last five years. It has helped me during the most difficult times of my entrepreneurial journey, and also in my personal life. In this post, I want to discuss the practice of mindfulness and meditation for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners. Why
This weekend we attended the Nomad Summit conference here in Chiang Mai. It was certainly a massive event, as the city is one of the most famous digital nomad hubs. After living here for some time, it’s easy to understand why, and fall in love with this vibrant, chaotic
As you may know if you follow my blog, in 2018 I started writing a daily post on stoicism for a whole year. It was a way of commiting to reading one daily meditation of this book: “The Daily Stoic: 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living“
Exactly one year ago, the 31st of December of 2017, I found myself on a plane, reflecting on how my life had changed since I quit my corporate job. I was flying back to Riga after spending the holidays with my family and friends. I’m also on a flight
The Daily Stoic for December 31st, “Get Active In Your Own Rescue”. “Stop wandering about! You aren’t likely to read your own notebooks, or ancient histories, or the anthologies you’ve collected to enjoy in your old age. Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get
The Daily Stoic for December 30th, “Taking The Bite Out Of It”. “To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden. —SENECA, HERCULES OETAEUS, 231–232” Today’s stoic meditation talks again about this formula for being able to face any adversity, from small daily
The Daily Stoic for December 29th, “Give Thanks”. “In all things we should try to make ourselves be as grateful as possible. For gratitude is a good thing for ourselves, in a manner in which justice, commonly held to belong to others, is not. Gratitude pays itself back in large
The Daily Stoic for December 28th, “On Being Remembered”. “Everything lasts for a day, the one who remembers and the remembered.” We all want to be remembered. In my mind, that can be traced back to our animal instincts. Our desire to transcend -by means of our descendants- is nothing
The Daily Stoic for December 27th, “Don’t Let Your Soul Go First”. “It’s a disgrace in this life when the soul surrenders first while the body refuses to.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.29 Do you run? If you do, you probably know that the mind -especially at the
The Daily Stoic for December 26th, “Life Is Long — If You Know How To Use It”. “It’s not at all that we have too short a time to live, but that we squander a great deal of it. Life is long enough, and it’s given in sufficient measure
The Daily Stoic for December 25th, “Don’t Burn The Candle At Both Ends”. “The mind must be given relaxation—it will rise improved and sharper after a good break. Just as rich fields must not be forced—for they will quickly lose their fertility if never given a break—
The Daily Stoic for December 24th, “Meaningless… Like A Fine Wine”. “You know what wine and liqueur tastes like. It makes no difference whether a hundred or a thousand bottles pass through your bladder—you are nothing more than a filter.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 77.16 I was once at
The Daily Stoic for December 23rd, “What Are You So Afraid Of Losing?”. “You are afraid of dying. But, come now, how is this life of yours anything but death?” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 77.18 I am not sure what to think of today’s stoic meditation. Let me quote
The Daily Stoic for December 22nd, “Stake Your Own Claim”. “For it’s disgraceful for an old person, or one in sight of old age, to have only the knowledge carried in their notebooks. Zeno said this . . . what do you say? Cleanthes said that . . . what do you say? How long
The Daily Stoic for December 21st, “What Do You Have To Show For Your Years?”. “Many times an old man has no other evidence besides his age to prove he has lived a long time.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 3.8b I’ve been alive for 38 years and
The Daily Stoic for December 20th, “Fear The Fear Of Death”. “Do you then ponder how the supreme of human evils, the surest mark of the base and cowardly, is not death, but the fear of death? I urge you to discipline yourself against such fear, direct all your thinking,
Hello, fellow e-Residents, I’ve got exciting news! Estonia has published the document for e-Residency 2.0! This White Paper is a declaration of intent from the Estonian government for the future of the e-Residency program. However, at more than 40 pages, and being somewhat technical at certain parts, you
The Daily Stoic for December 19th, “Human Scale”. “Think of the whole universe of matter and how small your share. Think about the expanse of time and how brief—almost momentary—the part marked for you. Think of the workings of fate and how infinitesimal your role.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS,
The Daily Stoic for December 18th, “What Comes To Us All”. “Both Alexander the Great and his mule-keeper were both brought to the same place by death—they were either received into the all-generative reason, or scattered among the atoms.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.24 I was discussing today with
The Daily Stoic for December 17th, “Know Thyself—Before It’s Too Late”. “Death lies heavy upon one who, known exceedingly well by all, dies unknown to himself.” —SENECA, THYESTES, 400 Don’t wait. Know yourself. Before it’s impossibly late. Do we know ourselves as well as we think
The Daily Stoic for December 16th, “Everlasting Good Health”. “I tell you, you only have to learn to live like the healthy person does . . . living with complete confidence. What confidence? The only one worth holding, in what is trustworthy, unhindered, and can’t be taken away—your own reasoned choice.
The Daily Stoic for December 15th, “A Simple Way To Measure Our Days”. “This is the mark of perfection of character—to spend each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, laziness, or any pretending.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.69 Perfection is a topic that’s been discussed
The Daily Stoic for December 14th, “What We Should Know By The End”. “Soon you will die, and still you aren’t sincere, undisturbed, or free from suspicion that external things can harm you, nor are you gracious to all, knowing that wisdom and acting justly are one and the
In one of my previous posts, I described how VAT taxes work for e-Residents owning a company in Estonia. There, I talked about the most common rules for earnings and dividends. However, there are lots of details and nuisances to know about your pay as the owner of your business.
The Daily Stoic for December 13th, “It’s Just A Number”. “You aren’t bothered, are you, because you weigh a certain amount and not twice as much? So why get worked up that you’ve been given a certain lifespan and not more? Just as you are satisfied with
The Daily Stoic for December 12th, “The Beat Goes On”. “Walk the long gallery of the past, of empires and kingdoms succeeding each other without number. And you can also see the future, for surely it will be exactly the same, unable to deviate from the present rhythm. It’s
The Daily Stoic for December 11th, “Dignity And Bravery”. “As Cicero says, we hate gladiators if they are quick to save their lives by any means; we favor them if they show contempt for their lives.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 11.4b Today’s stoic meditation is a call
The Daily Stoic for December 10th, “Don’t Sell Yourself Too Cheaply”. “I say, let no one rob me of a single day who isn’t going to make a full return on the loss.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 1.11b It’s true that people spend more money
The Daily Stoic for December 9th, “Spendthrifts Of Time”. “Were all the geniuses of history to focus on this single theme, they could never fully express their bafflement at the darkness of the human mind. No person would give up even an inch of their estate, and the slightest dispute
The Daily Stoic for December 8th, “Don’t Hide From Your Feelings”. “It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” —SENECA, ON CONSOLATION TO HELVIA, 17.1b Throughout this stoic journey, one of my main gripes about stoicism has been its apparent suppression of emotions. However, I have
The Daily Stoic for December 7th, “The Cards We’re Dealt”. “Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it
The Daily Stoic for December 6th, “The Sword Dangles Over You”. “Don’t behave as if you are destined to live forever. What’s fated hangs over you. As long as you live and while you can, become good now.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.17 The Sword of Damocles, commonly
The Daily Stoic for December 5th, “The Benefits Of Sobering Thoughts”. “Keep death and exile before your eyes each day, along with everything that seems terrible—by doing so, you’ll never have a base thought nor will you have excessive desire.” —EPICTETUS, ENCHIRIDION, 21 In January the 1st, we
The Daily Stoic for December 4th, “You Don’t Own That”. “Anything that can be prevented, taken away, or coerced is not a person’s own—but those things that can’t be blocked are their own.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.24.3 The other day, I was reading about nomads
The Daily Stoic for December 3rd, “The Philosopher Is An Artisan Of Life And Death”. “Philosophy does not claim to get a person any external possession. To do so would be beyond its field. As wood is to the carpenter, bronze to the sculptor, so our own lives are the
The Daily Stoic for December 2nd, “Don’t Mind Me, I’m Only Dying”. “Let each thing you would do, say or intend be like that of a dying person.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 2.11.1 “What would you do if you found out tomorrow that you had cancer?” That’
The Daily Stoic for December 1st, “Pretend Today Is The End”. “Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. . . . The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each
The Daily Stoic for November 30th, “Follow The Logos”. “The person who follows reason in all things will have both leisure and a readiness to act—they are at once both cheerful and self-composed.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 10.12b The logos. The stoics believed there was a powerful force governing
The Daily Stoic for November 29th, “You Are Going To Be Ok”. “Don’t lament this and don’t get agitated.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.43 Have you ever gone to bed thinking that there was something wrong? Nothing concrete that you can identify in your mind. But there it
The Daily Stoic for November 28th, “It’s Not On Them, It’s On You”. “If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can’t, blame yourself—or no one.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 10.4 “A good teacher knows that when
The Daily Stoic for November 27th, “The Pleasure Of Tuning Out The Negative”. “How satisfying it is to dismiss and block out any upsetting or foreign impression, and immediately to have peace in all things.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 5.2 I don’t read newspapers anymore. I mean, not only
The Daily Stoic of November 26th, “The Altar Of No Difference”. “We are like many pellets of incense falling on the same altar. Some collapse sooner, others later, but it makes no difference.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.15 “What’s the difference between you and the richest person in the
The Daily Stoic for November 25th, “Funny How That Works Out”. “As for me, I would choose being sick over living in luxury, for being sick only harms the body, whereas luxury destroys both the body and the soul, causing weakness and incapacity in the body, and lack of control
The Daily Stoic for November 24th, “Train To Let Go Of What’s Not Yours”. “Whenever you experience the pangs of losing something, don’t treat it like a part of yourself but as a breakable glass, so when it falls you will remember that and won’t be troubled.
The Daily Stoic for November 23rd, “Attachments Are The Enemy”. “In short, you must remember this—that if you hold anything dear outside of your own reasoned choice, you will have destroyed your capacity for choice.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 4.4.23 As today’s daily stoic discusses, there are many
The Daily Stoic for November 22nd, “The Glass Is Already Broken”. “Fortune falls heavily on those for whom she’s unexpected. The one always on the lookout easily endures.” —SENECA, ON CONSOLATION TO HELVIA, 5.3 What a powerful concept! When I first read today’s stoic, I was a
The Daily Stoic for November 21st, “Once Is Enough, Once Is Forever”. “A good isn’t increased by the addition of time, but if one is wise for even a moment, they will be no less happy than the person who exercises virtue for all time and happily passes their
Recent studies showed that the average age of a successful entrepreneur is 45, not 20-something, hence debunking the young entrepreneur myth. Ultimately, it’s experience, not luck, energy or passion, which makes an entrepreneurial project work. That’s only natural if you think about it. We all make mistakes when
The Daily Stoic for November, 20th. “Behold, Now As Ever”. “If you’ve seen the present, you’ve seen all things, from time immemorial into all of eternity. For everything that happens is related and the same.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.37 As you may know, recently I went back
The Daily Stoic for November 19th, “Maxims From Three Wise Men”, has three quotes for the price of one. 🙂 “For any challenge we should hold three thoughts at our command: ‘Lead on God and Destiny, To that Goal fixed for me long ago. I will follow and not stumble; even
The Daily Stoic for November 18th, “Four Habits Of The Stoic Mind”. “Our rational nature moves freely forward in its impressions when it: 1) accepts nothing false or uncertain; 2) directs its impulses only to acts for the common good; 3) limits its desires and aversions only to what’s
The Daily Stoic for November 17th, “Judge Not, Lest…”. “When philosophy is wielded with arrogance and stubbornly, it is the cause for the ruin of many. Let philosophy scrape off your own faults, rather than be a way to rail against the faults of others.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 103.4b–
The Daily Stoic for November 16th, “Hope And Fear Are The Same”. “Hecato says, ‘cease to hope and you will cease to fear.’ . . . The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 5.
The Daily Stoic for November 15th, “Everything Is Change”. “Meditate often on the swiftness with which all that exists and is coming into being is swept by us and carried away. For substance is like a river’s unending flow, its activities continually changing and causes infinitely shifting so that
The Daily Stoic -and continuation of yesterday’s- for November 14th, “You Choose The Outcome”. “He was sent to prison. But the observation ‘he has suffered evil,’ is an addition coming from you. —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.8.5b–6a On yesterday’s stoic, I explain why I was not able
The Daily Stoic for November 14th, “Never Complain, Never Explain”. “Don’t allow yourself to be heard any longer griping about public life, not even with your own ears!” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.9 I’m writing the Daily Stoic for November the thirteen today, the fourteenth. Yesterday I was
The Daily Stoic for November 12th, “The Strong Accept Responsibility”. “If we judge as good and evil only the things in the power of our own choice, then there is no room left for blaming gods or being hostile to others. —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.41 “The buck stops here”
The Daily Stoic for November 11th, “It’s Not The Thing, It’s What We Make Of It”. “When you are distressed by an external thing, it’s not the thing itself that troubles you, but only your judgment of it. And you can wipe this out at a moment’
The Daily Stoic for November 10th, “Always The Same”. “Think by way of example on the times of Vespasian, and you’ll see all these things: marrying, raising children, falling ill, dying, wars, holiday feasts, commerce, farming, flattering, pretending, suspecting, scheming, praying that others die, grumbling over one’s lot,
The Daily Stoic for November 9th, “All Is Fluid”. “The universe is change. Life is opinion.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.3.4b I love those words by Marcus Aurelius. They sound almost as poetry to my ears. And I definitely agree. The universe is in constant change. Life can change
The Daily Stoic for November 8th, “Actors In A Play”. “Remember that you are an actor in a play, playing a character according to the will of the playwright—if a short play, then it’s short; if long, long. If he wishes you to play the beggar, play even
The Daily Stoic for November 7th, “How To Be Powerful”. “Don’t trust in your reputation, money, or position, but in the strength that is yours—namely, your judgments about the things that you control and don’t control. For this alone is what makes us free and unfettered, that
The Daily Stoic for November 6th, “Someone Else Is Spinning The Thread” (Picture courtesy of Sam Lehman). “If the breaking day sees someone proud, The ending day sees them brought low. No one should put too much trust in triumph, No one should give up hope of trials improving. Clotho
The Daily Stoic for November 5th, “A Higher Power”. “This is the very thing which makes up the virtue of the happy person and a well-flowing life—when the affairs of life are in every way tuned to the harmony between the individual divine spirit and the will of the
The Daily Stoic for November 4th, “Not Good, Nor Bad”. “There is no evil in things changing, just as there is no good in persisting in a new state.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.42 The other day, I mentioned how signing in to Facebook to ask for permission for using
The Daily Stoic for November 3rd, “Following The Doctor’s Orders”. Just as we commonly hear people say the doctor prescribed someone particular riding exercises, or ice baths, or walking without shoes, we should in the same way say that nature prescribed someone to be diseased, or disabled, or to
Stress is a serious business. Recently, I was hospitalized in Riga for almost a week with a severe infection. The doctors told me that one of the main causes of my illness was stress. So how do you get rid of anxiety? While being completely stress-free is almost impossible for
The Daily Stoic for November 2nd, “Binding Our Wishes To What Will Be”. But I haven’t at any time been hindered in my will, nor forced against it. And how is this possible? I have bound up my choice to act with the will of God. God wills that
The Daily Stoic for November 1st, “Accepting What Is”. Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well. —EPICTETUS, ENCHIRIDION, 8 One of the basic premises of Stoicism is what the
The Daily Stoic For October, 31st, “You Were Born Good”. “The human being is born with an inclination toward virtue.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 2.7.1–2 Yes, that little, scared, cute thing in the picture is me. Lovely isn’t it? (ok, don’t answer here). Are we good
The Daily Stoic for October 29th, “Character Is Fate”. “Each person acquires their own character, but their official roles are designated by chance. You should invite some to your table because they are deserving, others because they may come to deserve it.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 47.15b Today’s daily
The Daily Stoic for October 28th, “We Were Made For Each Other”. “You’ll more quickly find an earthly thing kept from the earth than you will a person cut off from other human beings.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 9.9.3 No matter how much of an introvert we think
The Daily Stoic for October 27th, “We Reap What We Sow”. “Crimes often return to their teacher.” —SENECA, THYESTES, 311 I find today’s stoic meditation a good piece of advice. Specially relevant to entrepreneurs, the concept of “teacher” can be translated to the entrepreneur, while the students can be
The Daily Stoic for October 26th, “Three Parts, One Aim”. “The best and the greatest number of authors have asserted that philosophy consists of three parts: the moral, the natural, and the rational. The first puts the soul in order. The second thoroughly examines the natural order of things. The
The Daily Stoic for October 25th, “Two Tasks”. “What, then, makes a person free from hindrance and self-determining? For wealth doesn’t, neither does high-office, state or kingdom—rather, something else must be found . . . in the case of living, it is the knowledge of how to live.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 4.
The Daily Stoic for October 24th, “The Fountain Of Goodness”. “Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.59 Goodness isn’t something that is delivered by email. It won’t get to your
The Daily Stoic for October 23rd, “Show The Qualities You Are Made For”. “People aren’t in awe of your sharp mind? So be it. But you have many other qualities you can’t claim to have been deprived of at birth. Display then those qualities in your own power:
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The Daily Stoic for October 22nd, “It’s Easy To Get Better, But Better At What?”. “So someone’s good at taking down an opponent, but that doesn’t make them more community-minded, or modest, or well-prepared for any circumstance, or more tolerant of the faults of others.” —MARCUS AURELIUS,
The Daily Stoic for October 21st, “Heroes, Here And Now”. “Such behavior! People don’t want to praise their contemporaries whose lives they actually share, but hold great expectations for the praise of future generations—people they haven’t met or ever will! This is akin to being upset that
The Daily Stoic for October 20th, “Marks Of The Good Life”. “You have proof in the extent of your wanderings that you never found the art of living anywhere—not in logic, nor in wealth, fame, or in any indulgence. Nowhere. Where is it then? In doing what human nature
The Daily Stoic for October 19th, “Good Habits Drive Out Bad Habits”. “Since habit is such a powerful influence, and we’re used to pursuing our impulses to gain and avoid outside our own choice, we should set a contrary habit against that, and where appearances are really slippery, use
The Daily Stoic for October 18th, “Frenemies”. “There’s nothing worse than a wolf befriending sheep. Avoid false friendship at all costs. If you are good, straightforward, and well meaning it should show in your eyes and not escape notice.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 11.15 We all know someone we
The Daily Stoic for October 17th, “The Benefit Of Kindness”. “A benefit should be kept like a buried treasure, only to be dug up in necessity. . . . Nature bids us to do well by all. . . . Wherever there is a human being, we have an opportunity for kindness.” —SENECA, ON THE HAPPY
The Daily Stoic for October 16th, “Spread The Word”. “Some people with exceptional minds quickly grasp virtue, or produce it within themselves. But other dim and lazy types, hindered by bad habits, must have their rusty souls constantly scrubbed down. . . . The weaker sorts will be helped and lifted from their
The Daily Stoic for October 15th, “Give People The Benefit Of The Doubt”. “Everything turns on your assumptions about it, and that’s on you. You can pluck out the hasty judgment at will, and like steering a ship around the point, you will find calm seas, fair weather and
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The Daily Stoic for October 14th, “Don’t Get Mad. Get Help”. “Are you angry when someone’s armpits stink or when their breath is bad? What would be the point? Having such a mouth and such armpits, there’s going to be a smell emanating. You say, they must
The Daily Stoic for October 13th, “Revenge Is A Dish Best Not Served”. “The best way to avenge yourself is to not be like that.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.6 “How much better to heal than seek revenge from injury. Vengeance wastes a lot of time and exposes you to
The Daily Stoic for October 12th, “Always Love”. “Hecato says, ‘I can teach you a love potion made without any drugs, herbs, or special spell—if you would be loved, love.’” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 9.6 Curiously enough, this week my parents renewed their vows. They’ve been married for
The Daily Stoic for October 11th, “Honesty As Our Default”. “How rotten and fraudulent when people say they intend to ‘give it to you straight.’ What are you up to, dear friend? It shouldn’t need your announcement, but be readily seen, as if written on your forehead, heard in
The Daily Stoic for October 10th, “Reverence And Justice”. “Leave the past behind, let the grand design take care of the future, and instead only rightly guide the present to reverence and justice. Reverence so that you’ll love what you’ve been allotted, for nature brought you both to
The Daily Stoic for October 9th, “Set The Standards And Use Them”. “When the standards have been set, things are tested and weighed. And the work of philosophy is just this, to examine and uphold the standards, but the work of a truly good person is in using those standards
The Daily Stoic for October 8th, “A Higher Pleasure”. “Yes, getting your wish would have been so nice. But isn’t that exactly why pleasure trips us up? Instead, see if these things might be even nicer—a great soul, freedom, honesty, kindness, saintliness. For there is nothing so pleasing
The Daily Stoic for October 6th, “Looking Out For Each Other”. “It’s in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement, as if it were our very own. For if we don’t do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions,
The Daily Stoic for October 7th, “A Selfish Reason To Be Good”. “The person who does wrong, does wrong to themselves. The unjust person is unjust to themselves—making themselves evil.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 9.4 Today’s stoic meditation is all about “not doing wrong things” because “when we
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The Daily Stoic for October 5th, “Words Can’t Be Unsaid”. “Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue.” —ZENO, QUOTED IN DIOGENES LAERTIUS, LIVES OF THE EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS, 7.1.26 “Silence is golden”. This topic has been discussed in the daily stoic a lot, on “Silence
The Daily Stoic for October 4th, “All For One, One For All”. “That which isn’t good for the hive, isn’t good for the bee.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.54 Apparently, Marcus Aurelius was one of the first writers to articulate that he has not a citizen of Rome,
The Daily Stoic for October 3rd, “A Mantra Of Mutual Interdependence”. “Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. For in a sense, all things are mutually woven together and therefore have an affinity for each other—for one thing follows after another according
The Daily Stoic for October 2nd, “The Most Valuable Asset”. “But the wise person can lose nothing. Such a person has everything stored up for themselves, leaving nothing to Fortune, their own goods are held firm, bound in virtue, which requires nothing from chance, and therefore can’t be either
The Daily Stoic for October 1st, “Let Virtue Shine Bright”. “Does the light of a lamp shine and keep its glow until its fuel is spent? Why shouldn’t your truth, justice, and self-control shine until you are extinguished?” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 12.15 We enter the autumnal October with
The Daily Stoic for September 30th, “You Can’t Touch Me”. “If you lay violent hands on me, you’ll have my body, but my mind will remain with Stilpo.” ZENO, QUOTED IN DIOGENES LAERTIUS, LIVES OF THE EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS, 7.1.24 “Sticks and stones may break my bones…
The Daily Stoic for September 29th, “Your Actual Needs Are Small”. “Nothing can satisfy greed, but even a small measure satisfies nature. So it is that the poverty of an exile brings no misfortune, for no place of exile is so barren as not to produce ample support for a
The Daily Stoic for September 28th, “You Hold The Trump Card”. “How appropriate that the gods put under our control only the most powerful ability that governs all the rest—the ability to make the right use of external appearances—and that they didn’t put anything else under our
The Daily Stoic for September 27th, “What Will Prosperity Reveal?”. “For even peace itself will supply more reason for worry. Not even safe circumstances will bring you confidence once your mind has been shocked—once it gets in the habit of blind panic, it can’t provide for its own
The Daily Stoic for September 26th, “What Time Off Is For”. “Leisure without study is death—a tomb for the living person.” SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 82.4 Today’s stoic meditation is asking us not to devote our time off to doing nothing. Instead of just lying at the beach,
The Daily Stoic for September 25th, “The Vulnerability Of Dependence”. “Show me someone who isn’t a slave! One is a slave to lust, another to greed, another to power, and all are slaves to fear. I could name a former Consul who is a slave to a little old
The Daily Stoic for September 24th, “It Could Happen To You”. “Being unexpected adds to the weight of a disaster, and being a surprise has never failed to increase a person’s pain. For that reason, nothing should ever be unexpected by us. Our minds should be sent out in
The Daily Stoic for September 23rd, “The Most Secure Fortress”. “Remember that your ruling reason becomes unconquerable when it rallies and relies on itself, so that it won’t do anything contrary to its own will, even if its position is irrational. How much more unconquerable if its judgments are
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The Daily Stoic for September 22nd, “No Pain, No Gain”. “Difficulties show a person’s character. So when a challenge confronts you, remember that God is matching you with a younger sparring partner, as would a physical trainer. Why? Becoming an Olympian takes sweat! I think no one has a
The Daily Stoic for September 21st, “Maintain Composure, Maintain Control”. “When forced, as it seems, by circumstances into utter confusion, get a hold of yourself quickly. Don’t be locked out of the rhythm any longer than necessary. You’ll be able to keep the beat if you are constantly
The Daily Stoic for September 20th, “Life Isn’t A Dance”. “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, because an artful life requires being prepared to meet and withstand sudden and unexpected attacks.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.61 I have to agree with today’s stoic meditation.
The Daily Stoic for September 19th, “Flexibility Of The Will”. “Remember that to change your mind and to follow someone’s correction are consistent with a free will. For the action is yours alone—to fulfill its purpose in keeping with your impulse and judgment, and yes, with your intelligence.
The Daily Stoic for September 18th, “Dealing With Pain”. “Whenever you suffer pain, keep in mind that it’s nothing to be ashamed of and that it can’t degrade your guiding intelligence, nor keep it from acting rationally and for the common good. And in most cases you should
The Daily Stoic for September 17th, “Dealing With Haters”. “What if someone despises me? Let them see to it. But I will see to it that I won’t be found doing or saying anything contemptible. What if someone hates me? Let them see to that. But I will see
The Daily Stoic for September 16th, “Anyone Can Get Lucky, Not Everyone Can Persevere”. “Success comes to the lowly and to the poorly talented, but the special characteristic of a great person is to triumph over the disasters and panics of human life.” —SENECA, ON PROVIDENCE, 4.1 Today’s
The Daily Stoic for September 15th, “A Garden Is Not For Show”. “First practice not letting people know who you are—keep your philosophy to yourself for a bit. In just the manner that fruit is produced—the seed buried for a season, hidden, growing gradually so it may come
The Daily Stoic for September 14th, “A Different Way To Pray”. “Try praying differently, and see what happens: Instead of asking for ‘a way to sleep with her,’ try asking for ‘a way to stop desiring to sleep with her.’ Instead of ‘a way to get rid of him,’ try
The Daily Stoic for September 13th, “Protecting Our Inner Fortress From Fear”. “No, it is events that give rise to fear—when another has power over them or can prevent them, that person becomes able to inspire fear. How is the fortress destroyed? Not by iron or fire, but by
The Daily Stoic for September 12th, “Be Down To Earth, Or Be Brought Down”. “Zeno always said that nothing was more unbecoming than putting on airs, especially with the young.” —DIOGENES LAERTIUS, LIVES OF THE EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS, 7.1.22 In my view, today’s stoic meditation is all about
The Daily Stoic for September 11th, “What Would Less Look Like?”. “Let us get used to dining out without the crowds, to being a slave to fewer slaves, to getting clothes only for their real purpose, and to living in more modest quarters.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 9.3b
The Daily Stoic for September 10th, “Preparing On The Sunny Day”. “Here’s a lesson to test your mind’s mettle: take part of a week in which you have only the most meager and cheap food, dress scantly in shabby clothes, and ask yourself if this is really the
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The Daily Stoic for September 9th, “Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself”. “But there is no reason to live and no limit to our miseries if we let our fears predominate.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 13.12b I have written about fear before. In the article Overcoming The Fear Of Earning
The Daily Stoic for September 8th, “Do Not Be Deceived By Fortune”. “No one is crushed by Fortune, unless they are first deceived by her . . . those who aren’t pompous in good times, don’t have their bubbles burst with change. Against either circumstance, the stable person keeps their rational
The Daily Stoic for September 7th, “Our Hidden Power”. “Consider who you are. Above all, a human being, carrying no greater power than your own reasoned choice, which oversees all other things, and is free from any other master.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.10.1 “Your hidden power is your ability
The Daily Stoic for September 6th, “They Can Throw You In Chains, But…”. “You can bind up my leg, but not even Zeus has the power to break my freedom of choice.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 1.1.23 No one can break you. No one can change who you are or
The Daily Stoic for September 5th, “Focus On What Is Yours Alone”. “Remember, then, if you deem what is by nature slavish to be free, and what is not your own to be yours, you will be shackled and miserable, blaming both gods and other people. But if you deem
The Daily Stoic for September 4th, “How Can You Know Whether You’ve Never Been Tested?”. “I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” —SENECA, ON
The Daily Stoic for September 3rd, “First, A Hard Winter Training”. “We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven’t prepared.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 1.2.32 No. I can’t agree with today’s stoic. I think one thing is preparing for
The Daily Stoic for September 2nd, “The Philosopher’s School Is A Hospital”. “Men, the philosopher’s lecture-hall is a hospital—you shouldn’t walk out of it feeling pleasure, but pain, for you aren’t well when you enter it.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.23.30 Given that I have
The Daily Stoic for September 1st, “A Strong Soul Is Better Than Good Luck”. “The rational soul is stronger than any kind of fortune—from its own share it guides its affairs here or there, and is itself the cause of a happy or miserable life.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 98.
The Daily Stoic for August 31st, “Consider Your Failings Too”. “Whenever you take offense at someone’s wrongdoing, immediately turn to your own similar failings, such as seeing money as good, or pleasure, or a little fame—whatever form it takes. By thinking on this, you’ll quickly forget your
The Daily Stoic for August 30th, “When You Feel Lazy”. “Anything that must yet be done, virtue can do with courage and promptness. For anyone would call it a sign of foolishness for one to undertake a task with a lazy and begrudging spirit, or to push the body in
The Daily Stoic for August 29th. “Want Nothing, Have Everything”. “No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 123.3
The Daily Stoic for August 28th, “The Opulent Stoic”. “The founder of the universe, who assigned to us the laws of life, provided that we should live well, but not in luxury. Everything needed for our well-being is right before us, whereas what luxury requires is gathered by many miseries
The Daily Stoic for August 27th, “Laugh Or Cry?”. “Heraclitus would shed tears whenever he went out in public—Democritus laughed. One saw the whole as a parade of miseries, the other of follies. And so, we should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy
The Daily Stoic for August 26th, “Seeking Out Shipwrecks”. “I was shipwrecked before I even boarded . . . the journey showed me this—how much of what we have is unnecessary, and how easily we can decide to rid ourselves of these things whenever it’s necessary, never suffering the loss.” —SENECA,
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The Daily Stoic for August 25th, “Respect The Past, But Be Open To The Future”. “Won’t you be walking in your predecessors’ footsteps? I surely will use the older path, but if I find a shorter and smoother way, I’ll blaze a trail there. The ones who pioneered
The Daily Stoic for August 24th, “Pillage From All Sources”. “I’ll never be ashamed to quote a bad writer with a good saying.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 11.8 My parents were really open-minded when it came to how my sister and I developed our beliefs and values
The Daily Stoic for August 23rd, “It’s In Your Self-Interest”. “Therefore, explain why a wise person shouldn’t get drunk—not with words, but by the facts of its ugliness and offensiveness. It’s most easy to prove that so-called pleasures, when they go beyond proper measure, are but
The Daily Stoic for August 22nd, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”. “It is essential for you to remember that the attention you give to any action should be in due proportion to its worth, for then you won’t tire and give up, if you aren’t busying yourself
The Daily Stoic for August 21st, “Don’t Be Miserable In Advance”. “It’s ruinous for the soul to be anxious about the future and miserable in advance of misery, engulfed by anxiety that the things it desires might remain its own until the very end. For such a soul
The Daily Stoic for August 20th, “Where It Counts”. “Inwardly, we ought to be different in every respect, but our outward dress should blend in with the crowd.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 5.2 “Be different” -today’s advertisement industry claims- “by buying this”. As if defining yourself depended on the
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The Daily Stoic for August 19th, “Corralling The Unnecessary”. “It is said that if you would have peace of mind, busy yourself with little. But wouldn’t a better saying be do what you must and as required of a rational being created for public life? For this brings not
The Daily Stoic for August 18th, “Only Fools Rush In”. “A good person is invincible, for they don’t rush into contests in which they aren’t the strongest. If you want their property, take it—take also their staff, profession, and body. But you will never compel what they
The Daily Stoic for August 17th, “The Buck Stops Here”. “For nothing outside my reasoned choice can hinder or harm it—my reasoned choice alone can do this to itself. If we would lean this way whenever we fail, and would blame only ourselves and remember that nothing but opinion
The Daily Stoic for August 16th, “Anything Can Be An Advantage”. “Just as the nature of rational things has given to each person their rational powers, so it also gives us this power—just as nature turns to its own purpose any obstacle or any opposition, sets its place in
The Daily Stoic for August 15th, “The Supreme Court Of Your Mind”. “This can be swiftly taught in very few words: virtue is the only good; there is no certain good without virtue; and virtue resides in our nobler part, which is the rational one. And what can this virtue
The Daily Stoic for August 14th, “This Isn’t For Fun. It’s For Life”. “Philosophy isn’t a parlor trick or made for show. It’s not concerned with words, but with facts. It’s not employed for some pleasure before the day is spent, or to relieve the
The Daily Stoic for August 13th, “Take Charge And End Your Troubles”. “You’ve endured countless troubles—all from not letting your ruling reason do the work it was made for—enough already!” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 9.26 My mother is a wise woman. Every time I’ve found myself
The Daily Stoic for August 12th, “Make The Words Your Own”. “Many words have been spoken by Plato, Zeno, Chrysippus, Posidonius, and by a whole host of equally excellent Stoics. I’ll tell you how people can prove their words to be their own—by putting into practice what they’
The Daily Stoic for August 11th. “No Time For Theories, Just Results”. “When the problem arose for us whether habit or theory was better for getting virtue—if by theory is meant what teaches us correct conduct, and by habit we mean being accustomed to act according to this theory—
The Daily Stoic for August 10th. “Perfection Is The Enemy Of Action”. “We don’t abandon our pursuits because we despair of ever perfecting them.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 1.2.37b Today’s stoic refers to this psychological cognitive distortion called “all or nothing”. It’s a way of thinking that
The Daily Stoic for August 9th. “Stick With Just The Facts”. “Don’t tell yourself anything more than what the initial impressions report. It’s been reported to you that someone is speaking badly about you. This is the report—the report wasn’t that you’ve been harmed. I
The Daily Stoic for August 8th, “Start With Where The World Is”. “Do now what nature demands of you. Get right to it if that’s in your power. Don’t look around to see if people will know about it. Don’t await the perfection of Plato’s Republic,
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The Daily Stoic for August 7th, “Pragmatic And Principled”. “Wherever a person can live, there one can also live well; life is also in the demands of court, there too one can live well.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 5.16 Recently, I was reminded that you can’t trust people. There’
The Daily Stoic for August 6th, “There Is Always More Room To Maneuver Than You Think”. “Apply yourself to thinking through difficulties—hard times can be softened, tight squeezes widened, and heavy loads made lighter for those who can apply the right pressure.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 10.4b
The Daily Stoic for August 5th, “Silence Is Strength”. “Silence is a lesson learned from the many sufferings of life.” —SENECA, THYESTES, 309 Today’s stoic focuses on exactly the same topic discussed on the Stoic from the 22nd of February, “What’s Better Left Unsaid”. So similarly to what
The Daily Stoic for August 4th, “No Blame, Just Focus”. “You must stop blaming God, and not blame any person. You must completely control your desire and shift your avoidance to what lies within your reasoned choice. You must no longer feel anger, resentment, envy, or regret.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.
The Daily Stoic for August 3rd. “The Good Life Is Anywhere”. “At this moment you aren’t on a journey, but wandering about, being driven from place to place, even though what you seek—to live well—is found in all places. Is there any place more full of confusion
The Daily Stoic for August 2nd. “We Can Work Any Way”. “Indeed, how could exile be an obstacle to a person’s own cultivation, or to attaining virtue when no one has ever been cut off from learning or practicing what is needed by exile?” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 9.37.
The Daily Stoic for August 1st. “Don’t Go Expecting Perfection”. “That cucumber is bitter, so toss it out! There are thorns on the path, then keep away! Enough said. Why ponder the existence of nuisance? Such thinking would make you a laughing-stock to the true student of Nature, just
The Daily Stoic for July 31st. “Your Career Is Not A Life Sentence”. “How disgraceful is the lawyer whose dying breath passes while at court, at an advanced age, pleading for unknown litigants and still seeking the approval of ignorant spectators.” —SENECA, ON THE BREVITY OF LIFE, 20.2 Today
The Daily Stoic for July 30, “Stoic Joy”. “Trust me, real joy is a serious thing. Do you think someone can, in the charming expression, blithely dismiss death with an easy disposition? Or swing open the door to poverty, keep pleasures in check, or meditate on the endurance of suffering?
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The Daily Stoic for July 29th, “A Cure For The Self”. “The person who has practiced philosophy as a cure for the self becomes great of soul, filled with confidence, invincible—and greater as you draw near.” — SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 111.2 After reading today’s stoic meditation, I have
The Daily Stoic for July 28th, “Check Your Privilege”. “Some people are sharp and others dull; some are raised in a better environment, others in worse, the latter, having inferior habits and nurture, will require more by way of proof and careful instruction to master these teachings and to be
The Daily Stoic for July 27th. “Where Is Anything Better?”. “Indeed, if you find anything in human life better than justice, truth, self-control, courage—in short, anything better than the sufficiency of your own mind, which keeps you acting according to the demands of true reason and accepting what fate
The Daily Stoic for July 26th. “When Good Men Do Nothing”. “Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 9.5 There have been many studies about the role of the German population in the Holocaust performed during the
The Daily Stoic for July 25th. “What’s On Your Tombstone?”. “When you see someone often flashing their rank or position, or someone whose name is often bandied about in public, don’t be envious; such things are bought at the expense of life. . . . Some die on the first rungs
The Daily Stoic for July 24th. “Somewhere Someone’s Dying”. “Whenever disturbing news is delivered to you, bear in mind that no news can ever be relevant to your reasoned choice. Can anyone break news to you that your assumptions or desires are wrong? No way! But they can tell
The Daily Stoic for July 23rd, “Receive Honors And Slights Exactly The Same Way”. “Receive without pride, let go without attachment.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.33 This is a very wise advice, and actually, a very hard one to follow if you ask me. We all like to feel proud
The Daily Stoic for July 22nd, “No One Has A Gun To Your Head”. “Nothing is noble if it’s done unwillingly or under compulsion. Every noble deed is voluntary.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 66.16b I agree that we need to do the right thing because we want to. Not
The Daily Stoic for July 21st. “Made For Working Together”. “Whenever you have trouble getting up in the morning, remind yourself that you’ve been made by nature for the purpose of working with others, whereas even unthinking animals share sleeping. And it’s our own natural purpose that is
The Daily Stoic for July 20th. “Made For Justice”. “The unjust person acts against the gods. For insofar as the nature of the universe made rational creatures for the sake of each other, with an eye toward mutual benefit based on true value and never for harm, anyone breaking nature’
The Daily Stoic for July 19th. “Forgive Them Because They Don’t Know”. “As Plato said, every soul is deprived of truth against its will. The same holds true for justice, self-control, goodwill to others, and every similar virtue. It’s essential to constantly keep this in your mind, for
The Daily Stoic for July 18th. “Each The Master Of Their Own Domain”. “My reasoned choice is as indifferent to the reasoned choice of my neighbor, as to his breath and body. However much we’ve been made for cooperation, the ruling reason in each of us is master of
The Daily Stoic for July 17th. “Don’t Abandon Others… Or Yourself”. “As you move forward along the path of reason, people will stand in your way. They will never be able to keep you from doing what’s sound, so don’t let them knock out your goodwill for
The Daily Stoic for July 16th. “Progress Of The Soul”. “To what service is my soul committed? Constantly ask yourself this and thoroughly examine yourself by seeing how you relate to that part called the ruling principle. Whose soul do I have now? Do I have that of a child,
The Daily Stoic for July 15th, “Doing The Right Thing Is Enough”. “When you’ve done well and another has benefited by it, why like a fool do you look for a third thing on top—credit for the good deed or a favor in return?” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 7.
The Daily Stoic for July 14th, “A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous”. “Every great power is dangerous for the beginner. You must therefore wield them as you are able, but in harmony with nature.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.13.20 We’ve never had access to such amount of knowledge as the
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The Daily Stoic for July 13th. “A Leader Leads”. “One person, on doing well by others, immediately accounts the expected favor in return. Another is not so quick, but still considers the person a debtor and knows the favor. A third kind of person acts as if not conscious of
The Daily Stoic for July 12th. “Some Simple Rules”. “In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.51
The Daily Stoic for July 11th. “The Start-up Of You”. “But what does Socrates say? ‘Just as one person delights in improving his farm, and another his horse, so I delight in attending to my own improvement day by day.’” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 3.5.14 Today’s daily stoic launches
The Daily Stoic for July 10th. “Love The Humble Art”. “Love the humble art you have learned, and take rest in it. Pass through the remainder of your days as one who whole-heartedly entrusts all possessions to the gods, making yourself neither a tyrant nor a slave to any person.
The Daily Stoic for July 9th, “The Philosopher King”. “For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 When you have a look at today’s politicians,
The Daily Stoic for July 8th. “Stop Monkeying Around”. “Enough of this miserable, whining life. Stop monkeying around! Why are you troubled? What’s new here? What’s so confounding? The one responsible? Take a good look. Or just the matter itself? Then look at that. There’s nothing else
The Daily Stoic for July 7th: “Our Duty To Learn”. “This is what you should teach me, how to be like Odysseus—how to love my country, wife and father, and how, even after suffering shipwreck, I might keep sailing on course to those honorable ends.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 88.
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The Daily Stoic for July 6th: “Rise And Shine”. “On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind—I am awakening to the work of a human being. Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very
The Daily Stoic for July 5th. “No One Said It’d Be Easy”. “Good people will do what they find honorable to do, even if it requires hard work; they’ll do it even if it causes them injury; they’ll do it even if it will bring danger. Again,
The Daily Stoic for July 4th, “Protect the flame”. “Protect your own good in all that you do, and as concerns everything else take what is given as far as you can make reasoned use of it. If you don’t, you’ll be unlucky, prone to failure, hindered and
The Daily Stoic for July 3rd. “Turn HAVE TO into GET TO”. “The task of a philosopher: we should bring our will into harmony with whatever happens, so that nothing happens against our will and nothing that we wish for fails to happen.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.14.7 So today’
The Daily Stoic for July 2nd. “On Duty And Circumstance”. “Never shirk the proper dispatch of your duty, no matter if you are freezing or hot, groggy or well-rested, vilified or praised, not even if dying or pressed by other demands. Even dying is one of the important assignments of
The Daily Stoic for July 1st. “Do Your Job”. “Whatever anyone does or says, for my part I’m bound to the good. In the same way an emerald or gold or purple might always proclaim: ‘whatever anyone does or says, I must be what I am and show my
The Daily Stoic for June 30th. “The Obstacle Is The Way”. “While it’s true that someone can impede our actions, they can’t impede our intentions and our attitudes, which have the power of being conditional and adaptable. For the mind adapts and converts any obstacle to its action
The Daily Stoic for June 29th. “No Excuses”. “It is possible to curb your arrogance, to overcome pleasure and pain, to rise above your ambition, and to not be angry with stupid and ungrateful people—yes, even to care for them.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.8 “God is a concept
The Daily Stoic for June 28th. “No Self-Flagellation Needed”. “Philosophy calls for simple living, but not for penance—it’s quite possible to be simple without being crude.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 5.5 It’s no secret I’ve always disliked the Christian religion. One of my main problems with
The Daily Stoic for June 26th. “Adversity Reveals”. “How does it help, my husband, to make misfortune heavier by complaining about it? This is more fit for a king—to seize your adversities head on. The more precarious his situation, the more imminent his fall from power, the more firmly
The Daily Stoic for June 26th. “Try The Opposite”. “What assistance can we find in the fight against habit? Try the opposite!” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 1.27.4 I find today’s Daily Stoic to be quite interesting. During our teenage years, we all want to fit in. We are scared
The Daily Stoic for June 25th. “The Wise Don’t Have Problems”. “This is why we say that nothing happens to the wise person contrary to their expectations.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 13.3b Today’s stoic excerpt seems to me like the part of yesterday’s stoic I
The Daily Stoic for June 24th. “The Truly Educated Aren’t Quarrelsome”. “The beautiful and good person neither fights with anyone nor, as much as they are able, permits others to fight . . . this is the meaning of getting an education—learning what is your own affair and what is not.
The Daily Stoic for June 23rd. “The Long Way Around”. “You could enjoy this very moment all the things you are praying to reach by taking the long way around—if you’d stop depriving yourself of them.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 12.1 This is one of those stoic teachings
The Daily Stoic for June 22nd. “The Definition Of Insanity”. “If you are defeated once and tell yourself you will overcome, but carry on as before, know in the end you’ll be so ill and weakened that eventually you won’t even notice your mistake and will begin to
The Daily Stoic for June 21st. “Take A Walk”. “We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 17.8 I cannot agree more with today’s stoic excerpt. Taking walks is
The Daily Stoic for June 20th. “Calm Is Contagious”. “If then it’s not that the things you pursue or avoid are coming at you, but rather that you in a sense are seeking them out, at least try to keep your judgment of them steady, and they too will
The Daily Stoic for June 19th, “Stay Focused On The Present”. “Don’t let your reflection on the whole sweep of life crush you. Don’t fill your mind with all the bad things that might still happen. Stay focused on the present situation and ask yourself why it’s
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The Daily Stoic for June 18th. “Prepared and active”. “Let Fate find us prepared and active. Here is the great soul—the one who surrenders to Fate. The opposite is the weak and degenerate one, who struggles with and has a poor regard for the order of the world, and
The Daily Stoic for June 17th. “Offense Or Defense?” “Fortune doesn’t have the long reach we suppose, she can only lay siege to those who hold her tight. So, let’s step back from her as much as possible.” —SENECA, MORAL LETTERS, 82.5b–6 I sincerely don’t
The Daily Stoic for June 16th. “No Shame In Needing Help”. “Don’t be ashamed of needing help. You have a duty to fulfill just like a soldier on the wall of battle. So what if you are injured and can’t climb up without another soldier’s help?” —MARCUS
eThe Daily Stoic for June 15th. “Listening Accomplishes More Than Speaking”. “To the youngster talking nonsense Zeno said, ‘The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is so we might listen more and talk less.’” —DIOGENES LAERTIUS, LIVES OF EMINENT PHILOSOPHERS, 7.1.23 Some daily stoics
The Daily Stoic for June 14th. “Try The Other Handle”. “Every event has two handles—one by which it can be carried, and one by which it can’t. If your brother does you wrong, don’t grab it by his wronging, because this is the handle incapable of lifting
The Daily Stoic for June 13th. “Life Is A Battlefield”. “Don’t you know life is like a military campaign? One must serve on watch, another in reconnaissance, another on the front line. . . . So it is for us—each person’s life is a kind of battle, and a long
The Daily Stoic for June 12th. “A Trained Mind Is Better Than Any Script” “In this way you must understand how laughable it is to say, ‘Tell me what to do!’ What advice could I possibly give? No, a far better request is, ‘Train my mind to adapt to any
The Daily Stoic for June 11th. “Just Don’t Make Things Worse”. “How much more harmful are the consequences of anger and grief than the circumstances that aroused them in us!” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 11.18.8 It’s true that when something goes wrong, getting angry is one of
The Daily Stoic for June 10th. “You Can Do It”. “If you find something very difficult to achieve yourself, don’t imagine it impossible—for anything possible and proper for another person can be achieved as easily by you.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.19 Success, failure, and the process of
The Daily Stoic for June 9th: “Solve Problems Early”. “There is no vice which lacks a defense, none that at the outset isn’t modest and easily intervened—but after this the trouble spreads widely. If you allow it to get started you won’t be able to control when
The Daily Stoic for June 8th. “Brick By Boring Brick”. “You must build up your life action by action, and be content if each one achieves its goal as far as possible—and no one can keep you from this. But there will be some external obstacle! Perhaps, but no