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 identified as the employees, suppliers, and collaborators.
We Reap What We Sow
When you have a business, sooner or later you will have the opportunity of doing something shady and earn a good amount of money.
In Companio, I certainly have found myself in that situation. My business helps people register their companies in Estonia using the e-Residency program and manages their accountancy, taxes, etc. The business ecosystem has a lot of legit entrepreneurs, passionate innovators and honest merchants… But also lots of people willing to do things of doubtful honesty or legality.
Thus, as probably most entrepreneurs, I’ve been in this crossroad between what I think is right and what was offered to me. Luckily, in all these situations, I have managed to keep my mind cold and clear, and I have avoided the temptation.
Obviously, I’m no saint. During my lifetime I’ve made things I later regretted, or things I am not proud of. However, life has taught me that in all these occasions, when I have acted wrong, I have always received a fair punishment, even for the slightest “mistake”… Hence, I don’t have the smallest interest of doing something like that in any of my businesses. 🙂
And that would be my advice to you too. Be honest and legal. Work hard on your business. It will pay off in the end.
Today’s Daily Stoic, “We Reap What We Sow”, contains a good piece of advice: act honestly, no matter how much money there’s on the table.