The Mental Arts Tidbit for February 18
The Wisdom of Epictetus
The Mental Arts Tidbit for the Day
On my commutes to the gym, there’s one sight that stands out in the trip from DC to Virginia.
A quote plastered on the side of a building that reads:
“No great thing is created suddenly.” - Epictetus
Epictetus believed that philosophy should be lived, not just thought about in thereotical discussions.
Whenever I encounter something that is difficult in my training, I remind myself of this quote. In early life, I was pressured to achieve things on a certain timeline. Now, I’ve realized that the timeline is partly determined by external factors outside of my control, and internal choices within my control. This helps me find patience and reassurance when I think that things are not improving as quickly as I want, or as I think they should.
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Where do you find yourself feeling impatient when it comes to your training? How might you begin to parse out the internal versus external influences?
Have You Heard?
Cody doesn’t usually do podcast interviews, but he said that he did this one because he liked me and the book we were discussing: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin.