My Stoicism

How Stoicism Shaped My Way of Thinking About Life

Antonio Scapellato

Antonio Scapellato

Mar 10, 20247 min read

My Stoicism

As a tech startup founder and former tech lead, my journey through the tumultuous waters of entrepreneurship has been guided by the principles of Stoicism. Stoicism, an ancient philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BCE, offers timeless wisdom on how to navigate life's challenges with grace, resilience, and wisdom.

At its core, Stoicism teaches us to focus on what is within our control, accept what is not, and cultivate an inner strength that allows us to endure and thrive in the face of adversity. It has profoundly influenced my way of thinking about life, shaping my perspective on success, failure, and everything in between.

Embracing Virtue and Excellence

Stoicism emphasizes the importance of living a life of virtue and excellence, regardless of external circumstances. It encourages us to cultivate qualities such as wisdom, courage, temperance, and justice, striving to be the best version of ourselves in every situation.

Finding Serenity in Acceptance

One of the fundamental tenets of Stoicism is the concept of acceptance—the idea that we should accept with equanimity whatever life throws our way. By embracing acceptance, we free ourselves from the grip of negative emotions such as fear, anger, and anxiety, finding serenity and peace of mind even in the midst of chaos.

Practicing Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Stoicism teaches us to view adversity as an opportunity for growth and learning. Rather than succumbing to despair or defeat, we can choose to respond with resilience, using challenges as stepping stones to greater strength and resilience.

Living in Harmony with Nature

Stoicism urges us to live in harmony with the natural order of the universe, recognizing our place within the broader context of existence. By aligning ourselves with nature, we can find meaning and purpose in our lives, embracing the interconnectedness of all things.

Stoic Quotes to Live By

Here are some of my favorite Stoic quotes that have guided me on my journey:

  • "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." – Marcus Aurelius

  • "Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." – Marcus Aurelius

  • "It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor." – Seneca

  • "No man is free who is not master of himself." – Epictetus

  • "Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times." – Epictetus

In conclusion, Stoicism has been a guiding light on my path through the ups and downs of life and entrepreneurship. Its timeless wisdom continues to shape my way of thinking, helping me to find peace, purpose, and fulfillment in every moment. By embracing the principles of Stoicism, we can cultivate a life of virtue, resilience, and inner peace, no matter what challenges may come our way.


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