Ancient Lessons for Dealing With Today’s Life Challenges

Understand your limitations, know what’s inside your control, and more

Darius Foroux
4 min readJun 25, 2024

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I’ve been writing about the philosophy of Stoicism since 2015. A Stoic mindset has truly changed the way I do everything.

I apply Stoicism to my happiness, work, finances, and even relationships. This Stoic mindset allowed me to leverage ancient lessons into my entire life.

The other day I was talking about this change with a friend. He asked me:

“What does the Stoic mindset really mean?”

Let me explain.

What is Stoicism?

When I first stumbled upon Stoicism, I saw it as an intriguing philosophy. Now, after years of practice, I see it as a practical guide for life.

Founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the 3rd century BC, Stoicism was further developed and popularized by thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus.

The stoic mindset encourages us to develop self-control, resilience, and the ability to overcome destructive emotions.

It’s about focusing on virtue — the highest form of wisdom — as the sole good.

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Darius Foroux

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