Gary Vee Drops Some Stoic Wisdom
What Gary Vee is indirectly referencing in the clip above is the Stoic philosophy of Memento Mori, which is translated as “remember you will die.”
The ancient Stoics who lived about 2000 years ago were obsessed with the idea, and wrote endlessly about the benefits of keeping death at the forefront of our minds.
They believed that by remaining aware of our own mortality, we could lead a calmer, more purposeful, and more deeply meaningful life.
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote:
You may leave this life at any moment: have this possibility in your mind in all that you do, or say, or think.
Epictetus, a man born into a 30 year slave sentence added:
Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible be daily before your eyes, but chiefly death, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
The Stoic philosopher Seneca added some functional suggestions for how to embody this philosophy, writing:
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 day is never short of time.
So whether it's how hot Johnny thinks you are, or how you choose to deal with your loved ones today, keep Memento Mori in mind, or as Marcus Aurelius wrote:
You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind. And you will immediately make vast space for yourself .
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