There are many things we can do to create success and happiness; but here are 3 essentials!

There are many things we can do to create success and happiness; but here are 3 essentials!

via the Ladders by Andrew Ferebee

What I love about this question is that it doesn’t separate happiness from success.

As you alluded to in your question, you cannot have success without first having happiness. And happiness oftentimes leads to greater societal success.

After grinding my life away for years, I’ve realized that life is about simple pleasures and joys and that happiness is attainable at any moment.

As I look back at the past 18 months (the happiest and most financially successful of my life), there are three habits that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Habit 1: Developing a stoic mindset

Stoicism is a branch of philosophy that has been popularized by authors like Ryan HolidayTim Ferriss, and William Irvine.

Its basic premise is that, through constant self-improvement and development of self-control, we can transcend the chaos of daily life and live in a state of peace and prosperity.

Or, as the guys over at Daily Stoic | Stoic Wisdom For Everyday Life put it:

Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.

I committed to the stoic philosophy in my early 20’s and it has had a profound impact on my life and success.

It’s helped me embrace minimalism, appreciate the brevity of life, and truly learn to control my emotions and master my mind.

One of the best habits that you can pick up is to read a book on Stoic philosophy for 30 minutes each morning. (I recommend Meditations, The Handbook, and Letters from a Stoic)…

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