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Investing lessons from Epictetus: Focus on what you can control

from CFA Institute Enterprising Investor

The Enchiridion, a manual of ethical advice by the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, begins with a simple distinction: “Some things are up to us and some are not up to us. Our opinions are up to us, and our impulses, desires, aversions — in short, whatever is our own doing. Our bodies are not up to us, nor are our possessions, our reputations, or our public offices, or, that is, whatever is not our own doing.” Those things that fall into the first category are “free” in Epictetus’s view, while those in the second are “enslaved.” If we understand how to distinguish between the two, we can free ourselves from wasted time and energy. more

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