Eutemia

Eutemia
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Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

“According to Seneca, the Greek word Eutemia is one we should think of often.  It is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it.  It’s not about beating or having more than the other guy.  It’s about being what you are and being as good as possible at it without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it.  It’s about going where you set out to go.  It’s about accomplishing the most you are capable of in what you choose.  No more.  No Less.” …” Eutemia means tranquility in English.  It’s time to sit down and think about what’s truly important to you and then take steps to forsake the rest.  Without this success will not be pleasurable or nearly as complete as it could be.  Or worse, it won’t last.  This is especially true with money.  If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes – More.  And so without thinking, critical energy is diverted from a person’s calling and toward filling a bank account. ”

This passage is from the book Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

Ryan is Chief Editor at Every Day, Getting Better. Ryan has been a basketball coach for over 20 years. Having coached at both the high school and middle school levels, Ryan felt it was time to pass on the stories and quotes that he has used to help motivate his teams. Ryan also contributes to the leadership development programs for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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