Trichotomy of control - Issue #23


Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed last week’s Madness. There’s a lot more in store this week.


Good morning guys,

So, I began reading this book and managed to finish it in 24 hours. The principles in this book were so enriching and profound. That I’d like to share my favourite teaching from this book on the subject matter of trichotomy of control.

  • Things over which we have complete control (our goals we set ourselves) - The author goes onto suggests worrying about the possible outcome of actions that are not in our control is futile. Therefore, we should preserve our energy and action outcomes that are in our complete control since the result of those actions would be guaranteed.

Epictetus highlights we have complete control over our opinions, impulses, desires and aversions.

However, I would disagree with Epictetus because to a certain extent I have acted on my impulses based on ‘some but not complete control’. A prime example to highlight would be exercising on my impulsive desire to indulge in junk food if I’m on a clean diet.

  • Things over which we have no control at all (like the weather or the sunrise) - the author goes on to emphasis we should not waste our time and energy, since we have no control over the outcome.

  • Things over which we have some but not complete control (winning a football game in gloomy rainy weather)

This provided clarity in understanding what goals I should value and how to focus my energy and time.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll catch you next week.

Yours truly,

Abhishek

Cool stuff, I found last week

  1. Article - How Anne-Laure Le Cunff Wrote 200 Articles in One year, in her refreshing strategy of ’Plus, minus next’ - she reviews her week every Sunday. Focusing on three tasks to accomplish within with a clear understanding of what she’s doing and why she’s doing it.

  2. Video - What is imposter syndrome and how you can combat it?

  3. Video - Abstract: The Art of Design | Paula Scher: Graphic Design, this 40 minute documentary was so influential and allowed me to understand the importance of topography.

  4. Book - A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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