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Day 17: Empower Network Blogging Challenge – Jonathan Cronstedt

Cronstedt: ‘Life is part of the blogging challenge’

I couldn’t be more excited to be blogging with you as part of Empower Network’s 21-Day Blogging Challenge. The piece I wanted to share with you today is by Seneca, one of the greatest contributors to Stoicism, called “The Shortness of Life.”

I’ll get into it briefly in this post, but you can also check out my video on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/awU0b903HzU.

This essay is a must-read for anyone wanting to achieve the most out of life. It offers a jarringly different take on measuring success while looking at it through a lens that highlights… well, the shortness of life. Seneca talks about the fact that people are very protective and thrifty over personal property, income and savings, yet incredibly generous and giving of their time.

The only asset we have that we can’t buy more of is time. As Seneca explains, we waste a lot of our lives spending time chasing other people’s successes or doing things like attending meetings we don’t really want to attend.

It really shines a light on how profound and powerful your life can be if you understand that the only constraints you have are the constraints you place on yourself. If I were to be completely honest with myself, I’d have to constantly remind myself: Nobody controls Jonathan Cronstedt’s actions except Jonathan Cronstedt.

I find this essay extremely profound, especially as the New Year begins. Ask yourself: How much of your life do you really own? Now is a great time to study this piece and let it sink in. If you aren’t jumping out of bed to passionately live your dream every morning, most likely things won’t change this year.

If you need a change, I highly recommend checking out this essay. And if you’re interested in blogging, it isn’t too late to start. Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in the industry, is now available. Sign up for a trial here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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