Daily Stoic Entry #98: What Bad Assumptions, Habits, or Advice Have I Accepted?
April 8th, 2022
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How do we truly we've adopted a bad assumption? I find this quite difficult to pin down and that makes this question frustrating. Because at the same time we often know the unhealthy habits we've adopted are bad for us. Mainly because we feal guilt or shame around the subject and make excuses. For me it's a bad soda and energy drink habit or the occasional indulgence in pornography. The latter is getting better though.
Bad advice is tricky to sus out at times. When you seek lots of advice from people, the internet, books, or other professional options, it is easy to get lost in the sea of information. Often conflicting information and pieces of advice. So how do we know we have the right piece of advice we can follow? This is the key question that I sometimes have trouble with.
However, I tend to believe the answer lies in simplicity. Good advice doesn't oversell and keeps its points simple. I've said before a simple plan executed well trumps a great plan executed poorly. The same holds true for advice, assumptions, habits, or whatever. Most of the results come from practicing the simple pieces over the complex ones.
Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.