Wise & Wealthy: Abundance thinking and overcoming anxiety

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#131 – July 1, 2024

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Wise: Using your anxiety

Roughly 2000 years ago, the Stoic philosopher Seneca said this about anxiety:

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

I bet we suffer way more in imagination today compared to when Seneca said that. Life today is a lot safer and better than when Seneca lived. Yet, a lot of people still experience anxiety.

You can’t make your anxiety go away. But you can certainly use it as an asset. One way to do that is to use it as a “change indicator.

For example, if you go to work every day with a feeling of anxiety, it can be a sign to ask yourself: “Is this really the right job for me?”

By listening to your anxiety – without letting it overpower your mind – you can see what you need to change to make your life better.

In my latest article, I share two more ways to use your anxiety as an asset.

3 Ways Your Anxiety Can Help You

Wealthy: Abundance thinking

My natural state of mind is one of scarcity. I used to cling to every dollar I made.

I think that comes from my upbringing. But as I got older, I trained myself to adopt a different thinking pattern—one of abundance.

Rosamund and Zander, the authors of The Art of Possibility, explained this mindset best:

“You are more likely to extend your business and have a fulfilled life it you have the attitude that there are always new customers out there waiting to be enrolled rather than that money, customers, and ideas are in short supply.“

The point is that the more generous you are, the more generously you will be rewarded. It sounds abstract, but it truly works.

In my latest article, I share four tips for adopting that mindset.

The Art of Possibility: Embrace Abundance and Let Go of Control

One interesting thing

My new book, The Stoic Path to Wealth, is coming out in two weeks. This is a big moment for me. But I try to not make it too big in my mind.

I once read that Socrates said the following:

“He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

I believe this is 100% true. If we don’t appreciate what we currently have, we will also not appreciate the things we will have tomorrow.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this edition of Wise & Wealthy useful.

All the best,


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