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Unlocking Success through Clear Thinking: A Lesson from Marcus Aurelius

We live in a world where the vast majority believe they are deep thinkers. The reality is that deep contemplation is a rare skill set that few possess. To develop the skillset is a purposeful journey of evolution and growth. How many people do you know who are truly progressing in life and are adept agile thinkers? How many people get stuck in a perpetual cycle of addressing the same issues every year with no change?


The key to profound contemplation is clarity. Clear thoughts are unequivocal and allow you to capture the essence of an idea so you can logically formulate it. By mastering the art of clarity you become highly skilled and adaptable in your problem-solving skills. Clear thoughts give rise to purposeful actions that lead to instant feedback and outcomes.


The renowned Marcus Aurelius, known as the 'philosopher king,' was one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His greatness as a leader was a direct result of his mastery as a deep thinker. We have an exquisite collection of his thoughts in the book 'Meditations,' which was never meant to be published. They are reflections and deep thoughts on the intricacies of his actions and the consequences and how they are related. It is honestly a book that I read one to two times a year and have been doing so for almost two decades.


Conclusion: Embracing Clear Thinking

Embrace the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius. Create clarity by using clear thinking skills as the cornerstone of your problem-solving skills. to start this journey, here are five actionable steps you can implement today:


  1. Be Introspective: Spend time each day reflecting on your thoughts and actions, following Aurelius' example.

  2. Simplify Your Thoughts: Break down complex ideas into simple if-then statements to clarify your thinking.

  3. Seek and Accept Feedback: After acting on your thoughts, actively seek feedback to understand the outcomes and refine your approach.

  4. Journal Your Progress: Keep a journal to track your thoughts, actions, and the feedback you receive. This will help you see patterns and growth over time.

  5. Study Logical Thinking: Dedicate time to study logical thinking and reasoning to enhance your clarity of thought.

By following these steps, you can develop clearer thinking, improve your problem-solving skills, and better navigate the complexities of life.


James Bullock


Cover Image: Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

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