January 18

“Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none or yours.” – Epictetus

While today’s thought clearly reminds us to mind our own business, I am focused more on the first part of the thought. While it is important to stay out of other people’s business it is a lot easier to do so if you remain focused on trying to make the things that do concern you as good as they can be.

There are other people in the world with the same job as you, you are not the only person in any of the relationships you are in, and you are not the only citizen in your community. Undoubtedly the other people involved in each of those situations do not always perform their tasks the same way that you do nor will they always fulfill their role to your liking. That doesn’t matter.

Focus instead on always getting better at your job. Focus entirely on making what you bring into a relationship the absolute best you have to offer. Focus entirely on being the greatest benefit to your community that you can. Then when you have done that, look again and find one thing you could be better at and work on getting better at that.

Getting better at whatever you do is a lifelong pursuit. You will never be finished and you will never have time to worry about what everyone else is doing. So keep improving and let others worry about the same.

virtus fortis vocat


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