“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
This Wednesday we feature a special Mind Bullet episode that explores a topic that has fascinated some of the greatest minds of all time: Virtue. But this isn’t about being “virtuous” or better than other people.
Throwing it way back, 2,000 years ago the Stoics came to the conclusion that the development of one’s virtue — one’s self — is the highest good.
Taking it from another angle, where does a virtue come from? As the Aristotle quote above teaches, virtue is a habit.
No discussion of virtue is complete without talking about Ben Franklin, whose famed quest to develop and habitualize virtues led him to say, “I hope, therefore, that my descendants will follow this example and reap the benefits.” The most rewarding exercise in his life was crafting and tracking habits to form the virtues he wanted to embody!
Virtue is crafted via habit!
Listen in for inspiration on becoming the person you want to be and using HABIT and PARR to craft the virtues you long to embody.
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