5 Principles from Stoicism that Changed My Life

Take a Pause with Varun Duggirala

Mar 27 2023 • 19 mins

If there was a guidebook on how to deal with the unprecedented challenges life throws at you, a lot of this anxiety and pressure we carry inside ourselves everyday would just vanish. When the pandemic struck, Varun Duggirala found himself surrounded by anxiety of losing control and not knowing how to let go of it. That’s when he found his way to Stoicism, an age-old Greek philosophy that taught him how to regain his control and deal with whatever the universe throws at you! In this episode of Take aPause, Varun Duggirala shares the 5 core things Stoicism taught him and how you can use these tools to live a calmer life where you get to decide your narrative!


(00:00 - 04:28) Intro How Varun Found His Way To Stoicism

(04:29 - 06:15) Learning 1 "Focus On What Is Under Your Control..."

(06:19 - 09:13) Learning 2 Concept Of Amor Fati

(09:16 - 13:27) Learning 3 "What Comes In The Way Becomes The Way..."

(13:30 - 15:10) Learning 4 "Don't React, Respond..."

(15:13 - 19:12) Learning 5 "Moving Forward Vs Moving On"

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About the show “Take apause with Varun Duggirala” ( previously “The Varun Duggi show”) is a twice a week podcast that’s meant to enable its listeners to take a pause amidst the chaos of their daily lives to learn tools, embrace ideas and soak in concepts that will help them find motivation, build the right mindset and perform  at their best. Varun also occasionally taps into the minds of truly interesting people to give listeners a learn from and use in their  work, life and everything in-between.

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