Marcus Aurelius—one of the greatest emperors Rome would ever know—wrote in Meditations: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength”. It is within your reaction to outside events that you show the kind of person you strive to be. Yes, your clients might cause you to brim with the need to chuck your computer out of the window and never take another design job ever again; yes, it sucks when a colleague gives you a disparaging comment about an idea you proposed; yes, your boss might be the biggest asswipe on this plane. But, as Marcus Aurelius says it is within your power to choose how you respond. You might feel under-appreciated, undervalued, and each and every slight chips away at your identity, but you can choose not to be angry, not to be sad, and not to feel sorry for yourself. It might sound entirely absurd, but it is also one of the most radical things you can do. Each time you succeed in not letting outside events run havoc on your emotions, you become better equipped to deal with the next challenge.
—an excerpt from our latest article on burnout
Design and article by @julie_smits
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