“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Stoicism, an ancient philosophy, is extremely popular right now. And with what’s going on in the world, it’s easy to see why. If you want to read more, I highly recommend the Big Three – Meditations, Letters From A Stoic by Seneca, and Discourses by Epictetus.
But even if you never read a single book, just memorize and reflect on the above quote. That’s plenty. It’s the essence of Stoicism and clarifies everything you need to do.
Focus on what you can control. Ignore everything else.
You can’t control whether you get an audition for a great part.
You CAN control reading tons of plays to find a great part.
You can’t control being cast in an inspiring project.
You CAN control producing your own inspired project.
You can’t control whether the audience will think you’re great.
You CAN control your work ethic, your attitude, and your willingness to persevere no matter what.