The virtues of Stoic philosophy remind us that peace and tranquility is deep rooted in focusing on what is in your control. That requires our mind to filter out what we are not responsible for. This produces clarity of thought and focus to make quality choices. Therefore, we are best served when we target a unique career path that is our choice and within our control. This cannot be taken away from you.

Remember: you are responsible for your career – not your boss or the company you work for. Letting external forces and entities decide your path will only disrupt your serenity and constrain your freedom. Only you know how the combination of your unique talents can be best allocated to reach the highest potential of life.

Once you decide a unique path that is yours, embrace Seneca’s idea of euthymia – “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction”.

Superior performance in our careers does not come from following others into markets where there is abundant supply and lack of barriers to enter those markets at will. Avoid the distractions of the day to keep your focus on the path you control. Stay the course, while navigating through external forces and events that will cross your path. This strategic choice of your unique path is what can fuel your freedom and happiness.