Saturday Morning Rounds
A weekly round-up of career & negotiation content for women physicians
What got our attention
If we had to write a short list of the schools of thought that most strongly influence our curriculum - especially the lifestyle design and negotiations portions - stoicism would be way up there.
And we're not alone. High-performers the world round - from Roman emperors to world-champion athletes, from T-Pain to Anna Kendrick - have looked to stoicism for practical wisdom on how to live and do well.
Which brings us to this week's article. Whether you're deeply familiar with the tradition or just now heard of it for the first time, this short read is a great examination of some of the most important traits that the stoics taught and embodied.
Many people, when they hear "stoicism," think "denial of emotion." And while the stoics were certainly world-class emotional regulators, there's so much more to the philosophy than that. In our "tip of the week," we will break down the 9 traits from the article and show how you can apply each one to negotiations and the business of medicine in general.
Who we're following
Stoicism is full of proverbs and aphorisms, which means that one of the best ways to learn about it is actually to do so slowly and intentionally, treating its concepts as opportunities for daily practice rather than a tome of knowledge to absorb as quickly as you can. The Daily Stoic (@dailystoic) is a great Twitter account to follow if you're interested in doing so. They post (you guessed it!) daily pull quotes from the annals of stoic wisdom - perfectly digestible little tidbits to contemplate and to put into action throughout your day.
BBMD tip of the week
As promised, here we'll break down the 9 traits from the article and draw some specific connections to your world and concepts that we've highlighted before.
The article is definitely worth reading on its own to get some more context, but here are the traits that the author believes were widely shared among stoic leaders and philosophers:
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Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!