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The Minimalist Guide to the Heart of Virtue No Questions Asked

It’s true the minimalist concept usually applies to a political position/philosophy.  It can also relate to certain approaches in the arts.

I’m bastardizing the use of the word in the title of this post to make a point.

Here, I use the word to ultimately reduce the concept of virtue(s) down to the single most important virtue.

Why is that important?  Well, it goes way back in time to what Marcus Tullius Cicero had to say on the subject.

But, first, let’s be clear on what the concept of virtue(s) actually means.

You could say in its simplest form the word, virtue, means exhibiting behavior of high moral standards.  On another level the word can connote the good result that comes from something.  It can even mean a capacity to act.

All of this presents an important question for you.  Depending on your answer to the question the results of your efforts to succeed in life could be good or they could be not so good, AKA…bad.

The question?

Will you choose to live your life with high moral standards which give you the capacity to act with peace of mind at all times?

Let’s presume your answer is yes.  Then, what becomes critical to your success is understanding what virtues are necessary to live a life of “high moral standards.”

Yes, I will get to what Cicero had to say on the topic of virtue.  But, let’s consider a few others before we get to the one he thinks is above all others.

What I’m going to do to help you with your understanding of virtues is to provide you with a series of expert opinions on the topic.

First among those experts, in my opinion, is Aristotle.  In this article, you will be exposed to three major ideas plus glean a deeper understanding of eleven virtues for living a fulfilling life.  Taken in its total the information you gain will give you a solid framework for achieving success in your life.

About four years ago, Forbes published an excellent article entitled, The Ten Golden Rules for Living the Good Life.  The article’s contributor is Panos Mourdoukoutas.  He asks eight questions at the beginning of the article the answers to which provide a clear plan for you to succeed in any way you choose.

Benjamin Franklin was no slouch when it came to understanding the virtues necessary for living a successful life.  In fact, he believed there were thirteen such virtues.

History will confirm he wasn’t always successful in living every virtue at every moment.  However, just making the effort helped him lead what most people would agree was a very successful life.

Now, when it comes to this whole idea of the importance of virtues in living a successful life I can’t give you “57 Varieties.”  However, I can introduce you to a “gorilla” of an article which will give you 52 virtues.

It’s worth you facing down this “gorilla” because there is truly valuable depth of insight for you.

Back to Cicero’s opinion on the topic…I find it amazing that nowhere in any of the above sources do they mention “the heart of virtue” as professed by Cicero.  They come close but never really say it out loud!

So, what does Marcus Tullius Cicero say?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

There you have it—a minimalist view on the single most important virtue to your success as a human being and in life.heart-71449_1920

What is the first thing you are going to do to demonstrate the virtue of gratitude to your loved ones?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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