Self-Mastery comes through developing certain personal core strengths. If you're like most people, you've tried to develop good habits and attempt to practice certain virtues, but even though you hold these ideals, you haven't been able to actually develop them by yourself. You are looking for a practical way to develop your strengths and a concrete method to achieve self-mastery.
This course will give you a thorough understanding of how to attain self-mastery through developing virtues/arete (personal core strengths). You will learn the foundations of the psychology of virtue, how these core strengths relate to one another and how they help you become master of yourself, and finally, you will learn some practical steps you can take to develop these core strengths and become master of yourself.
PLUS - I will be adding bonus videos periodically to answer common questions
You might find it helpful at this point to use the Guide to the Virtues ebook provided in the next lecture as a tool for some self-reflection. Now that we've gone over briefly how to better understand the nature of the virtues/arete and the path to mastery, you can begin to apply the list of the virtues from the ebook to your own personal character and life.
Here's what some students have found very helpful:
Spend some time in reflection and look through the Guide to the Virtues ebook, take note of specific points relevant to your particular life circumstances. Once you've applied the list of virtues to your specific situation, create three categories: Doing OK; Could Do Better; and Needs More Work – and assign each of the virtues to one of these three categories based on where you stand in relation to that virtue.
Remember, being virtuous is not so much about following certain rules, but rather it is about developing certain personal strengths of character. Some of these virtues (i.e. character strengths) might come easier to you, while others may at present take more effort. Nonetheless, you have the potential to develop any of them - all of them, if you so choose, and dedicate the time and effort necessary to work on them. We will be discussing some general principles of how to develop them later in the course. For now, just use the Guide to evaluate yourself to see which virtues come easily to you, which could use a little bit of work, and which are particularly challenging to you?
I'd love to hear what you discover about yourself. I read every email.
Here is the Guide to Virtues ebook mentioned in the previous lecture. Follow the instructions there using this ebook as a helpful tool and guide.
The Sherlock Holmes of helping people chart the path to excellence.
I am an educational revolutionary, a consulting formator, entrepreneur, linguist, and amateur viticulturist. I have taught high school and college students in traditional, online/e-learning, and blended formats, and I have delved deeply into the research of psychology and philosophy to develop a systematic practical approach to Human Formation - the Psychology of Character and Personal Development.
My specialty is training leaders to develop greater authenticity and the core strengths of virtuous leadership. I am consulting currently with several educational institutions to help them implement programs and curricula that form students to become men and women of character, leaders of integrity and wisdom. I also help individuals like you to cultivate better relationships and habits in your personal and professional life.
My wife and I started our first business in 2013. Acropolis Scholars, LLC aims at helping people cultivate the Art of Learning and the Art of Living. As co-director of the organization, I oversee tutoring, foreign language training, consulting, and workshops on leadership & character development.
I have lived in Italy on two occasions, led a pilgrimage on foot to Santiago de Compostela, and relied on my skill in Spanish to help me survive a near-fatal illness while travelling through the Andes in Peru. I have spent 18+ years of experience studying and developing methods of rapid language acquisition, and became fluent in Scottish Gaelic at age 13 (self-taught). I am currently conversant in Italian and Spanish, have a reading knowledge of French and Latin, have a basic competency in Classical Greek, and have recently begun dabbling in Arabic.