How Seneca Changed My Life As A Writer: 7 Stoic Quips Every Modern Writer Should Embody

#5 almost sums it all up

Rick Martinez


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If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable

What this means to you as a writer is that you need to have a clear sense of purpose and direction to succeed. You can’t just drift aimlessly, hoping that you make it somewhere eventually. To reach your writing goals, you must be deliberate about every step you take and understand where it is leading.

Seneca’s quote helped me stay focused on becoming a better writer. Every day, I would remind myself that no matter how challenging the writing process was, it was all part of the journey.

Knowing that my hard work and dedication would pay off in the end kept me motivated to keep going.

A great captain sails on, even with his canvas in tatters; even if he has scrapped the ship’s equipment, he keeps the remnants of his vessel on course

This means to me as a writer that you should never give up, no matter how difficult it may be. Even if the odds are stacked against you, keep writing and pushing forward until you reach your goal.

Seneca’s words reminded me that even when I faced times of doubt or discouragement, I could always find a way to stay on track and persevere toward my writing ambitions.

This idea alone has been a great source of strength and motivation for me during the more brutal moments.

You act like mortals in all that you fear and like immortals in all that you desire

This means to you as a writer that you should be aware that your writing is limited and finite, but also have faith in yourself to create something timeless. You should strive for excellence by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and challenging what’s possible.

Seneca’s quote helped me stay humble about my work but ambitious enough to keep striving for something better. It also reminded me that becoming a great writer was not unattainable but…



Rick Martinez

My journey began on food stamps • I help CEOs & entrepreneurs write & publish books that give them authority & legacy • Former CEO turned ghostwriter