…and can have the greatest impact for positive change in your life.
Now, this article is really just my opinion but I think it’s pretty un-controversial and whether you agree or not, should at least provoke some thinking (which when it comes to self-help has to be a good thing).
What Are Cicero’s 6 Mistakes Of Man?
I love Cicero’s 6 Mistakes of Man. I will go on to tell you why, getting back to the title of this article, but first for those who have never heard of Cicero’s 6 Mistakes of Man, here they are:
“The Six Mistakes of Man
- The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.
- The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
- Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
- Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
- Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.
- Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C. — 43 B.C.)
before I go on to talk more about these, I should thank Mitch Mitchell. I have long thought that the above are pretty much all the philosophy I need (which I accept could also be because I am too lazy to read much more in-depth study) and I have been intending to write an article about my love for this particular piece. That being said, today I stumbled across this article: Know Your Audience Part II on Mitch’s site and it reminded me to write this article (and what better time than right away – I have 20 minutes before we go out for a walk so hopefully I finish it & hit publish in time). Thanks Mitch.
Mitch’s article is basically about another example of Mistake #1 above.
What Do Each Of These ‘6 Mistakes Of Man’ Mean?
I was going to write a little about each one and perhaps what I personally think of each. The reason for this was that I felt I needed to add more rather than just post the list for your attention. I’ve changed my mind on that front. I am happy to share my thoughts. I am happy to write a longer post (I could easily write a part II to this – as I said, I genuinely love this particular piece of philosophy).
So why have I changed my mind? Well, the whole point of these is their simplicity. Hopefully they don’t need much explanation, each speaks for itself and I hope that reading them, like me, you can easily think of examples in your own experience that relate (like the one from Mitch’s site that reminded me to write this – I know I could easily find hundreds more of that one).
So Why Is This All The Self-Help You’ll Ever Need?
By the same token as I just stated above, I reckon that these 6 concepts are both powerful and fundamental enough to cover most self-help teachings that have followed. If you’ve read a lot of self-help books, my guess is they don’t say too much which is different to what Cicero told us above. At least a lot of the teachings will be variations on Cicero’s 6 mistakes. Please do let me know if you think different (and not just to prove me wrong, I haven’t exactly researched this, my point is just that I think this is pretty much all the self-help you need – what I’d like to know is, do you agree?)