Why Like Snoop Dogg We Should Thank Ourselves For Doing Stuff: The Great Stoic Philosophy Of Uncle Snoop

Snoop Dogg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He thanked himself in his ‘Thank You Speech.’

To quote him: “I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work, I want to thank me for having no days off, I want to thank me for never quitting, I want to thank me for always being a giver, and trying to give more than I receive, I want to thank me for doing more right than wrong, I want to thank me for being me at all times…”

That’s some cold ass truth.

We must thank ourselves for doing shit that gives potential to our success! If not, we need to accumulate such activities every day, so to be thankful to ourselves.

The Stoicism of Snoop Dogg

I doubt if Snoop Dogg considers himself stoic. To me, his speech embodies the ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism.

People who played different roles in society have practised stoicism: slaves (Epictetus), politicians, businessmen, soldiers, emperors (Marcus Aurelius) and artists.

It is a simple telling philosophy like:- “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it” or “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be – be one” (Marcus Aurelius in his book ‘Meditations’).

No, stoicism isn’t about doing or feeling nothing about everything and anything.

It is about ‘practising’ virtue. Virtue has to be lived with actions. It can’t be lived in words alone. Stoicism is about meditating to not be adversely affected by events in life.

Some people see their adversity as an excuse to not aim higher and do good: (as Uncle Snoop would say) working hard, giving, not quitting and doing right over wrong.

It is so easy to do wrong, act lazy, blame others, and aim at nothing difficult, especially because of circumstances.

We must try to show virtue at all times, and not go with the hype of pain or joy.

I.e. Brush our teeth every morning even if we don’t feel like it. It can be hard at times. But we have to do it. Or else we deteriorate into further chaos.

What makes a person is the actions they accumulate in life.

Events happen continuously, good and bad, whether we like it or not. The best we can do is form frameworks to not adversely be harmed by events.

Stoicism is one such framework.

Every day, LIKE THE STOICISM OF SNOOP DOGG, we must accumulate things we can thank ourselves for.

I.e. Taking action on achieving our goals. Writing that proposal. Learning and practising that skill. Making up our beds. Waking up early to get things done. Being respectful. Greeting people.

What do you thank yourself for doing yesterday? I gave my little sister a call. I sent that email.

Did all the things I ever do become a success? No. But I thank myself that I am a doer. An everyday doer. With this attitude and trait, I can go after many other things. I am match fit for success.