Quintus Curtius is an attorney, writer, translator, and former Marine officer. His books deal with a variety of ethical, moral, and character topics, using examples in history, biography, literature, and philosophy. The result is both unique and inspiring. His podcasts are his personal dialogues with listeners.
He can be found at www.qcurtius.com
Sometimes You Have To Make Allowances For People
Sometimes you have to accept the flaws and issues that people have, in order to accomplish the greater good. If you are in a leadership position, the priority is mission accomplishment. All else is secondary. Your people will not all be flawless: some will have issues. If someone is a top performer, sometimes you have to learn to work around those flaws, as long as his abilities merit consideration. In special situations, you have to make allowances for people. Circumstances will be the judge of this principle--and it should not be abused.
The Lack Of Thankfulness
There are many people who manifest a lack of thankfulness in their daily lives. This comes across not only in how they treat others, but in how they treat themselves. Lack of gratitude comes down to a failure of will: a failure to appreciate the real potential that lies within, and a failure to understand how short life can be. Stop looking for free handouts, and start being someone who offers value.
Sometimes You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
If you are out there pursuing your goals, overcoming obstacles, and blasting through barriers, there will be times when you take on more than you can handle. You will misjudge situations and, as the saying goes, will "bite off more than you can chew." This is part of the growth process. This applies both professionally and personally. Don't let the opinions of others diminish your focus. Deal with the situation as best you can, and chalk it up to life.
Do The Job You Were Assigned To Do
When you are in a position of leadership or responsibility, you must carry out your duties. You don't have a choice: the mission comes first. Too many people today want the benefits of being "in charge," without being mindful of the responsibilities. Life is not about having “fun,” enjoying frivolities, and basking in vanity. In 2020, we saw many examples of mayors and governors dodging their fundamental obligation to keep public order and discipline. We discuss one such example, and seek wider lessons.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
A reader writes to ask for advice on whether he should travel to the US to attend college. His family wants him to stay where he is, but he longs for wider horizons and new opportunities. Each option has advantages and drawbacks.
"Am I Too Quiet And Withdrawn?"
A 20-year-old man working in law enforcement tends to be quiet and introverted. He's serious and goal-oriented. Some of his colleagues mistakenly put a negative spin on this, and this is causing him to wonder if he needs to make some personality changes. We offer some thoughts on the situation.
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An Essential Listen
Quintus Curtius brings everything from ancient wisdom to street-smart advice in this podcast. As a young man setting out in the world, I find value in his words and recommend this podcast to those who value knowledge and adventure.
Very insightful and wise
QC is my internet dad. He teaches me stuff I need to know. Give it a listen. I can’t get enough.