"Don't just allow your children to study philosophy; encourage them to do so. Also study it yourself and urge them on with frank discussions. Do this, and you will be able to say to even blood relatives that you raised your children with the interests not only of the family but the nation in mind, inasmuch as you provided it with the most desirable sort of citizen." Musonius
You love philosophy not because I forced it upon you -- that would be impossible for a strong boy like you -- but because I love philosophy and through osmosis you love it too. Like the act of reading itself, a child doesn't simply pick up a book; a child pick up a habit of the beloved parents.
When I talk with you, I occasionally test you not to catch you doing something wrong but instead to catch you doing something right, even if it is right by a smidgen. That glimmer of ability would be sufficient to develop if you so choose. I can only support. It is you who would need to do the heavy lifting but it would be the type of work you enjoy, to build upon, to impress yourself by knowing how far you have come.
There have been countless people who spend a good chunk of their lives on their profession, how to do certain procedures, improving upon techniques, in order to be more employable. However, how many of those same people would spend as much time and effort to refine how best to respond to life's many disappointments or even to life's sporadic windfalls?
Given what I have seen, not too many people. Too many run to anger or sadness when they encounter problems. As a result, some turn to drink or entertainment yet the problem remains. Conversely, too many run to arrogance or gluttony when they encounter good luck. As a result, they squander their good fortune and as chance would have it they soon begin to encounter bad luck. The reason why they run away in both situations is because they feel they have no control over the matter, that the failure or success doesn't belong to them. This is true because people who work hard and earn their fortune, or while working hard encounter problems but continue to push forward because they truly want to achieve their goal, they act with gratefulness and strength, respectively.
How to handle life's scenarios with grace and purpose requires as much time, instruction, and refinement as any professional training would require, if not more. If their parents were to have imbued them with philosophy as soon as they are able to say, "Daddy" or "Mamma," then their actions and reactions would be quite commendable and natural. They would not be afraid of hardship. They would not be haughty when they gain a little bit of luck. They would be humble even when they earned their reward, because they believe there was a small possibility divinity's hand played a part.
But it is not too late for those whose parents weren't imbued with philosophy themselves. Like in their professions, they can train to be a philosopher. They can start by learning from those whose traits they find admirable. They can also start by noticing the behaviors of those they find regrettable. They will see what they can do more of, and what they can do less of. With continual practice, in a variety of situations in everyday life, they can't help but become philosophers even without realizing they already play the part: they have the love of wisdom -- chasing after and every so often catching wisdom for a time -- not that they are already wise.
They would discover also that good qualities don't necessarily originate from the outside; they can be unlocked from within. When you know how to act properly such that you respect yourself, who wouldn't want to employ you? It would not last, however, since you will further discover you can employ yourself. Since you can get a great soul and a noble character from yourself, why would you want or seek a farm, money, or some high office from others?
You have great joy, strength, and influence within you, Epictetus, to do so much good for yourself and for all those around you.
"Do not tell people what they should do when you do what you should not." Musonius