One time, Alexander the Great went to meet Diogenes because he was impressed that the philosopher (Diogenes) was so highly admired despite having neither money nor power.
The accounts of Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius recount that they exchanged only a few words: while Diogenes was relaxing in the sunlight in the morning, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes: Stand out of my sunlight. I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.” Alexander still declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.”
Now, listen to this story:
Alexander the Great: “Diogenes, you are a man of great repute yet you are a man without purpose and mission! All you do is sit about all day, untroubled, unperturbed, indulging in conversation and the pleasures of moment to moment life!”
Diogenes: “So, what is so much better about the life of Alexander the Great?”
Alexander: I am a conquerer of nations!
Diogenes: So, conquerer of nations, unlike my purposeless life what are you going to do next?
Alexander: I am going to conquer Greece!
Diogenes: Yes . . then what?
Alexander: Then I am going to conquer Asia Minor!
Diogenes: Alright . . then what?
Alexander: THEN I am going to conquer the WORLD!
Diogenes: Alright, then what after that?
Alexander: THEN I will relax and enjoy life!
Diogenes: Why not save yourself the trouble? (and enjoy life right here, right now!)