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For centuries, all sorts of people?generals and politicians, athletes and coaches, writers and leaders?have looked to the teachings of Stoicism to help guide their lives. Each day, author and speaker Ryan Holiday brings you a new lesson about life, inspired by the thoughts and writings of great Stoic thinkers like Marcus Aurelius and Seneca the Younger. Daily Stoic Podcast also features Q+As with listeners and interviews with notable figures from sports, academia, politics, and more. Learn more at DailyStoic.com.

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Whatever You Call It, Steer Clear | Ask DS

Marcus Aurelius called it a few different things. His translators varied even more in their interpretations. Gregory Hays used the word ?imperialization.? Robin Waterfield called it ?becoming Caesarified? and ?dyed in purple.? Pierre Hadot has it, ?becoming Caesarized.? George Long translates it, ?Take care that thou art not made into a Caesar, that thou art not dyed with this dye.? In The Daily Stoic, we have Marcus express his worry of being ?stained purple.?

Ok, but what is he actually talking about? He?s talking about being corrupted by power, changed by the position and fame that he has. And we know this was a lifelong concern of his. One story has Marcus Aurelius breaking down in tears when he?s told he will someday be emperor, not because he was sad, but because his study of history taught him how few people managed to leave the job unscathed, let alone unchanged.

While none of us will wear the purple cloak of the emperor (that?s what Marcus was referring to about being dyed), hopefully, we will be successful. Hopefully, we will earn positions of influence and power and respect. What will this reveal about us? What might it corrupt or corrode?

It is a timeless battle, a timeless temptation. Stoicism is here to help us with it. Meditations, specifically, is one of the only books ever written by a person with that much power, one of the only books by a person who power did not make worse, and about how to remain good and decent and virtuous when there is every excuse and opportunity not to.

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On today?s Thursday episode of the Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan talks with over 150 employees from Austin Central Library during their staff development and apperception day. They discuss why Ryan became an author, writing process, and the importance of reading and learning from ancient wisdom.

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2024-02-29
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You Can Always Possess This

This tradition of warrior Stoics continued up through and past Admiral Stockdale, who would test Epictetus?s doctrines in the prison camps of Vietnam (his book Courage Under Fire is a must read for any modern Stoic).

Zeno, the founder of Stoicism, all but predicted this would be the fate of the Stoics. ?If you lay violent hands on me,? he said in 3rd century Greece, ?you?ll have my body, but my mind will remain with Stilpo.? Stilpo was a Greek philosopher, meaning that you could torture Zeno, you could possess his body, but you could never control his mind. He was saying a version of what we said recently?that the idea of Stoicism is to surrender but not give yourself away.

Isn?t that what Stockdale was doing? He submitted to his imprisonment because it was a physical fact of his existence. He accepted, perhaps a bit more realistically than the Stoics, that under torture, no man was fully unbreakable, that you would ultimately have to give some information up under duress. (We talked to one of his fellow POWs, Dave Carey, on the podcast about just this idea.) But Stockdale still asserted that he had ultimate control of his thoughts, of his character, his sense of self. No one could take that from him and more important, he would never give it up.

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2024-02-28
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Why Humans are Wired for Status, Not Happiness | Morgan Housel PT 2

Ryan continues his conversation with Morgan Housel, they discuss the power of storytelling, how humans are wired for status and not happiness, his latest book Same As Ever, and more. 

Morgan Housel is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Psychology of Money and Same As Ever. His books have sold over 4.5 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. He is a two-time winner of the Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and winner of the New York Times Sidney Award. In 2022, MarketWatch named him one of the 50 most influential people in markets. 

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2024-02-28
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It?s Producing Something Good | 20 Inspiring Moments Of Stoicism

The regular person in us is frustrated by all this. But the Stoic in us knows that this is leading us, teaching us, shaping us. Seneca said that misfortune toughens us up, forges us the way that fire tests gold. Epictetus said that life pairs us with these sparring partners for a reason?to turn us into Olympic-class material. And the Book of Romans says that ?suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.?

The hope is really our sense of our capacity. It?s the confidence that comes from being tested and passing that test. It?s knowing that we really can wrestle with the toughest stuff that life can throw at us. Pandemics, the whiplash of the market, extreme weather events, political unrest, personal disasters, tragedy, heartbreak. We?ve been through it. We?re still here. We?ve suffered and that suffering has produced character, character that gives us hope, gives us faith, gives us strength.

The obstacles have been the way. They have produced something good. Something we can count on. Something we can believe in?our own capacity.

P.S. ?The impediment to action advances action,? Marcus Aurelius writes. ?What stands in the way becomes the way.? In a world that is constantly testing us, we need to carry that timeless, life-changing lesson with us more than ever. That?s why we created the Obstacle is the Way medallion with Marcus?s words on the back so you can always remember that no matter the challenges life throws our way, we can always grow stronger and better. Grab one today or snag the leather-bound edition of The Obstacle is The Way and receive the Obstacle medallion for free!

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We all need a little motivation from time to time. A swift kick when we?re feeling a bit uninspired. The struggle to find motivation isn?t new. Woven throughout the most famous Stoic texts are wisely chosen words designed to motivate one?s self. They knew then, as we know now, that the right words, at the right time, can inspire action. So today, as you?re looking for a little extra motivation to get after the task at hand, listen to these clips inspired by the time tested wisdom of the ancient Stoics.

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2024-02-27
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Stop Expecting This | Cultivate Indifference

At this point, you should have a pretty good understanding of human nature. That?s why we read history after all (and if you don?t, we suggest this reading challenge). You?ve met people?you?ve seen what they do. People lie. People take the easy way out. People chase the wrong things.

Not always, not all people, but most people, most of the time.

Yet here you are, perpetually shocked and disappointed. Perpetually upset and resentful.

Cato, it was said by Cicero, seemed to forget that he didn?t live in Plato?s Republic but in the ?dregs of Rome? (more on this in Lives of the Stoics). Cato seemed to be pretty regularly surprised that everyone wasn?t as committed to virtue, wasn?t as disciplined about that commitment as he was. There was even a saying that folks he was disappointed often said to excuse themselves: ?We can?t all be Catos.?

One of the great lines from the Stoics was ?not to expect figs in winter.? Cato could have done a better job of that. We could all do a better job at this. Most people have not even heard of Stoicism, let alone committed to it. Most people just do what they want in the moment, what?s easiest in the moment. Most people are not trying to live up to any kind of standard.

So why are we expecting them to be anything other than what they are? Why are we surprised or disappointed? We don?t have to relax our standards but we can certainly lower our expectations.

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2024-02-26
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Reading And Learning From The Stoics | Austin Central Library

On today?s weekend episode of the Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan talks with over 150 employees from Austin Central Library during their staff development and apperception day. They discuss why Ryan became an author, writing process, and the importance of reading and learning from ancient wisdom.

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2024-02-25
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The Curse Of Success | Morgan Housel PT 1

Ryan speaks with author Morgan Housel in the first of a two-part conversation to discuss his near death experience as a teenager, the ephemeral and potentially toxic nature of success, his latest book Same As Ever, and more. 

Morgan Housel is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Psychology of Money and Same As Ever. His books have sold over 4.5 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. He is a two-time winner of the Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and winner of the New York Times Sidney Award. In 2022, MarketWatch named him one of the 50 most influential people in markets. 

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2024-02-24
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You Don?t Get a Choice | Circumstances Have No care For Our Feelings

Certainly, Marcus Aurelius would have related to the sentiment. Floods. Plagues. Wars. A troubled son. Personal health issues. ?Haven?t I given enough?? we had him say in a recent Daily Stoic video. But the thing is, life doesn?t care. It has no time for your questions. It pays no mind to your limits.

?I don?t think I?m up for this,? the novelist John Gregory Dunne said to his wife as they left the hospital after rushing to check on their daughter who had just been admitted. He was down about his career. He wasn?t feeling great about his own health. He was sick about his only child. He was worried it would be a long and hard road out for all of them. Joan Didion, his steely, stoic wife, responded with something we can imagine Marcus Aurelius reminding himself of in Meditations: ?You don?t get a choice.?

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In today's Daily Stoic excerpt, Ryan reminds us that in life things will be frustrating, awful and painful but it never cares about us. We can waste energy on things out of control.

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2024-02-23
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When The World Got Still | Ask DS

It was anxiety inducing and scary, but there was also a stillness in it. Because you were forced, against your will, to truly practice Stoicism. Not just in the sense that you had to persist and act despite that fear?because people and things were counting on you?but also because it was so clear what was in your control and what wasn?t. You came face to face with undeniable reality, overwhelming events and all you could do is focus on your response. You had to practice what Epictetus called ?the art of acquiescence??ditching all those plans, accepting all the costs, the hits to your portfolio, the lost time, the inescapable human frailty and mortality we all wish to deny.

And within this, you also had to do and be good, for yourself, for your family, for your community, because your individual decisions had clear and unavoidable consequences for other people.

It was a moment made for Stoicism, a moment when stillness was the key, as it is for all crises. And right now, the ebook for Stillness is the Key is on sale for $1.99! Grab it today, for you or someone else, if you haven?t already.

The good news is you survived the moment, obviously, or you wouldn?t be reading this, but now the world has ?gone back to normal,? whatever that means. Things are busy and noisy again. Life is moving fast again. How much of that stillness, how much of that Stoicism, has drifted away as well? That?s the real question.

Because Stoicism is not just for the crises, but also for the every day life. It?s for right now, too. It?s today that you need to be focused on what?s in your control, it?s today that you need to practice acceptance, practice memento mori. It?s today that you need to think about your community. It?s today that you need to find the stillness even as the world is spinning faster than ever.

Good luck!

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*A note on the audio for this episode: an issue with Chad's live mic resulted in the discrepancy in audio quality that you hear. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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2024-02-22
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Remind Yourself Of This

It doesn?t always feel like it. Not when you?re regularly screwing up. Not when you keep losing your temper, not when you?re not as patient as you should be with people. Not when you keep doing selfish things. Not when you?re still dealing with scripts from your childhood. Not when you hear the things your ex says about you. Not when you compare yourself against the greatness of the people you admire?be it a mentor or some historical figure, a Cato or a Marcus Aurelius.

But it?s true.

You are good inside.

Even if you have done bad things. Even if you have drifted off the path. Marcus Aurelius tried to remind himself that there was a spring of goodness inside of him and that no matter what he or anyone shoveled on some of it, it was still there, still fresh and new and ever-flowing.

The Stoics did not believe in original sin. They did not think we were hopelessly broken. They believed that being who we were?living well, living as our nature intended us to live?was always possible. You might be low and awful right now, Marcus Aurelius writes in Meditations, but in just a few days you can be worthy of being seen as a god. He was telling himself he just had to go back to the teachings, go back to his principles, go back to the spring.

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2024-02-21
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Why Stoicism is Having a Modern Resurgence | Mick Mulroy (PT 2)

Ryan speaks with Mick Mulroy in the first of a two-part conversation about the simplicity of Stoicism but the difficulties people have in practicing the philosophy. They also discuss Marcus Aurelius? character and the traits we seek for in modern leaders, and more. 

Mick Mulroy is the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, Middle East Institute senior fellow, retired CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer and U.S Marine. After leaving the Pentagon, he co-founded the Lobo Institute, became a Special Advisor to the United Nations, an ABC News National Security Analyst, and the co-president of End Child Soldiering. Mulroy?s post-service efforts focus on educating people on global conflicts, combating extremism, and the philosophy of Stoicism.

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2024-02-21
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You Ain?t Got Time | 10 Habits That Made Marcus Aurelius Great

People are out of their minds and always have been. You get the sense in Seneca?s writings that Rome drove him crazy. You see the same in Epictetus? writings, perhaps more so. Both men looked at what was happening in Nero?s court and were baffled. People were currying favor with Nero?s cobbler to try to get ahead in the world. People were bankrupting themselves to impress people they didn?t even like. And things were no different by Marcus Aurelius? time, that?s for sure.

But for as long as there have been these wack jobs out there, the Stoic response has been the same: Tuning it out. It?s saying to yourself: I ain?t got time for that, ain?t got time to argue, ain?t got time to change you, ain?t got time to even try to understand. That?s what Marcus is effectively opening Meditations with! He?s saying, look people today are going to be remarkably dumb but I can?t let them implicate me in their ugliness. I can?t get bogged down in it. I can?t try to reform them. I just need to do my job. Things are not asking to be judged by you, Marcus says later in Meditations, leave them alone.

Life is very short. Too short for silly arguments, too short for beating your head against the wall, too short to try to understand things that don?t matter, that are not asking to be understood by you. Leave them alone. Focus on what you have to do. Don?t get implicated in ugliness.

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2024-02-20
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We Can Find The Gift In It | Reduce Wants, Increase Happiness

We wrote an email over at Daily Dad (please subscribe if you haven?t!) recently which notes Robert F. Kennedy?s troubled childhood in the troubled Kennedy household. His family mourned the loss of his older brother. They put their hopes in his brother John. They fretted about his sister. His father thought that Bobby had little potential, that he wasn?t everything a young Kennedy should be, so the boy, as one Kennedy aide observed, was ?overlooked.?

That was unfair. It must have been painful. Yet Kennedy?s biographer, Evan Thomas, would write that this turned out to be a gift, arguing that he ?had been saved by neglect.? Because it meant Bobby didn?t have to deal with all the pressure. It let him develop at his own pace. It also allowed him to develop a conscience and an ability to empathize that most of the rest of the family lacked.

When we look at the life of Marcus Aurelius (if you want a biography try Lives of the Stoics or How To Think Like a Roman Emperor), we can see a similar pattern. His early days as a boy were defined by loss. His father, Verus, died when he was just three.

If you want to do more reading on these topics, we highly recommend Dying Everyday by James Romm (and we have a podcast with him on this topic). Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe is a great modern read on one of the biggest crimes of the 20th/21st centuries. And for more on the life of Seneca and Thrasea and some Stoics who did resist Nero, check out Lives of the Stoics (signed copies here).

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2024-02-19
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Preparation Makes You Brave | Courage is Calling

On today?s weekend episode of the Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan reads a chapter from his book Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favors The Brave. This excerpt comes from one of Ryan's favorite chapters Preparation Makes You Brave. This chapter is about practice, training, and doing the thing over and over again.

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2024-02-18
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Mick Mulroy on the Beauty of Marcus Aurelius? Meditations and the Collective Need For Philosophy

Ryan speaks with Mick Mulroy in the first of a two-part conversation about the simplicity of Stoicism but the difficulties people have in practicing the philosophy. They also discuss Marcus Aurelius? character and the traits we seek for in modern leaders, and more. 

Mick Mulroy is the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, Middle East Institute senior fellow, retired CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer and U.S Marine. After leaving the Pentagon, he co-founded the Lobo Institute, became a Special Advisor to the United Nations, an ABC News National Security Analyst, and the co-president of End Child Soldiering. Mulroy?s post-service efforts focus on educating people on global conflicts, combating extremism, and the philosophy of Stoicism.

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2024-02-17
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They Felt This Weight | Don't Make Things Harder Than They Need To Be

It?s easy for academics and critics to dismiss the Stoics as depressing or dark. They?re not wrong, exactly, because it?s true: There are some dark and depressing passages in Meditations. Seneca is not always cheerful. Both writers seem to dwell on death, they paint life as something that can be painful and tragic, they speak of Fortune as something not to be trusted?that the ground beneath your feet can shift in a moment, shattering everything around you.

But what?s unfair about this criticism, insensitive even, is that it totally ignores the context and the experience of these men?of all the Stoics. Marcus Aurelius buried six of his children. Six! Seneca lost a child and was exiled to a distant island on trumped up charges all at once. Can you imagine what that must have been like for them?

?Grief from the loss of a child is not a process,? a mother is quoted as saying in the fascinating book Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe which examines the opioid crisis. ?It?s a lifelong weight upon one?s soul.? Marcus Aurelius and Seneca bore that weight?of course it shaped what they wrote and thought. There was an exchange between Marcus and his teacher Fronto about how he felt ?suffering anguish? in his bones from the loss of Fronto?s grandchild. When we interviewed the philosopher and translator Martha Nussbaum on the Daily Stoic podcast, she spoke quite movingly about the loss of her own daughter. She pointed out that Cicero, a philosopher who wrote extensively on the Stoics and buried his daughter Tullia, was transformed by grief. It changed him. How could it not have?

One book on this topic we?ve recommended over the years has been Death Be Not Proud by John Gunter, who was similarly trying to make sense of the short but inspiring life of his son Johnny. Paul Kalanithi?s book When Breath Becomes Air is also worth reading. And Seneca?s writings on death have been collected in an interesting edition called How To Die.

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2024-02-16
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Do This. It?s Enough. | Ask Ds

As John Adams (detailed in David McCullough?s amazing biography) wrote in his own old age, ?You are not singular in your suspicions that you know but little. The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously inquire, the less I seem to know?? Yet, Adams, like Marcus, still found himself returning to a set of ageless, universal principles. They found themselves boiling things down to their essence, into real and practical ?epithets for the self? as Marcus called them. Adams came up with these three commands, which he passed down to his granddaughter Caroline: ?Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough??

P.S. ?Summum Bonum? is a phrase from Cicero that means ?The Highest Good,?which for the Stoics meant pursuing a life of virtue. ?Just that you do the right thing,? Marcus reminds us, ?the rest doesn?t matter.? In a world full of selfishness, corruption, and pain, we need that reminder now more than ever. It?s why we created the ?Summum Bonum? medallion for you to carry around in your pocket and remember that no matter the circumstance, no matter how dire or desperate the situation, virtue is always the answer. Grab yours today!

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2024-02-15
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Get Narrow Before Life Does

It?s interesting that these three great Stoics spent their final moments not as lone wolves but as friends, as fathers, as people who loved their fellow human beings. On a recent episode of The Daily Stoic Podcast (a great 2-hour episode you can watch on YouTube, by the way), the comedian Christina Pazsitzky told a story of an experience that led to a related insight:

?I broke my ankle two years ago. The truth is, they gave me a shit ton of ketamine. I was tripping, and I thought I was dying. I really did. I was like, ?I think this is it.? And I wasn?t thinking about my career. I wasn?t stoked that I had so many specials on Netflix or that I was successful at anything. I was literally only thinking about my children and my husband. My children and my husband. It got real narrow real quick. And I came out of that and anytime I catch myself getting on this kick of, ?I should be bigger,? ?I should be more successful,? ?I should be selling out arenas??I go, ?I?m going to die. My kids and my husband are all that matter.??

This is not to say that you shouldn?t strive to be successful. It is not to say that you can?t be ambitious.

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2024-02-14
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Colin Elliott On The Art Of Navigating Lessons From History To The Modern World

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with economic and social historian Colin Elliott. They delve into the complexities surrounding the societal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing parallels with the ancient Antonine Plague. Elliott criticizes the lockdown measures and emphasizes the need for a nuanced and science-oriented approach. He highlights the decentralized nature of society and the diverse capacities within it, including healthcare, communities, and various institutions. The discussion touches upon the importance of accountability and learning from past mistakes, along with his book, Pox Romana, offers a comprehensive, wide-ranging account of the world?s first pandemic: the Antonine plague.

Colin P. Elliott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published interdisciplinary research on the economic, social and environmental history of the Roman Empire, and his next project explores intersections between its economy and the environment. He has a PhD in Ancient History from University of Bristol and a BA in History from University of Oregon. He also received the David and Cheryl Morley Early Career Award for Outstanding Teaching (2021) and a Trustees Teaching Award (2016).

Check out Colin's books: Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World and Economic Theory and the Roman Monetary Economy

Check out Colin's podcast, The Pax Romana Podcast. The Pax Romana Podcast is available everywhere podcasts can be found.

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2024-02-14
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Don?t Let It Change You | How To Actually Be Happier In 2024 (According to the Stoics)

So eventually a group of corrupt Romans contrived to have Cato assigned to a posting in Cyprus, a veritable hotbed of misdeeds and sin. It was a place where politicians got rich, where they had fun, where they lived the colonial high life. ?You will come back from there a far more agreeable man and more tame,? one of them predicted to Cato. They weren?t trying to bribe him, they just wanted to expose him to how things were supposed to be done. They wanted him to get a taste.

This was what Marcus Aurelius was warning about in Meditations where he talked about ?imperialization,? about being stained purple, about being ?Caesarified.? The status quo doesn?t like people who buck it. No, the status quo contrives to apply pressure and persuasion on us, to get us to go along. It tries to change us, tries to lead us away from those pesky virtues of courage and temperance and justice and wisdom.

If you want to learn more about Cato, the Stoics all other Stoics admired, the man that George Washington made his hero, check out our video: 5 Stoic Secrets from the Man of Principle (Cato the Younger). We also dedicate a whole chapter to Cato in Lives of the Stoics (signed copies here!).

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2024-02-13
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You Are An Artist (Whether You Know It Or Not) | Watch Over Your Perceptions

Maybe you don?t see yourself as an artist, just like Socrates didn?t see himself as an athlete, but maybe you are. According to Mikel Jollett, the founder of the band The Airborne Toxic Event and the author of a fascinating and haunting memoir about his troubled childhood, we have to ?take our pain and make it useful. That?s what it means to be an artist.? His own art came from growing up in a cult his mother had joined, then living with her series of messed up husbands, struggling with addictions, getting in trouble at school, not knowing what he ought to do with his life. But all this struggle ultimately shaped him and in turn shaped the art he would make.

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P.S. Building the skill to take the challenges life throws at you and transform them into something useful takes practice. That?s why we created the Daily Stoic Challenge Deck, full of actionable daily challenges for you to push and develop yourself year round. Bundle your pack with the Challenge Deck Vol. II and save?available over at the Daily Stoic Store!

If you want to do more reading on these topics, we highly recommend Dying Everyday by James Romm (and we have a podcast with him on this topic). Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe is a great modern read on one of the biggest crimes of the 20th/21st centuries. And for more on the life of Seneca and Thrasea and some Stoics who did resist Nero, check out Lives of the Stoics (signed copies here).

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And today's Daily Stoic Journal reading, Ryan discusses what the Stoics teach us about keeping constant watch over the flood of perceptions that fill our minds. Ryan quotes Mark Manson's Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life reminding us to find the right things to care about.

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2024-02-12
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How To Plan Your Day Like Marcus Aurelius

In today's weekend episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan reminds us How To Plan Your Day Like Marcus Aurelius by the way of voice actor Michael Reid. Two millennia ago, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius penned his personal reflections in a journal titled "To Himself," not anticipating its widespread publication. Known as the last of the "Five Good Emperors of Rome," Marcus' enduring legacy lies in the honesty of his words. Today, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and rising unemployment, Marcus' timeless wisdom, documented in "Meditations," has seen a surge in popularity. This article explores Marcus Aurelius' daily habits, offering insights into how his routines can be integrated into modern life. From waking up early to embracing negative visualization, journaling, and seeking stillness, Marcus' practices provide a roadmap for cultivating a Stoic life in the face of adversity.

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2024-02-11
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Author Evelyn McDonnell On Joan Didion?s Life and Legacy (Pt 2)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan continues his conversation with writer, academic and associate professor of journalism, Evelyn McDonnell. Together they discuss the obstacles and how to get through them, the illusion of stability, how staying calm can be contagious, and her book The World According to Joan Didion.

Evelyn McDonnell, professor of journalism in the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, has been appointed the inaugural faculty director of Media Arts & A Just Society (MAJS), effective January 2024. The acclaimed journalist, essayist, critic, feminist, native Californian, and university professor who regularly teaches Didion?s work, is attuned to interpret Didion?s vision for readers today. 

Inspired by Didion?s own words?from her works both published and unpublished?and informed by the people who knew Didion and those whose lives she shaped, The World According to Joan Didion is an illustrated journey through her life, tracing the path she carved from Sacramento, Portuguese Bend, Los Angeles, and Malibu to Manhattan, Miami, and Hawaii. McDonnell reveals the world as it was seen through Didion?s eyes.

Signed copies of The World According to Joan Didion are available at The Painted Porch.

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2024-02-10
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You Don?t Want To Rule The World | You Don't Have To Have An Opinion

We talked about this recently, but ruling the world is not great. The evidence bears this out. In Lives of the Stoics, we tell the story of a haunting meeting between Posidonius and Marius, when Marius, during his seventh consulship of Rome, was on his deathbed. Marius was powerful but pathetic, his success having destroyed his soul, stripping him of happiness and the possibility of peace. Marcus Aurelius would have known this story. In Meditations he takes pains to remind himself that the cost of becoming Alexander the Great is not worth it?that few survive it.

Power and wealth, they change a person. Command is lonely and isolating, disorienting and corrosive. These are not environments conducive to virtue. They are not fantasies?they are nightmares.

We are lucky that destiny has not made us sovereigns, even in modern times (just ask King Charles what his childhood was like). But we are still ambitious, still have dreams of extreme wealth and power and influence. As if it actually serves the people who get it well?as if it doesn?t rip their families apart, doesn?t consume their every waking moment with dread or busyness.

Marcus Aurelius would have given anything to have had a life even half as normal as yours, half as stressful, burdensome, corrupting as his. You are so lucky?and yet here you are, dreaming of things that would ruin it.

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In today's Daily Stoic excerpt, Ryan reminds us that not all things are asking to be judged you, to let whatever is not in our favor become irrelevant. This kind of selective discipline is what the stoics practiced. They practiced having the ability of having absolutely no thought about it.

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2024-02-09
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Either Way, This Is Not The Answer | Ask DS

Then there is the stuff that does harm the community?a corrupt politician who tries to overthrow the rule of law, discrimination, violence, pollution. This stuff happens, it?s the definition of injustice. But again, anger is not the right response. Not because these things aren?t upsetting, but because they are bad remedies to the problem.

When the community is at risk, with justice at stake, we need our wits about us. It?s here that we need to be most controlled, most in command of all our faculties. We can be angered at what is happening, but we cannot afford to respond in anger. We need to be rational, strategic, patient, courageous, creative (as well as forgiving, empathetic, and nurturing in the way that our many emails have highlighted about the brilliance of the Civil Rights activists). We need to bring our best to fight the worst.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hmX7RPyYo]

If you?re serious about being your most controlled self when the stakes are high, then check out our 11-day Taming Your Temper Course. It?s full of Stoic practices to defuse your anger in the moment and will help you find constructive outlets for your emotion?freeing you to work on fixing those problems that stoked your anger in the first place. Learn more here and conquer your anger today!

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2024-02-08
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This is Why You Can?t Try To Avoid Criticism

Nobody wants to be criticized. It doesn?t feel good when people judge what you?ve done. We want the right people to like us, we want all people to like us. We want to be accepted, appreciated, celebrated. So we try to be like other people, like the people that everyone likes.

Imagine if he had tried instead to conform to their expectations, to fit more clearly in the box they wanted him to be. Imagine if he?d tried to win the mob?s favor or the respect of future generations by conquest or dazzling deed. Imagine if he had written Meditations for an audience instead of from a far more personal and vulnerable place.

It doesn?t matter what you do, the criticism is always going to be there. So you might as well do what you think ought to be done. You might as well do what seems meaningful and important and fulfilling and right to you. People are going to say what they?re going to say, haters will find a way to hate. In the meantime, just be true to yourself, be true to the mission you have, fight for the respect (and praise) of yourself, not the mob, not the future.

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2024-02-07
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Author Evelyn McDonnell On Joan Didion?s Life and Legacy (Pt 1)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with writer, academic and associate professor of journalism, Evelyn McDonnell. Together they discuss the resurgence of psychedelics, how will you deal with tomorrow, the job of the artist, and her book The World According to Joan Didion.

Evelyn McDonnell, professor of journalism in the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, has been appointed the inaugural faculty director of Media Arts & A Just Society (MAJS), effective January 2024. The acclaimed journalist, essayist, critic, feminist, native Californian, and university professor who regularly teaches Didion?s work, is attuned to interpret Didion?s vision for readers today. 

Inspired by Didion?s own words?from her works both published and unpublished?and informed by the people who knew Didion and those whose lives she shaped, The World According to Joan Didion is an illustrated journey through her life, tracing the path she carved from Sacramento, Portuguese Bend, Los Angeles, and Malibu to Manhattan, Miami, and Hawaii. McDonnell reveals the world as it was seen through Didion?s eyes.

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2024-02-07
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You Can Have This Joy | The Stoic Art Of Stillness (12 Keys)

Look, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if in their opinion, that?s what Stoicism is in their view?God bless them. But the facts just don?t support it. There was literally a Stoic (Chrysippus) who laughed so hard he died, ok? What more do you need to know? Sure, Marcus Aurelius opens Meditations with some observations about how annoying and obnoxious people can be, but his personal letters to Fronto are filled with affection and wit?he even tells of a prank he pulled. Every somber note in Meditations is matched by reveries for the beauty of the natural world and gratitude for the gifts life has given him.

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Stillness is that quiet moment when inspiration hits you. It?s that ability to step back and reflect. It?s what makes room for gratitude and happiness. It?s one of the most powerful forces on earth. In this video excerpt Ryan Holiday talks about some key Stoic practices that will help you find stillness.

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2024-02-06
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Try Not To Be So Slow | Suspend Your Opinions

In the early years, there was an excuse. Nero was just a teenager when Seneca started tutoring him. The boy was timid and coddled. He had experienced tragedy and his childhood had been strange. Besides, for Seneca, the alternative to taking the job was going back to his unfair and lonely exile in the middle of the ocean.

But the viability of Seneca?s excuse fell apart pretty quickly. The famous Barrón González, Eduardo statue captures how disinterested Nero was in learning from Seneca. Nero wanted the perks of being emperor but none of the responsibilities. He was not competent, which was fine as long he was content to let others make the decisions. When Nero started asserting control, bad things started happening. Plus there was the fact that he kept killing people?including his own mother.

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If you want to do more reading on these topics, we highly recommend Dying Everyday by James Romm (and we have a podcast with him on this topic). Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe is a great modern read on one of the biggest crimes of the 20th/21st centuries. And for more on the life of Seneca and Thrasea and some Stoics who did resist Nero, check out Lives of the Stoics (signed copies here).

In today's Daily Stoic Journal reading, Ryan reminds us thats its easier to leave other peoples mistakes to their makers, that looking inward instead of outward and giving people a chance to make their own mistakes makes for a better way of life.

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2024-02-05
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An Empire Exhausted

In today's weekend episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan pulls an excerpt from Colin Elliott's latest book, POX ROMANA: THE PLAGUE THAT SHOOK THE ROMAN WORLD. Learn how the Antonine Plague exposed the crumbling foundations of a doomed empire. Arguing that the disease was both cause and effect of Rome?s fall, Elliott describes the plague?s ?preexisting conditions? (Rome?s multiple economic, social, and environmental susceptibilities); recounts the history of the outbreak itself through the experiences of physician, victim, and political operator; and explores post pandemic crises.

If you enjoyed this chapter from POX ROMANA, grab yourself a copy by clicking here.

Be on the lookout for Ryan's interview with author Colin Elliott on February 14th or listen one week early by becoming a Wondery Plus subscriber.

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2024-02-04
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Dr. Michael Gervais On The Extension Of Stoicism In Modern Times (Pt 2)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan continues his conversation with one of the world's top high-performance psychologists and leading experts on the relationship between the mind and human performance, Dr. Michael Gervais. Together they talk about living in the present moment, Austin Kleon's ?people would rather be the noun than do the verb?, and the tension of virtue in Stoic texts.

Dr. Michael Gervais has spent his career being called on by the best of the best across the worlds of business, sport, the arts, and science. His client roster includes Super Bowl winning NFL teams, Fortune 50 CEOs, Olympic medalists, internationally acclaimed artists, and so many more. He is also the founder of Finding Mastery and the founder/host of the Finding Mastery Podcast, and the co-creator of the Performance Science Institute at USC. His work has been featured by NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, and ESPN Magazine.

Signed copies of Dr. Gervais' is latest book, THE FIRST RULE OF MASTERY: STOP WORRYING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF YOU is available at The Painted Porch.

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2024-02-03
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This Is Why You Shouldn?t Be Jealous | A Proper Frame Of Mind

Imagine the jealousy that they must have felt. Hadrian was gifting the purple?the job of the emperor?to a teenager he wasn?t even related to. In 138 AD, his succession plan involved adopting Antoninus Pius who in turn was to adopt young Marcus Aurelius so that he would one day become the most powerful man in the world.

How many Romans hated Marcus for this? How many distant relatives of Hadrian thought themselves more qualified, more entitled to it? And how many people disliked Marcus throughout the years simply because he seemed to have a perfect life?a happy family, a great reputation, perfect character.

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In today's Daily Stoic Journal excerpt, Ryan reminds us to free ourselves now while we still have time. How much longer will we be tied up in impulses? We are independent self-efficient people who must remain free and slaves to power.

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2024-02-02
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Until You Get There, Try This | Ask DS

Maybe towards the end, it?s possible to get to that level. Maybe after a lifetime of study and practice, a Stoic can come to not just understand but to live up to the insight that Marcus Aurelius writes about in *Meditations?*that things aren?t asking to be judged by us, that we always ?have the power to have no opinion.? Maybe Marcus Aurelius got there himself.

If so, good for him.

But most likely he didn?t. And most likely, you?re nowhere close either.

In the meantime, why don?t you at least try to voice fewer of those opinions. If we can?t stop ourselves from judging things that aren?t asking to be judged by us, if we can?t stop ourselves from having thoughts about things that have little to do with us, we can at least try to keep those judgments and thoughts to ourselves.

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2024-02-01
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Dr. Michael Gervais on Not Caring What People Think and the Future of Stoicism (Pt 1)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan is joined by Dr. Michael Gervais, one of the world?s top high-performance psychologists and leading experts on the relationship between the mind and human performance. 

Together they discuss FOPO (fear of other people's opinions), the reality of imposter syndrome, and Dr. Gervais' book, The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying What Other People Think of You

Dr. Michael Gervais has spent his career being called on by the best of the best across the worlds of business, sport, the arts, and science when they need to achieve the extraordinary. Dr. Gervais?s client roster includes Super Bowl winning NFL teams, Fortune 50 CEOs, Olympic medalists, internationally acclaimed artists, and more. He is also the founder of Finding Mastery and the founder/host of the Finding Mastery Podcast, and the co-creator of the Performance Science Institute at USC. His work has been featured by NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, and ESPN Magazine.

You can buy signed copies of his brand-new book, The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying What Other People Think of You, at The Painted Porch

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2024-01-31
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Surrender But Don?t Give Yourself Away

The fact of life is that we?re going to get tossed around by forces outside our control. Never forget fortunes? habit of behaving exactly as she pleases, Seneca reminds us, never forget that adversity is inevitability. There would be war, he said, and torture and shipwrecks and exile, along with a lot less dramatic stuff: traffic jams, divorces, food poisoning, annoying neighbors, bad weather, pets that run away.

The only option according to the Stoics was to submit. No amount of wishing otherwise, no amount of anxiety, no amount of power or wealth would fully protect us from this. We had to surrender to the fates, let them guide us. But perhaps we could add to this idea a little corollary from Cheap Trick?surrender, but don?t give yourself away.

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2024-01-31
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Follow Your Arrow | 7 Stoic Keys To Being A Great Leader (Ryan Holiday Speaks To The U.S. Military)

They were different. Some of them were downright weird. Cleanthes made quite a spectacle of himself in Athens, a philosopher who did manual labor for a living. Cato walked around bareheaded and barefooted, violating most of the social and class norms of his time. Marcus Aurelius was seen reading books at the Coliseum, indifferent to the popular past times that got everyone else excited.

Agrippinus, one middle Stoic who lived in the time of Nero, cared nothing for the niceties and obeisance expected of the citizens of Nero?s tyrannical regime. As we explain in Lives of the Stoics, Agrippinus claimed that he wanted to be the red thread in the sweater of life?the little bit of color that stood out and made the garment beautiful.

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Ryan Holiday speaks to the United States Military about some of the key Stoic ideas behind being a great leader in the modern world.

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2024-01-30
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Everything Is A Kind Of Dying | A Little Better Every Day

Marcus Aurelius knew this, but he didn?t let it get him down. In fact, he found some reassurance in it. ?When we cease from activity, or follow a thought to its conclusion,? he observed, ?it is a kind of death.? But this doesn?t harm us, he pointed out. In fact, we look forward to many of these cessations and conclusions. ?Think about your life,? he said, ?childhood, boyhood, youth, old age. Every transformation a kind of dying. Was that so terrible??

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In today's Daily Stoic Journal reading, Ryan explores the Stoic idea of bettering oneself with small steps every day by reflecting on quotes from Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.

The Stoics and future generations kept the idea of Memento Mori close by with jewelry, writing, art, and music because death doesn?t make life pointless?it makes life purposeful. They were trying to remember: We can go at any moment. We must not waste time. And that?s why we decided to add to the rich history of Memento Mori with our Memento Mori medallion, signet ring, and pendant?each reminders we must live NOW, while there is still time. 

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2024-01-29
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How To Be A Leader | Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers

As one of history?s most important biographers and essayists, Plutarch studied deeply the traits of great Greek and Roman leaders to identify just what it is that made them great. In today?s audiobook reading, Ryan shares an excerpt from How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership, in which Plutarch clearly and succinctly lays out his thoughts on the subject, as well as his advice to anyone striving to become a leader. This book is part of the fantastic Princeton University Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series, which you can find at The Painted Porch.

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2024-01-28
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Adam Nicolson On The Rule Of Philosophy & Greek Mythology

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with English author Adam Nicolson on greek mythology, real meaning of the oceans, travel, the grand question about philosophy, that what really matters more? to understand the higher things above you, or the material actualities, along with his new book How To Be: Life Lessons from the Early Greeks

Adam is an English author who has written about history, landscape, great literature and the sea. He is noted for his books Sea Room, God?s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, The Mighty Dead, and Life between the Tides. He is also the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Award, and the Ondaatje Prize.

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2024-01-27
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You Have To Look This Way | Focus On The Present Moment

In the muck and mire of daily life, it?s easy to get frustrated with people. It?s easy to prioritize the wrong things, to lose perspective. It?s easy to get caught up in the moment or forget the actual magnitude of your problems.

Which is why the Stoics remind us to zoom out. At least twice in Meditations, Marcus Aurelius speaks of taking ?Plato?s view? and by that he means getting up high and looking down on humanity. ?To see them from above,? he writes, ?the thousands of animal herds, the rituals, the voyages on calm or stormy seas, the different ways we come into the world, share it with one another and leave it.?

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In today's Daily Stoic Journal excerpt, Ryan examines the power of a mantra through the Marcus Aurelius.

?Erase the false impressions from your mind by constantly saying to yourself, I have it in my soul to keep out any evil, desire or any kind of disturbance?instead, seeing the true nature of things, I will give them only their due. Always remember this power that nature gave you.? ?MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.29?

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2024-01-26
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If You Want To Be Happy Do This | Ask Ds

The Stoics talk about a lot of things. But they don?t speak that much about happiness. Is that because they were too tough or too resigned to their bleak view of life to care about it? Did they mean to imply that there isn?t room for happiness for the Stoic? That it wasn?t possible?

Not at all. They talked about other things?virtue, resilience, self-command, managing the passions?because they believed when you handled that, happiness would ensue. As Dr. Becky Kennedy writes in her wonderful book Good Inside, if you want to raise happy kids, you don?t try to make them happy. You try to make them resilient and self-aware. She writes, speaking of both kids and parents, ?The wider the range of feelings we can regulate?if we can manage the frustration, disappointment, envy and sadness?the more space we have to cultivate happiness. Regulating our emotions essentially develops a cushion around those feelings, softening them and preventing them from consuming the entire jar. Regulation first, happiness second.?

In today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan talks stoics and growth hacking over virtual for HP. ?Advance Compute and Solutions?. HP produces some the worlds most powerful PCs used by Creatives, Designers, Engineers, and Analytics teams. So we?re dealing with the leading edge technology and partner with the likes of companies like Intel, AMD and Nvidia.

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2024-01-25
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Keep Your Head Out Of The Clouds

The image of the philosopher is typically that of an academic, one preoccupied with big, theoretical ideas. You know, the kind of brilliant but absent minded professor. The one so hard at work on the mysteries of the universe?that they put on mismatching socks. The one that can?t remember where they put their car keys, the one who doesn?t have time for the pesky issues of life or human affairs because they?re on the verge of some breakthrough.

But what?s so refreshing and relatable about the Stoics is that although they too were brilliant, they?re heads weren?t stuck in the clouds. No, they were down here on Earth, doing the people?s business?running for office, fighting in wars, raising children, cultivating a farm. In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius reminds himself to not let his mind wander too much. In another passage, he says to put his books aside and get busy with life. Seneca said that, unlike the Epicureans, a Stoic would only not be involved in politics and current affairs if something prevented them from doing so.

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2024-01-24
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Tim Ferriss On Generosity And Dealing With Difficult People (Pt 2)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with author and early-stage technology investor/advisor Tim Ferriss on the essence of Stoicism, fear setting, and exaggerating the downside of things. How stoicism helped Tim manage the catastrophe of success and criticism and his podcast Tim Ferriss Show, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads. It has now exceeded 900 million downloads.

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company?s ?Most Innovative Business People? and one of Fortune?s ?40 under 40." He is also the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

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2024-01-24
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Somebody Lit From Within | 10 Stoic Habits To Practice In 2024

Agrippinus once told another philosopher that while everyone else wanted to blend in, he was content to stand out?to ?be the red thread? in the sweater, the one that makes the garment beautiful. It wasn?t attention and fame he was after, nor was he rewarded for standing out in this way. In the end, Agrippinus was exiled (his father was executed for similar crimes). Cato could have made a fortune in politics, if he was after the same things his peers were after. He could have wielded enormous power. But he wasn?t willing to do what everyone else was willing to do. Fame and money were not what motivated him, it?s not what lit him up.

It was a loose cohort of Stoics?we tell their stories in the book Lives of the Stoics?was heroic and incredible, as virtue always is. They stood out, backlit against the sameness, the cowardice, the complicity of their times. Still, they suffered for this courage, these principles, this desire to be themselves. We should take their example, but be sure not to take it lightly.

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If you can cultivate good habits, you can survive?even thrive on?what lies ahead. If you relapse and fall to the level of your worst habits, these hard times will only be harder. Epictetus said habits?good and bad?were like a bonfire. Every time we perform a habit, we reinforce it, we add fuel to the fire. In this video excerpt Ryan Holiday outlines 10 Stoic habits that can change your life in 2024.

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2024-01-23
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You Have To Be Able To Deal With This | A Little Better Every Day

Emotions are a part of being human. They?re a part of us. They?re hardwired in. So it?s a mistake to think that Stoicism is about the suppression or elimination of this?how would that be part of ?living in accordance with nature??

In her wonderful book about parenting, Good Inside, Dr. Becky Kennedy reminds parents that it?s impossible to simply remove your children?s uncomfortable feelings. You can?t?just as your parents couldn?t?tell them to stuff them down. You can?t gaslight them into thinking they aren?t there. You can?t make life so wonderful and fun that they?re never sad or angry or jealous or frustrated.

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In today's Daily Stoic Journal reading, Ryan explores the Stoic idea of bettering oneself with small steps every day by reflecting on quotes from Seneca, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.

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2024-01-22
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5 Ways That Ego Holds Us Back And Unlocking Human Potential

In today's weekend episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks Unlocking Human Potential, and Conquering your ego with YPO West Michigan and YPO Gold Chapter in West Michigan. YPO is the global leadership community of extraordinary chief executives.

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2024-01-21
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Tim Ferriss on Making Better Decisions and Solving Problems (Pt 1)

On this episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with author and early-stage technology investor/advisor Tim Ferriss on the essence of Stoicism, fear setting, and exaggerating the downside of things. How stoicism helped Tim manage the catastrophe of success and criticism and his podcast Tim Ferriss Show, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads. It has now exceeded 900 million downloads.

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company?s ?Most Innovative Business People? and one of Fortune?s ?40 under 40." He is also the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

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2024-01-20
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It?s Cheap To Be Dead | Wherever You Go, There Your Choice Is

When you consider the insane amounts of money that some people feel the need to accumulate, when you see their estates, when you see them pinch every penny, what they?ll do for a dollar, when you reckon with the costs?to family and friends?it took to earn all this, you might assume they get to take it all with them when they die.

Of course, we don?t. The Roman poet Juvenal joked that while Alexander was living, the whole world could not contain him, but in death, a coffin was sufficient. The humbling wisdom of this joke is one we ought to remember too, as we save ?for retirement,? as we ?invest for the future,? as we ?build our legacy.?

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In today's Daily Stoic Journal excerpt, Ryan examines the power of choice through the Epictetus quote: "A podium and prison is each a place, one high and the other low. But in each place your freedom of choice is to be maintained if you so wish."

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2024-01-19
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Regulation First, Happiness Second | Ask DS

We talked recently about a piece of advice from the therapist and children expert Dr. Becky Kennedy (she has a great book called Good Inside and was an awesome recent guest on the Daily Stoic podcast). She was saying that the key to raising happy children is to focus on emotional regulation first. By helping them name and manage their emotions, she explains, we are creating room for happiness. ?Regulation first,? she writes, ?happiness second.?

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And In today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan talks discipline is destiny, how businesses use the same form of stoicism, and creating work that is timeless to 150 Entrepreneurs from all over the world + diverse range of industries (Tech, Hospitality, Service, Ecommerce, NYT Best-Selling Authors, etc)

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2024-01-18
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You?re Always Where You Leave Yourself

It feels like it will make a difference, that long awaited trip. That exciting new job that will keep you very busy, make you very rich. That pioneering new plant medicine. That distracting pleasure.

?Thus does each man flee himself,? Seneca says, quoting Lucretius, in his criticism of those Romans who sought out every opportunity to indulge their wanderlust. We like to think we can get away from our problems, that it will be different there, that a change of scenery will change us.

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2024-01-17
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