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 Apr 17, 2021

chris
 Jan 11, 2021

John
 Oct 5, 2020
I listen to this podcast every morning while I make my coffee. If you follow the ancient philosophy of Stoicism (or you're curious about it) this is a great way to ground yourself for a few minutes each day. Ryan produces longer episodes, too, featuring interviews with successful people who embody the philosophy. These are also well done, but I listen to them infrequently due to time constraints.

Kim
 Aug 6, 2020
I used to really enjoy his stoic mornings but he has abandoned stoicism for political beliefs and virtue signaling. It's a shame that if he reads this, he will think this adds to his virtue but it does not. and it is not in line was stoicism nor is it helpful.


 Jul 13, 2020

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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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Michael Gervais on the Path to Excellence | You Have To Wrestle With This
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Ryan reads today's Daily Stoic meditation and talks to sport psychologist and entrepreneur Dr. Michael Gervais about his work in elite performance, the practical path to excellence, how to find purpose and meaning in your life, and more.

Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who has worked with NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, numerous Olympic medalists, and MVPs from every major sport. Dr. Gervais is the host of the popular Finding Mastery podcast that explores the psychology of the world’s most extraordinary thinkers and doers. Dr. Gervais created an online master class for the mind and  co-authored the recently released Audible Original, Compete to Create, about how to train the mind.

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Apr 21, 2021
You Don't Need Everyone, Just More
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“It’d be wonderful if we could get everyone on board. If evidence and data and civic duty convinced people to do the right thing, the smart thing, the selfless thing. It feels like we’re living through a unique era for this kind of dissonance and denialism, but the reality is that since even before Marcus Aurelius' time, getting everyone on board for the right thing has been impossible.”

Ryan explains why you can’t expect everyone to do the right thing, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 20, 2021
This Is The Only Acceptable Form of Anger | Impulse Control
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 “There is an expression popular amongst basketball coaches. A coach doesn’t “get” a technical foul, they take one. If you’ve ever watched Gregg Popovich coach, you’ve seen it. When his team isn’t playing with enough passion, when the refs are getting complacent, when the crowd needs to be fired up, or when he’s just plain tired of watching his team not do what they’re supposed to be, he’ll pick a call to get angry about and take a technical foul. Sometimes he’ll even say to his assistant coach right beforehand, “You’re going to have to coach the rest of this game,” and then he’ll keep yelling until he gets a second technical and has to head back into the locker room.”

Ryan discusses the practical use of an otherwise destructive emotion, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 19, 2021
Life Is About What We Can Do For Each Other
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“Why are we here? It’s an impossible question to answer, I suppose. Of course, on a fundamental evolutionary level, we’re here to pass along our genes. This is why we strive for success. This is why we lust for sex. This is what keeps the species going. But equally encoded in that evolutionary software and in our culture is another purpose, another less selfish drive: The drive for meaning. Merely to subsist, to persist—what kind of existence is that?”

Ryan reads his recent article about the responsibility of service that life demands from us all.

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Apr 18, 2021
Admiral James Stavridis on James Stockdale and the Voyage of Character
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to Admiral James Stavridis about the voyage of character as detailed in his book Sailing True North, his friendship with the modern day Stoic James Stockdale, the urgency of educating yourself through books and reading, and more. 

Admiral James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. naval officer. He served for five years as the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 and is currently an Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm. His new book 2034: A Novel of the Next World War was released in March 2021.

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Apr 17, 2021
It All Turns on Concentration
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“We often think that greatness is a synonym for brilliance. That great leadership is all about magnetism and communication. For which we need vision and boldness, allies and luck. And of course, to be successful in any field, but particularly in leadership, all of those things are true. But we also need something far simpler that is yet even more rare.”

Ryan explains why everything hinges on your ability to do this one thing, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 16, 2021
You Are Not Alone | Pay Your Taxes
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“Sometimes it can feel like you’re a solitary warrior. Certainly Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations reads like that at times. He feels like the last honest man. The last good man. The only one keeping the faith.”

Ryan explains the struggle that we all share, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 15, 2021
Author Bonnie Tsui on the Wonders of Water | Pressure, Like Power, Reveals
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Ryan reads today's Daily Stoic email and talks to author Bonnie Tsui about her new memoir, Why We Swim, their mutual adoration of swimming, how physical exercise can be a catalyst for creative thinking, the philosophical benefits of spending time in the water, and more. Her newest piece, The Uncertain Sea, is available now on Scribd.

Bonnie Tsui is the author of many books including American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, which won the 2009-2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her past accolades include the 2019 National Press Foundation Fellowship and the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award at Harvard University.

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Apr 14, 2021
Not Who’s Right, What’s Right
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“You have your views. You have your side of things. You have the team you’re on, the group you belong to. So instinctually, naturally, you default there. You started out making your argument, believing that things should go this way or that way, so what are you gonna do? Just give in? You’re going to let them win? How Stoic is that?”

Ryan discusses the important distinction between facts and feelings, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 13, 2021
You Can—No, You Should—Forget About This. | Test Your Impressions
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“You’ve been wronged. Someone let you down. Something didn’t go your way. This person stole from you. That one lied to you. She betrayed you. He insulted you right to your face. The surefire deal fell through. Your most lucrative client decided to go with another vendor. Your dream girl found somebody else.”

Ryan explains why the art of letting go is essential to success, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 12, 2021
Cicero on How to Tell a Joke
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Today’s episode features a section from Michael Fontaine’s How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor published by Princeton University Press and HighBridge audio, a division of Recorded Books. How to Tell a Joke is a modern translation and collection of Cicero and Quintilian’s timeless advice about how to use humor to win over any audience.

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Apr 11, 2021
Charles & Chase Koch on the Power of Principles
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to Charles and Chase Koch about challenging assumptions and leaning on first principles, the advantages of a bottom-up approach as detailed in Charles’ new book Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, how to make a difference by working together locally, their philanthropic organization Stand Together, and more. 

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Apr 10, 2021
Remember: Little Things Are Not Small
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“George Washington’s favorite saying was “many mickles make a muckle.” It was an old Scottish proverb that illustrates a truth we all know: things add up. Even little ones.”

Ryan discusses why small things make a big impact, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 09, 2021
But What Will We Do IF? | The Cost of Accepting Counterfeits
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“A few days ago we talked about this paralyzing fear—the “preemptive whataboutism” that holds people back from doing the right thing. It’s why we don’t speak up about somebody on our side. Why we won’t take that career risk. Why we don’t see enough real leadership.”

Ryan explains why you can't let the concept of the future disturb you, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 08, 2021
Arthur Brooks on Stoicism vs. Epicureanism | You Don’t Know What’s Going On With People
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Ryan reads today's Daily Stoic email and talks to Arthur Brooks about the differences and similarities in Stoicism and Epicureanism, the obligation we have to each other as human beings, the importance of virtue in modern society, and more.

Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019) and The Conservative Heart (2015). He is a columnist for The Atlantic and host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks.

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Apr 07, 2021
Who Are You Studying Under?
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“It’s interesting to think of the Stoics, from Marcus Aurelius to Zeno, reaching back through the centuries like links in a chain (from Z to A no less!).”

Ryan explains the importance of choosing who you learn from, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 06, 2021
Better Days Will Shine Through | What Can Go Wrong… Might
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“Imagine you are Seneca and tuberculosis has claimed ten years of your life in convalescence. Imagine you are Seneca and after climbing to the top of Roman life, you were cruelly exiled to some rock in the middle of nowhere.”

Ryan explains how Fortune behaves as she pleases–what she gives she takes away, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 05, 2021
Today is a Day of Rebirth | A Day in the Life of a Stoic
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On today’s special episode of the podcast, Ryan describes the universal message of redemption that can be found in the story of Jesus Christ’s execution. He also takes us through a typical day and what he does to keep balance and clarity as he goes through his day according to Stoic philosophy. 

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Apr 04, 2021
Lt. General H.R. McMaster on Strategic Empathy and Seneca’s Contradiction
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On today’s episode, Ryan talks to Lt. General H.R. McMaster about why leaders must study history and philosophy, his book Dereliction of Duty about the controversial Vietnam war, Seneca’s complicated service for the emperor Nero, and more.

H.R. McMaster is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who served as the 26th United States National Security Advisor. He is known for his roles in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His book, Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World, was released in September 2020 and is an overview of the most critical foreign policy and national security challenges that face the United States in the modern age. 

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Apr 03, 2021
If You’re Not Feeling This, You’re Doing It Wrong
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“You see them in the comments sections. You see them on social media. You hear it come out of the mouths of friends, family members. Sometimes it’s casual. Other times it’s uncouth. Sometimes it’s couched in intellectualization or an economic analysis.”

Ryan explains why we must always consider the whole, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 02, 2021
Just Keep Hammering Away | The Color of Your Thoughts
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“There is something delightfully simple about Ulysses S. Grant. Napoleon seems like some sort of larger than life figure, a peerless genius like the freak athletes we see on television. The same for the incredible heroism of Admiral Stockdale. Their accomplishments are impressive, but not exactly relatable.”

Ryan explains why you must keep your emotions under control to continue the work, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Apr 01, 2021
A Book Isn’t A Mirror. It’s A Door!
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“A couple weeks ago, we talked about Fran Lebowitz’s secret to be immensely rich. They also happen to be a secret to empathy and understanding. There has been a big push lately for diversity and inclusion in books and television. This is important, obviously, because any system that does exclude voices is an unjust one. But we should also be careful in our pursuit—as readers or consumers—of art about people like me.

Ryan explains why gaining perspective through reading is so important, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 31, 2021
Author Robert Wright on Buddhism vs Stoicism
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Ryan speaks to the author and journalist Robert Wright about the Stoic obligation to being involved in politics, staying creative while controlling your own destiny, the temptations and distractions of social media, and more. 

Robert Wright is an author and journalist who has written five books including The Moral Animal and Why Buddhism Is True. He has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. His weekly newsletter Mindful Resistance is sent out every Saturday.

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Mar 31, 2021
You Can’t Buy Fearlessness
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“There’s no question that the super rich can afford better medical care than you. They have access to the best doctors, the most cutting-edge treatments. So, naturally, they are living longer—they are buying what scientists are calling “radical life extension.” In fact, some thinkers believe this will be a source of conflict in the future. Today, we have income inequality. Tomorrow, it will be longevity inequality.

Ryan explains why you need to conquer the fear of death, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 30, 2021
What Would Less Look Like? | Say No to the Need to Impress
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“This has not been fun. It’s been brutal. But it has been, at least, an exercise in that question that the Stoic aficionado Tim Ferriss is a fan of: What would less look like? Less flights. Less dinners out. Less meetings. Less income. Less time with friends.”

Ryan explains why you must focus on what is essential, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 29, 2021
These Simple Words Will Help You Through Life's Most Difficult Situations
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On today's episode, Ryan introduces 3 core Stoic concepts that are sure to help you through whatever life puts in front of you. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche would describe his formula for human greatness as amor fati—a love of fate. Memento Mori—the ancient practice of reflection on mortality that goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.” The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t.

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Mar 28, 2021
Agnes Callard on Socrates and Wisdom
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On today’s episode Ryan speaks to professor and author Agnes Callard about the philosophical model that Socrates passed down, the ancient problem of fundamentally flawed people, how to re envision success and ambition, pulling rather than pushing your children towards philosophy, and more. 

Agnes Callard is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago (ancient philosophy and ethics). She wrote Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming and wrote the lead essay in On Anger, one of the New Yorker’s top books of 2020. 

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Mar 27, 2021
You Can Do This. You Can Do This.
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“Marcus Aurelius didn’t believe he was suited to be emperor. In fact, when he received the news of Hadrian’s plans to have Antoninus Pius adopt him and place him next in line for the throne, he broke down in tears. There was no one he revered more than Antoninus. How could he possibly live up to the task of following in his footsteps?

Ryan explains why you have everything you need to live up to the moment that you are in, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 26, 2021
There Will Always Be These Kinds of People | Wealth and Freedom are Free
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“It’s easy to become disappointed with humanity each time you step into your car. Not even because of how angry and aggressive some drivers are. Or from the amount of litter you see on the side of the road. The slow, clueless drivers who needlessly cause traffic are sufficient.”

Ryan explains why you have to prepare yourself for what life throws at you, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 25, 2021
You Are Blessed
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“It’s easy not to feel blessed. We look readily for what we don’t have rather than what we do. We see people who are taller, who look better, who have more and feel deprived. Why couldn’t I have been born rich? Why couldn’t my company have gotten that contract? Why can’t I play in the NFL?

Ryan discusses why your perception of your life defines your true wealth, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 24, 2021
Volleyball Legend Gabrielle Reece on Relationships and Finding Enough
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Ryan speaks to Gabrielle Reece about how the Stoics valued hard work, the stillness that is required to accurately observe ourselves, how to properly maintain healthy relationships and find enough for yourself, and more. 

Gabrielle Reece is a professional volleyball player and author of the New York Times bestseller My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper. She is also an executive member of Laird Superfood and is also the host of the Gabby Reece Show.

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Mar 24, 2021
Power Doesn’t Corrupt, It Reveals
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“There were not many good emperors in Rome. There have not been many good kings since. In fact, there haven’t been many good leaders ever—there is something about power that seems to bring out the worst in people. It seems to be a light which destroys the moths that are drawn to it.”

Ryan discusses why your character is defined by what you do, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 23, 2021
We Can’t Let This Go On | The Portable Retreat
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No man is an island. We’ve taken the line from the John Donne poem and turned it into a common expression, but we’ve missed the point. It’s not simply that we can’t exist by ourselves. It’s much deeper than that.”

Ryan explains why we must recognize that we are all a part of the whole, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 22, 2021
7 Ways Marcus Aurelius Will Help You Journal Like A Pro
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On today’s podcast, Ryan discusses 7 strategies that can help you develop a highly effective journaling habit. Almost 2000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius stole time away from his incredibly busy life full of obligations to write in his journal. By some incredible stroke of luck, that journal survives to us today. And though it is full of countless pieces of wisdom and important lessons to us, perhaps its greatest teaching is held in its very existence. The fact that this person who thought so deeply and was so highly effective took the time to regularly write out his thoughts is one of the most important things we can take away from "Meditations." 

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Mar 21, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Fader on Peak Performance
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Ryan speaks to psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader about how difficult mental preparation and training can help lead to peak performance, the unseen value of time and developing a method for clear decision making, creating a routine to create and retain gains, and more. 

Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist best known for working with professional athletes in the MLB and NFL. He is part of The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Mental Performance Initiative and a frequent contributor to the national conversation on performance. He is a co-author of the book, Coaching Athletes To Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport as well as his debut book Life as Sport

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Mar 20, 2021
It’s Possible To Tune These Things Out
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“We have so many strong opinions. Especially about things we don’t like. We don’t like it, and we want you to know that we don’t like it—that musician, that politician, that restaurant, the way that so-and-so talks.”

Ryan discusses the importance of having the ability to stick to your own path, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 19, 2021
This is the Secret to Real Wealth | Impossible Without Your Consent
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“What is the point of reading? ’To me,’ Fran Lebowitz tells Martin Scorsese in the new ‘Pretend It's A City’ docuseries, ‘[reading] is just a way of being immensely rich. This may be the reason I never cared about money. Because as soon as you can read, you are incredibly rich.’”

Ryan  explains why reading is the key to a rich life, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 18, 2021
Start Strong, Finish Strong. That Is The Way.
220

“It was on this day 1841 years ago that Marcus Aurelius came to the end. It had been an incredible life, as we’ve talked about. From an ordinary kid to the ruler of the world, this boy who would be king, had made the absolute best of the hand he had been dealt. He hadn’t been corrupted by power, but shared it. He hadn’t been made bitter by adversity but great because of it. Even the plague--which had dragged on for years--had brought out the best in Marcus Aurelius.”

Ryan explains why you must try to live up to Marcus Aurelius’s example, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 17, 2021
Guitarist Nita Strauss on Music and Philosophy
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to musician Nita Strauss about their mutual love of Iron Maiden, how she uses Stoicism to approach life as a female musician, how she has had to pivot due to the pandemic, and more. 

Nita Strauss is a musician and is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper. She was the first female signature artist to sign a deal with Ibanez guitars and was also ranked No. 1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know."

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Mar 17, 2021
So, How Did You Do?
233

“It’s been a year, as unbelievable as that is to write. Time has dragged. It has flown by. On March 14, 2020, almost exactly one year ago, we sent out an email about the rising threat of COVID-19 and its relation to the timeless dictum of Stoicism: We weren’t going to be able to control what had happened, but we could control how we responded.”

Ryan discusses the past year and asks you to reflect on how you handled it, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 16, 2021
Always Consider the Unconsidered Consequences | Think About It from the Other Person’s Perspective
645

“A little while back we talked about the bold stroke—inspired by the Stoics—which struck down Julius Caesar and his reign on the Ides of March. This moment has always been judged ambiguously by historians. Yes, Caesar was a tyrant… but did the ends justify the means? And what were the ends? Were they successful? Were things better or worse?”

Ryan explains why you must think it all the way through before you act, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 15, 2021
Plutarch on How To Be A Leader Part 2
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Today’s episode features another excerpt from Jeffrey Beneker’s How To Be A Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership. How To Be A Leader is a modern translation and collection of essays about successful leadership from the ancient biographer Plutarch.

Jeff Beneker is a Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His primary research interest is in Greco-Roman biography and historiography. In addition to teaching courses in Greek language and literature, he teaches lecture courses on Classical Mythology, Greco-Roman religion, and Greek civilization.

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Mar 14, 2021
Steven Pressfield on Battling Resistance and Winning With Love
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Ryan speaks to his friend and fellow author Steven Pressfield about battling resistance and becoming who you were meant to be, the triumph of good over evil and ultimately love, his new novel A Man At Arms, and more. 

Steven Pressfield is the author of several critically acclaimed books including Gates of Fire, an epic novel about the battle of Thermopylae, and The War of Art, a guide to unlocking the creative potential inside yourself. 

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Mar 13, 2021
What Can You Give Up To Help Others?
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“It’s impossible to overstate the terror and uncertainty that swarmed Marcus’ life. Just while writing Meditations, Rome fought a war against the Parthians that lasted five years. The River Tiber had one of the worst floods in history, destroying homes and livestock, and delivering a famine. Eventually victorious against the Parthians, celebrations were short-lived because returning soldiers brought home a deadly contagion, which became known as the Antonine Plague.”

Ryan challenges you to find some way to give back as Marcus Aurelius did, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 12, 2021
You’ll Never Get Your Pound of Flesh | Living Without Restriction
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“They screwed you over. Hurt your career. They disrespected you. They blew it. They did...whatever. Now, you want your revenge. You want them to suffer as you suffered. You want them to know, to feel, the same thing that you’re feeling. The Stoics talk about justice, so that’s OK, right? They shouldn’t be able to get away with this!”

Ryan explains why you cannot dwell what is done to you, even if you know that it’s not right, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 11, 2021
Put The Weight Right On Me
197

“So much happens in life. There is so much happening. Forget macro events—there are dogs that get sick in the middle of the night. There are trips that need to be made to the store. There are unpleasant conversations to have. Bills that somebody has to pay. Dishes to be done. Hard decisions to make.”

Ryan discusses why a Stoic leans into responsibility and adversity instead of avoiding it, and launches his new book The Boy Who Would Be King, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 10, 2021
Illustrator Victor Juhasz on Marcus Aurelius and The Boy Who Would Be King
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On today’s podcast, Ryan speaks to his collaborator and illustrator for his new book The Boy Who Would Be King about the process of creating the art for the book, imposing discipline on yourself, how he was impacted by Marcus Aurelius’ story, and more. 

Victor Juhasz is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine, and more. He has illustrated many books including G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet and is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet.

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Mar 10, 2021
If You Want To Be Great...
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“You can’t find a single page in Meditations where you get the sense that Marcus was attuned to his extraordinariness. There’s nothing about a legendary moment of courage on the battlefield. Nothing about a remarkable imparting of wisdom to a young politician at the perfect time. Nothing about a spectacular display of patience in the courtroom.”

Ryan discusses the Stoic’s formula for greatness, and launches his new book The Boy Who Would Be King, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 09, 2021
You Will Fight This Battle All Alone | What Expensive Things Cost
552

“It would be wonderful we were aligned on this. It would be nice if the world was your ally, that it was green lights all the way—for your diet, for your sobriety, for the path to virtue. But it isn’t.”

Ryan discusses the individual battle that we all face, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 08, 2021
How to Beat Procrastination With Stoicism
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Procrastination is something we all have to struggle with. It can be so tempting to put off a daunting task indefinitely. On today’s episode, Ryan talks about how Stoicism has helped him overcome procrastination, be more productive, and have more free time. 

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Mar 07, 2021
Allie Esiri On the Power of Poetry and Daily Reads
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On today’s podcast, Ryan speaks to writer Allie Esiri about the Stoic’s infatuation with ancient poetry, how to read and find insight in poetry, how the greatest writing communicates to us on a subliminal level, and more. 

Allie Esiri is a writer and former actress in stage, film, and television. She has released several poetry anthologies including 2020’s, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, a collection of passages from Shakespeare's greatest works. 

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Mar 06, 2021
Success Can Make People Better... Or Worse
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“Success made Marcus Aurelius better. It seems to have made Seneca worse. Marcus turned to philosophy in his twenties, was first selected for the throne as a teenager, and fully inherited the throne at age 40. Despite the truism that absolute power corrupts absolutely, he somehow managed to not only maintain his philosophical principles from the throne, but seems to have taken the opportunity to become kinder, more reflective, more generous, and more open-minded the longer he was in power. ”

Ryan discusses the impact that success has on character, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 05, 2021
Respect the Man Who Stands Alone | Awareness Is Freedom
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“It’s hard not to read about Cato’s life and not be struck by how often the man stood alone. He stood alone as Quaestor, as he reformed Rome’s treasury. He was the sole voice willing to say “No” when people wanted to spend money the empire didn’t have.”

Ryan talks about the importance of living by principles and respecting others who do the same, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 04, 2021
Keep Doing This—You’ll Always Need It
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“You’ve been reading for years now. You’ve been studying your Stoicism. You’ve been keeping up with your morning journals, doing your evening review. So when does this all culminate and coalesce into wisdom? When are you good? Never. The answer is never. “Until when is a person obligated to study Torah?” Maimonides once asked. “Until the day of one’s death.””

Ryan explains why the pursuit of wisdom is never ending, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 03, 2021
Author Ron Lieber on Money and Values
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Ryan speaks to author Ron Lieber about the key Stoic virtue of temperance, how money can be a great tool for teaching, how parents and kids should approach college and gap years, and more.

Ron Lieber is a bestselling author of several books and has been a New York Times columnist since 2008. His newest book The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make released in January 2021. 

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Mar 03, 2021
Are You Really That Special?
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“You’ve been reading for years now. You’ve been studying your Stoicism. You’ve been keeping up with your morning journals, doing your evening review. So when does this all culminate and coalesce into wisdom? When are you good? Never. The answer is never. “Until when is a person obligated to study Torah?” Maimonides once asked. “Until the day of one’s death.””

Ryan explains why the pursuit of wisdom is never ending, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 02, 2021
Don’t Get Even, Get Justice | Cultivate Indifference
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“These are angry times… with plenty to be angry about. From politicians that have failed us to systemic evils that have gone on for too long. Maybe you’re someone who was conned, pressured into spending money you didn’t have with the hope of promises someone didn’t keep. Maybe you were hurt in an accident. Maybe you were wrongly deprived of your liberties or fair share.”

Ryan explains why justice should always prevail over anger, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Mar 01, 2021
Plutarch on How To Be A Leader
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Today’s episode features an excerpt from Jeffrey Beneker’s How To Be A Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership. How To Be A Leader is a modern translation and collection of essays about successful leadership from the ancient biographer Plutarch.

Jeff Beneker is a Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His primary research interest is in Greco-Roman biography and historiography. In addition to teaching courses in Greek language and literature, he teaches lecture courses on Classical Mythology, Greco-Roman religion, and Greek civilization.

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Feb 28, 2021
Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke on Building a Better Future
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Ryan talks to Shopify CEO and founder Tobias Lütke about his introduction to Stoic philosophy, how Stoicism can be a guide to wealth and power, the importance of builders and entrepreneurs in society, and more.

Tobias Lütke is the founder of Shopify, a Canadian e-commerce firm that helps companies set up and run online stores. Lutke grew up in Germany and moved to Canada in 2002. Shopify had 1,000,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries using its platform as of January 2021.

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Feb 27, 2021
You Must Find Your Rules and Stick To Them
180

“It’d be wonderful if life never tempted you, if you could just go day-to-day, winging it and always do right. But that’s not how the world is. That’s not who you are. If left to our own devices, with enough opportunities, eventually we’ll mess up—we’ll drift, we’ll stray.”

Ryan explains the importance of abiding by your own set of rules, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 26, 2021
This Is the Great Equalizer | Smoke and Dust of Myth
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“Imagine what it must have been like to be Alexander the Great, conquering most of the known world by the time you were 30 years old. Born into royalty, you surpass even the incredible accomplishments of your father, to rule an empire of some 3,000 miles.”

Ryan discusses where we are all headed and why it levels the playing field, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 25, 2021
What It Means To Carry the Fire
148

“We’ve talked about this before—this idea of Carrying the Fire. It’s a concept that comes to us from the beautiful and haunting novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Set in an apocalyptic world, one that echoes Rome in the aftermath of the Antonine Plague or even our own days of pandemics and unprecedented unemployment, the novel follows a young boy and his father who are trying to survive in a world of darkness.”

Ryan uses a concept from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to explain the importance of the four Stoic virtues, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 24, 2021
Adam Grant on Ego and Knowledge
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to author Adam Grant about his new book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know, why the Stoics believed in the power of intellectual humility, how to keep your ego at bay, and more.

Adam Grant is an author, organizational psychologist, and a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Grant is the author of 4 New York Times bestselling books and the host of WorkLife, a highly rated TED original podcast.

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Feb 24, 2021
You Can’t Make People Feel What You Want
160

“It would be so nice if they could just come around. If they could get with the program. Don’t they see what we need? Don’t they see that we love them? Don’t they see that this approach is not working for them, that it’s hurting everyone, including themselves?”

Ryan discusses why you must let go of what other people feel, because it’s entirely out of your control, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 23, 2021
How Stories Teach Us The Truth | Reduce Wants, Increase Happiness
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“They seem silly. Aesop tells us stories about dogs and mice and foxes and lions. Children love them of course. Isn’t that proof that they’re childish?”

Ryan explains why all stories are windows into the truth, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 22, 2021
Stoicism and the Art of Resilience
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How does someone who was born into slavery, whose master broke their leg and crippled them for life, somehow escape all that and become one of the fathers of Stoicism and an amazing thinker? Epictetus had every reason to be unable to transcend his own struggles, but instead he is one of the most important Stoic philosophers. He lived the philosophy and it saved him.

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Feb 21, 2021
Poker World Champion Annie Duke On Choosing the Truth
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke about making ethical choices, the overlap between Stoicism and cognitive psychology, how to objectively assess your own decisions, and more.

Annie Duke is a former professional poker player and a bestselling author. She is an expert in cognitive psychology and co-founded the non-profit Ante Up for Africa in 2007 to benefit charities working in African nations. Her recent book, How To Decide, details how to be a more confident decision-maker. 

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Feb 20, 2021
Face What’s In Front of You First
178

“It’s a tempting cognitive bias but ultimately a paralyzing one. Worse, it is often complicit in very preventable evil.”

Ryan discusses why you need to concentrate on the present moment, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 19, 2021
You’re Not As Beloved As You Think | Prepare For The Storm
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“It’s easy to let self-importance set in. Look at the car they sent for you. Look at how big your office is. Look at all the people who report to you. Look at the awards you’ve won. Look at the recognition you’ve gotten. You’re a pillar of your community. You’re the best in your field.”

Ryan discusses why we have to protect ourselves from the perils of ego, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 18, 2021
There Are Going To Be These Kinds Of People In The World
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“When Barbara Bush died, a college professor in California decided to go on a tweetstorm to insult the newly deceased. For years, the Westboro Baptist Church has outdone themselves with offensive protests, including, in some cases, at the funerals of veterans. Trump mocked a disabled reporter. Give your neighbors a few posts on Nextdoor.com and you’ll quickly find that they’ve been harboring some dark thoughts they’ve been apparently dying to share.”

Ryan explains that there will always be selfish, arrogant, and ignorant people around you, and why you must accept this to move forward, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast. 

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Feb 17, 2021
James Clear On Getting 1% Better Every Day
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Ryan talks with author James Clear about practical ways to shift your internal narrative, how to begin and maintain productive habitual action, being flexible with your goals as you set and achieve them, and more. 

James Clear is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Atomic Habits, as well as a world-renowned speaker. His weekly 3-2-1 Newsletter has over 1,000,000 subscribers and is sent out every Thursday. 

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Feb 17, 2021
We Are Chosen For Things
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“It’s one of the most incredible stories in all of history. 

A young boy, out of nowhere, is chosen to be the emperor of most of the known world.”

Ryan details one of history’s greatest fables, and launches the pre-order for his newest book, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 16, 2021
It’s Easy To Forget This… But You Can’t. | Watch Over Your Perceptions
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“You have so much to do. So much going on. There are only so many rolls of toilet paper left at the store. Only so many jobs available. Only so many kids who get accepted to the Ivy League, only so many spots on the bestseller list. So you fight. You claw. You might even kill to get what you want. What choice do you have?”

Ryan explains why life is not a zero-sum game, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 15, 2021
Seneca on the Shortness of Life - Part 2
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Today’s episode features another section from James Romm’s How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life. How To Die is a modern translation and collection of Seneca’s musings on the shortness of life. 

James Romm is an author and professor of classics at Bard College in Annandale, NY. His specialty is in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and more.

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Feb 14, 2021
Tamler Sommers On the Urgency of Honor
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to professor Tamler Sommers about the obligation to spread philosophy in the modern age, the timeless dilemma of monetizing philosophy, the critical distinction between pride and honor, and more. 

Tamler Sommers is a professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He has written several books, including 2018’s Why Honor Matters. He is the co-host of the philosophy and science podcast Very Bad Wizards.

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Feb 13, 2021
Here’s Where You’ll Find True Beauty
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“As we’ve discussed before, John Adams was one of those people whose racing mind gave them little rest. He was always doing, doing, doing and more dangerously, always thinking, thinking, thinking. His friends saw the pain this caused him and he saw it himself. As he said many times, all he wanted was “tranquility of mind”—stillness—but it was elusive.”

Ryan describes the beauty that surrounds us, and why it is the height of brilliance, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 12, 2021
You Just Keep Going | Hero or Nero
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“It has been a series of body blows, hasn’t it? The economy. Politics. Our health. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe you’ve lost your hope. All of us are concerned. Each of us is unsure of lays in the future, and what kind of shape we’ll be in when it comes.”

Ryan discusses the Stoic’s formula for endurance, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 11, 2021
What Did the Stoics Think About Politics?
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“Some of you are mad before you’ve even read this email. Relax. The Stoics lived 2,000 years ago. They had little in the way of policy beliefs that are relevant to us today.”

Ryan discusses the Stoic’s obligation to being political, and why they must demand virtue from their leaders, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 10, 2021
Amelia Boone On Excellence and Endurance
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Ryan speaks to champion obstacle racer and attorney Amelia Boone about the absence of clear communication during the pandemic, creating structure and balance for success in multiple careers, how Stoicism offers tools to deal with our emotions, and more.

Amelia Boone is a 4x world champion obstacle racer as well as a full-time practicing attorney. She is one of the most decorated obstacle racers in history and has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. 

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Feb 10, 2021
No, The World Is Not Conspiring Against You
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“Sometimes it can feel like you’re surrounded by small-minded idiots. Especially when you’re trying to do something new, important, or good. All of a sudden, you’re dealing with insane red tape, incompetence, or worse, vehement protest from people who plain don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Ryan explains why we should focus our energy on being better, not on other peoples flaws, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 09, 2021
There Is Nothing Beneath the Philosopher | Suspend Your Opinions
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“We get it. You’ve worked hard. You’re a good person. You respect yourself. That’s why you’re frustrated to be in this job beneath your talents. It’s why you don’t like that your ideas aren’t getting their due. It’s why you hate wasting your time on all this low-level crap.”

Ryan explains why a Stoic excels in everything that they do, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 08, 2021
How To Use Stoicism To Control Your Anger
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Anger is antithetical to Stoicism, so naturally, the Stoics had methods of dealing with it. In this video, Ryan Holiday walks us through the various tools Marcus Aurelius used to avoid anger. If you'd like to learn more, go to https://dailystoic.com/anger

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Feb 07, 2021
Jonathan Church On Terminal Cancer and Making Peace with Fate
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On today’s episode, Ryan speaks to author and economist Jonathan Church about his brain cancer diagnosis, coming to terms with mortality through philosophy, the origin and nature of microaggressions, his new book, Reinventing Racism, and more. 

Jonathan Church is an economist and writer with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, who became a CFA charter holder in 2014. He has also published poems, a short story, and several papers in economics, which can be found at www.jonathandavidchurch.com

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Feb 06, 2021
Is This What You Spend Your Life For?
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“Early on in Address Unknown, a haunting novel about the rise of fascism in Germany in the 1930s, two German entrepreneurs write to each other with much affection about their business success. One line, written from the entrepreneur Max to his friend Martin, stops us cold in the way that truth, rendered in fiction, occasionally can.”

Ryan discusses the cost of the things and experiences that we chase after, and why we must spend our time wisely, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 05, 2021
You Don’t Have To Do This Anymore | On Being Invincible
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“In one of the most vulnerable scenes in the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix, Swift talks about how she feels while looking at a paparazzi photo of herself. Her lifelong habit she says, is to see what’s wrong with her appearance, to instinctively see that she needs to lose weight, to start monitoring what she eats more closely, quite possibly to stop eating all together.”

Ryan discusses the process of identifying and rooting out problems in our lives, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 04, 2021
The Highway Don’t Care
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“It doesn’t matter that you’re a safe driver. Or that you’ve always paid your taxes. It doesn’t matter how hard you’ve worked for this. Or that you volunteer with poor blind kids after school.”

Ryan discusses the odds that we are all up against and how indifferent they are to our lives, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 03, 2021
Bryan Doerries On the Power of Greek Tragedy and Seneca’s Plays
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On today’s episode, Ryan speaks to writer Bryan Doerries about his work in familiarizing service members and veterans with ancient Greek plays, the military history of Greek playwrights, how the performance of theatre can be a useful tool for healing, and more.

Bryan Doerries is the founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, and their families. He has written several books including The Theater of War: What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.

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Feb 03, 2021
Things Are Not That Different
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“We live in the glorious future. Yet somehow it is exactly the same as the past. The scourge of the ancient world: Pirates. Pompey fought them in Cato’s time. Bandits and highwaymen. Countless Romans suffered their depretations. Epictetus had his house broken into by one. Plagues. Marcus Aurelius lived through a decade and a half of one, likely dying of it himself.”

Ryan explains why there is nothing new under the sun, and why we should be prepared for the same trials that have come before us, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 02, 2021
This Is How a Wise Man Responds to Triggers | Focus On the Present Moment
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“There’s a story in the Talmud about a man betting his friend four hundred zuzim that he couldn’t provoke the famous rabbi Hillel into anger. The friend accepted the wager and settled on an ingenious and failproof strategy for pissing someone off: Asking really, really dumb questions.”

Ryan discusses the practice and humility that it takes to control your temper, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Feb 01, 2021
Seneca On the Shortness of Life
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Today’s episode features a section from James Romm’s How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life. How To Die is a modern translation and collection of Seneca’s musings on the shortness of life. 

James Romm is an author and professor of classics at Bard College in Annandale, NY. His specialty is in ancient Greek and Roman culture and civilization. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, the Daily Beast, and more.

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Jan 31, 2021
James Frey on Turning Chaos Into Success
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Ryan Speaks to writer and businessman James Frey about the challenges of being isolated during the pandemic, the philosophy behind his sobriety, the painful discovery of human flaws in your heroes, and more.

James Frey is the author of several bestselling books including A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, and his most recent, Katerina. He is also the founder and CEO of the transmedia production company, Full Fathom Five. 

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Jan 30, 2021
Practice Makes You Prepared
190

“In 2017, the New England Patriots were down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter of the Super Bowl. It had not been a good game. Fans had already begun to write the Patriots off. Announcers had serious doubts as to whether a comeback was possible. But somehow, against all odds, the Patriots would come back to win that game in one of the greatest victories in all of sports.”

Ryan discusses the incredible feat accomplished by the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, and why we should be prepared for whatever fortune brings our way, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 29, 2021
Can You Forgive Them? | Watching the Wise
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“They hurt you, your parents. Everyone’s did. Some in big ways, some in small ways. It’s just a fact. As the poet Philip Larkin wrote, ‘They f**k you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra, just for you.’”

Ryan discusses the universal damage that parents do to their kids, why we should do our best to forgive them, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 28, 2021
It’s A Series Of High Water Marks
178

“There’s a beautiful scene in Hunter S. Thompson’s dark memoir, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He talks about how just outside Las Vegas, in the shadow of the lights of the strip and the noise of the casinos, it’s possible to just barely discern the high water mark of the idealism of the 60s, which had by then, given way to the indulgences and selfishness of the 70s.”

Ryan discusses how we can look at history as a constancy of peaks and valleys, and how we can use this perspective to guide the present, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 27, 2021
David Roll on What We Can Learn from General George Marshall
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On today’s podcast, Ryan and historian David Roll discuss his most recent book George Marshall: Defender of the Republic, the most magnificent moment in American history, the moral obligation to remove confederate statues, and more. 

David Roll is the author of several books and is the founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, an organization that provides free legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world.

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Jan 27, 2021
Not No Emotions, No Useless Emotions
169

“Stoicism, as we have said, is not the elimination of all emotion. It’s the regulation of them. Effectively, as Nassim Taleb has said, it’s the domestication of your urges and impulses and knee-jerk reactions.”

Ryan explains that the goal of a Stoic is to react with their ruling reason, not to stuff their emotions down into a dark hole, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 26, 2021
The Present Moment Is All You’ve Got | A Little Better Every Day
551

“There’s a lot going on in your life. Good for you. It’s a sign of success. It’s also a burden, a source of stress. You’ve got projects wrapping up. You’ve got projects starting soon. You’ve got a long to-do list, a lot to look forward to, a lot to worry about.”

Ryan discusses how concentrating on the moment you are in can help you overcome stress and anxiety, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 25, 2021
How the Stoics Can Make You A Better Leader
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The Stoics have many lessons to share about leadership. From Marcus Aurelius' reflections on his rule as the Emperor of Rome, to Epictetus' experiences as a slave, the Stoics are uniquely positioned to discuss leadership and how to approach it. On today’s podcast, Ryan discusses the Stoic principles that can improve your role as a leader, no matter what you do.

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Jan 24, 2021
Susan Straight on the Power of Story
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Ryan speaks to professor and author Susan Straight about their first encounter at the University of California, Riverside, finding joy in the private process of writing, how specific books can change your life, and more. 

Susan Straight is a professor of creative writing and part of the MFA faculty at the University of California, Riverside, as well as an award-winning author. Her newest book, In the Country of Women, is a memoir based on the people of California and stories from the women in her family.

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Jan 23, 2021
There Are Only Hard Decisions
176

“Wouldn’t it be nice if everything was simple and straightforward? That’s what we’d like to think the job of a leader is. You become president—or emperor—and now that you’re in charge, things can finally be cleaned up. Just bring me the decisions, you think, and I’ll do a much better job than those fools who came before me.”

Ryan explains why we have to be prepared to make difficult decisions on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 22, 2021
You Get Bad Breaks… and Good Ones | A Morning Ritual
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“In the year 41 CE, Seneca was banished by the emperor Claudius for supposedly sleeping with Julia Livilla, the sister of Caligula. We don’t know if he was completely innocent of the accusation, but we do know that the incident was hardly an exemplar of justice. The historian Suetonius tells us that Seneca’s ‘charge was vague and the accused was given no opportunity to defend himself.’”

Ryan explains how Seneca’s fortune lead him to great depths and great heights, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 21, 2021
All The Rest Is Commentary
131

“It’s a famous story, one we’ve told before. Hillel was asked to explain the Torah. ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ he said. ‘All the rest is commentary.’”

Ryan discusses why the fundamental concepts of philosophy are all that matter, and why you should embody them, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 20, 2021
Mike Duncan On Using the Past to Guide the Future
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On today’s podcast, Ryan speaks to author and historian Mike Duncan (History of Rome podcast) about his incredibly important book, The Storm Before The Storm, and what Roman history can tell us about current events. 

Mike Duncan is an author, historian and host of the award-winning podcast series, The History of Rome, which has been downloaded more than 100 million times. His ongoing podcast series, Revolutions, explores history’s greatest political revolutions 

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Jan 20, 2021
Wake Up, You’re Fever Dreaming
126

“You want it. You want it badly. The promotion. To win that higher office. To get called up. To buy that house. To sleep with that person. To have just one free punch at you-know-who. You want it more than anything and, by god, you’re going to get it. You’re working. You’re scheming. You’re… obsessed. Honestly, what you’re in is a fever dream—a delusion of drive and lust and want.

Ryan explains the cost of striving for pleasure, and how it will crumble before your eyes, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 19, 2021
You Are Dying Every Day | The Wake Up
603

“It’s easy to see death as this thing that lies off in the distant future. Even those of us who choose not to live in denial of our mortality can be guilty of this. We think of dying as an event that happens to us. It’s stationary—whatever date it will happen at—and we’re moving towards it, slowly or quickly, depending on our age and health.”

Ryan reminds us of the power that can be found in remembering our mortality, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 18, 2021
Stoicism's Simple Secret To Being Happier
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On today’s podcast, Ryan discusses how he has used Stoic principles to find happiness and stillness in the modern world. Stoicism is a practical philosophy and one of the fundamental tenets is that if you want to be happy, you have to flip the script. You can't try to meet your desires, instead, you should limit them. 

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Jan 17, 2021
Cal Newport On the Art of Time Blocking
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to “Deep Work” author and computer scientist Cal Newport about his new Time-Block Planner, the logistics of writing a good book, what life after COVID will look like, and more.

Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of 6 books including his most recent, Digital Minimalism,  which was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the host of the Deep Questions podcast which launched in May 2020. 

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Jan 16, 2021
You Still Have Time Pt II
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“We talked a while back about one of the most inspiring lessons of Seneca’s life—that’s it’s not too late for anyone. This was a man who lost his twenties to illness, lost close to a decade of his life to exile, and then in old age was forced into a painful retirement which he turned into one of the most productive writing sprints of his life.”

Find hope for healing your past in the story of Seneca and a poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 15, 2021
Don’t Just Settle For a Shortcut, Do The Work | Peace Is In Staying the Course
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“When things are scary, when we’re overwhelmed, when we’re struggling, it’s tempting to look for a shortcut, for a pill that makes you feel better, for a TV show that helps you turn off your brain. Nothing makes that clearer than the last couple years of alarmingly destabilizing global events. People have turned to all sorts of magical solutions to get through these dark days, from meditation to self-help gurus to sending countless tweets and petitions off into cyberspace.”

Ryan discusses how to find freedom in the process of improving yourself, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 14, 2021
You Are Not Too Busy To Read
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“We get it. You’re busy. You have kids. You have a job—maybe two. You have these things you are trying to accomplish. You have to get to the gym. You have a long commute. You have all these projects around the house.”

Discover the vitality of reading and how historical leaders carved out time to make it a priority, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 13, 2021
Economist Emily Oster On Rationality and Risk
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On today’s episode, Ryan has a wide-ranging conversation with professor and economist Emily Oster. They talk about how to balance your life with children, how to communicate positive messaging, how the American government handled the pandemic, and more.

Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University, as well as the bestselling author of several books. Her most recent book, Cribsheet, aims to help improve decision making during the early years of parenting.

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Jan 13, 2021
There Is No Reason Not To Follow Your Heart
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“Steve Jobs was more interested in Buddhism than he was Stoicism. He may not have been, at least according to biographies, a particularly good person. But he was still a person, one whose perspective on life was shaped in interesting ways and utterly changed after his first brush with cancer in 2003.”

Learn how the Stoic concept of memento mori marked a turning point in Steve Job’s life, and why you too should meditate on mortality, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 12, 2021
What If This Made You Stronger? | The Sphere of Choice
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“It wouldn’t be wonderful if it weren’t true. But it is: “Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,” the philosopher and Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer said, “but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.”

Ryan explains the timeless art of turning trials into triumph, and reads this week's meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 11, 2021
The Incredible Stoicism of James Stockdale: Prisoner At War
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“On September 9, 1965, Admiral James Stockdale’s A-4 Skyhawk jet was shot down in Vietnam. He was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese and spent the next seven years being tortured and subjected to unimaginable loneliness and terror. Fortunately, three years earlier, he was recommended a book. That book, he says, saved his life.” Find out how Stoicism helped James Stockdale face unimaginable adversity, on today’s podcast. 

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Jan 10, 2021
Historian Thomas Ricks on Stoicism and the Founders
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Ryan speaks with author and journalist Thomas Ricks about his new book, First Principles, the importance of looking back at the virtues and principles embodied by the founding fathers of America, how our current political atmosphere unraveled, and more.

Thomas Ricks is an American journalist and author who has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting multiple times. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and A Soldier's Duty.

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Jan 09, 2021
Here’s What You Can Do With Those Long Odds
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“To face long odds, to face what others call an “impossibility”—some people can handle this and some people can’t. Think of the chances that Epictetus faced, when the life expectancy for a wealthy person in Rome was only a few decades, but for a slave was abysmally lower. Think of Cato, trying to stand alone against Caesar. Think of the odds faced by Marcus to not be corrupted and destroyed by absolute power. Think of Washington as he and a ragtag militia stared down the greatest army and empire in the world. Think of Stockdale in that dank prison cell, his odds of survival next to nil, telling himself that he was going to turn this into the best thing that ever happened to him.”

Ryan explains how a Stoic stands firm and does not give up hope even when at a disadvantage, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 08, 2021
You Can Find Peace
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“There’s a chapter in Epictetus’ Discourses entirely about forlornness (or solitude, depending on the translation), the state where one feels miserably and helplessly lonely. His aim is to make a careful distinction. Lonely and alone are not synonymous. One can be alone, in their own company, and feel entirely connected and at peace with the world, just as one can be in a crowd and feel miserably lonely. Similarly, Epictetus adds, the world can be at war while one is at peace, just as the world can be at peace while one is at war.”

Ryan discusses how we can always choose our response, even in the most dire of circumstances, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 07, 2021
What This Philosophy Is Here For
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“You’ve got problems. We all do. Maybe you’re having a difficult time in your relationship. Or work has worn you down. Or you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life. Maybe the pandemic has shaken you to your foundation and you’re still reeling from the blow. Or things have gone exceedingly well and now you’re overwhelmed by opportunities you never thought possible. Or you’re stuck, or you’re lacking motivation, or you’re terrified by all the uncertainties facing the world as we enter this new decade.”

Learn why Stoicism can be a practical antidote for your stress and anxiety, if you let it be, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 06, 2021
Jay Shetty On How to Think Like a Monk
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On today’s podcast Ryan talks to influencer and author Jay Shetty about his former life as a monk, finding stillness in the modern world, and focusing on the process rather than the outcome. 

Jay Shetty is a British author and influencer with a mission to make wisdom go viral. His videos have reached over 4 billion viewers and he has a combined 20 million followers on social media. He is the host of the On Purpose podcast and released his bestselling book, Think Like a Monk, in September 2020.

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Jan 06, 2021
It’s About Infusing It Into Your DNA
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“Marcus Aurelius read Epictetus… a lot. We know this because Meditations is proof of it. Almost every page has some direct quote or allusion to Epictetus. We also find, upon deeper inspection, references to the works of Panaetius, Chrysippus, the plays of Euripides, Zeno and countless other philosophers.”

Ryan explains the importance of lingering on great work so that it becomes a part of you, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 05, 2021
What Have You Managed to Get Done? | Whats Up to Us, What's Not Up to Us
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“It’s been a strange year, hasn’t it? Our days have been disrupted. Our lifestyles changed. Plans have been put on pause. Whole projects made impossible. In one sense, this pandemic has been totally unprecedented. But in another sense, isn’t it all too common? We find ourselves laid up with a broken leg. We have to spend two months away from home, cleaning up a mess in the West Coast office. We get posted overseas with little notice. We get laid off. We get exiled, as Seneca did, or we find ourselves locked up, as Stockdale did.”

Ryan discusses the importance of controlling our response, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 04, 2021
Who was Marcus Aurelius? The Life Of The Stoic Emperor
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Marcus’s "Meditations" is perhaps the only document of its kind ever made. It is the private thoughts of the world’s most powerful man giving advice to himself on how to make good on the responsibilities and obligations of his positions. On today’s podcast, Ryan talks about the man behind "Meditations," who he was, what his life was like, and how he applied Stoicism in it.

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Jan 03, 2021
Shaka Smart, Buzz Williams, Manu Ginóbili, Pau Gasol, Dominique Dawes, and Danica Patrick On Sports and Stoicism
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Today’s episode features clips from some of the best interviews about sports in 2020. Ryan talks to Shaka Smart, Buzz Williams, Manu Ginóbili, Pau Gasol, Dominique Dawes, and Danica Patrick about finding balance between greatness and happiness, what it takes to become elite, the philosophical principles behind sports, and much more.

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Jan 02, 2021
Things Are Won at the Beginning
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“Here we are at the beginning of a new year. On the one hand, today is just a day, no different than any other. Yet there is also something special about today because we are starting the year 2021. And as the expression goes, well begun is half done. In fact, the Stoics would express it a little differently, because to them, the beginning was the only thing that was up to us. As the philosopher Democritus said, ‘Boldness is the beginning of action. But fortune controls how it ends.’”

Ryan kickstarts the new year, and explains that we control how we start but not where fate takes us, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jan 01, 2021
Now Is the Time
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“We all have vices. We all have flaws. We all have things we know we want to change. What happens? Nothing happens. This is true for everyone, even Martin Luther King. ‘One day,’ King said that we tell ourselves, ‘I’m going to rise up and drive this evil out. I know it is wrong. It is destroying my character and embarrassing my family.’”

Ryan brings the year to a close, and discusses why you must get started now and quit delaying, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 31, 2020
This We Must Avoid
195

“When he was young, Seneca experimented with vegetarianism. It was a fad at the time—considered a transgressive but trendy idea from the philosopher Pythagoras. Then, soon enough, he abandoned it, forgetting quite quickly the thing he’d been so passionate about that he was willing to risk his life for (that’s how transgressive Rome perceived Pythagoras’ teachings).”

Ryan discusses why timeless wisdom will always conquer fleeting trends, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 30, 2020
Jessica Lahey, Angel Parham, Brett McKay, and Dr. Harvey Karp On Parenting and Stoicism
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Today’s episode features clips from some of the best interviews about parenting in 2020. Ryan talks to Jessica Lahey, Angel Parham, Brett McKay, and Dr. Harvey Karp about letting your kids fail, reading the classics to them, teaching them hope and decency, and how to approach parenting from a Stoic perspective.

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Dec 30, 2020
How Much Longer Are You Going To Wait?
258

“We all know professional procrastinators. You know, those people who constantly put stuff off. Who always have some new plan in the works to improve their health, their finances, their work, their friendships, their relationships. I’m ready to start eating better, they say… after the holidays. I’m ready to settle down… soon. I’m ready for my next big project… I just have to do something else first.”

Ryan explains why you can’t wait to become better, you have to take action now, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 29, 2020
You Can’t Freeze Up | Turn Words Into Works
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“Where this goes and what will happen is impossible to ascertain. The only certainty over the next few months and possibly years is uncertainty. But there is one thing you can bet on for sure: There will be a lot of decisions to make. A lot of things to do. It’s going to be essential that you don’t freeze up. You cannot become paralyzed. It is the surest way to defeat and failure.”

Ryan discusses the importance of facing what life brings you with courage, and reads this week's meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 28, 2020
These 3 Books Changed My Life Completely
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On today’s episode, Ryan discusses the 3 books that completely changed his life. Listen to find out what books had such a great impact on Ryan’s thinking, and why re-reading important books can give you new insights.

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Dec 27, 2020
Matthew McConaughey, Pete Holmes, Martellus Bennett, and George Raveling on How to Be a Modern Leader
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Today’s episode features clips from some of the best interviews in 2020. Ryan talks to Matthew McConaughey, Pete Holmes, Martellus Bennett, and George Raveling about focusing on what’s in your control, finding growth in suffering, the Stoic virtue of justice, and why all leaders are readers.

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Dec 26, 2020
This is the Tradition We Hail From
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“2,000 years ago today there was a woman who went into labor in a province of the Roman Empire, she couldn't find shelter, she was young, and she was scared. 150 years ago soldiers fighting to preserve the Union and to free their fellow man, found a way to celebrate Christmas in forts and trenches dividing a sundered Nation. Almost a century ago in the worst part of the Great Depression, parents around the world did what they could to cobble together gifts and a dinner for their hungry and exhausted families. Over 50 years ago behind the Iron Curtain huddled groups of East Berliners secretly commemorated the birth of their savior, as Soviet forces Patrol the city threatening them with arrest, or worse.”

Ryan discusses how past Christmas’s relate to this year, and compares Jesus' and Seneca's teachings, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 25, 2020
What Matters is the Response
203

“It was a dark day exactly 244 years ago. Christmas was here, at one of of the darkest times in the American Revolution. George Washington was planning to cross the Delaware, a desperate move necessitated by a string of setbacks and ebbing support for the revolution across his struggling country.”

Learn about how George Washington applied Stoic principles to help guide the Continental Army to victory, and why we should focus on what we are going to do next, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast. We created the New Year, New You Challenge to help you create a better life, and a new you in 2021. Sign up for the challenge at https://dailystoic.com/challenge.

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Dec 24, 2020
Always Give Credit to Something Greater
186

“It’s almost a cliché at this point. A reporter walks into the locker room of a victorious team and gets some version of the following quotes from the athlete who has pulled it off: ‘It was a team effort.’ ‘We worked hard and got lucky out there.’ ‘I trusted in God and did my best.’”

Ryan discusses the importance of cultivating humility, and keeping your ego at bay, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 23, 2020
Cal Newport, Jocko Willink, Tim Ferriss, and Robert Greene on Life During a Pandemic
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Today’s episode features clips from some of the best interviews in 2020. Ryan talks to Cal Newport, Jocko Willink, Tim Ferriss, and Robert Greene about time management, daily routines, how to deal with fear, and facing the truth. 

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Dec 23, 2020
If You Want to Look Better, Do This
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“Epictetus said that the root of beauty was beautiful choices. He was talking less of physical beauty, one imagines, than of true beautiful human behavior, but actually, it applies to both. A stunning woman whose looks are the result of her vanity and self-obsession will be rather unattractive when you get to know her. A man with strapping muscles acquired through steroids and a neglect of all other concerns is not really that impressive.”

Ryan explains why the intentions behind the choices you make matter, and how to start making beautiful choices, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast. 

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Dec 22, 2020
You Have To Be Ready | Stake Your Claim
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In his 91st Letter, Seneca tells Lucilius about his friend Liberalis who is “in some distress at the present moment following the news of the complete destruction of Lyons by fire.” It was a terrible, savage tragedy that calls to mind the images we see on the news all over the world on a day-to-day basis.”

Ryan explains the importance of being prepared and seizing the present moment, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 21, 2020
5 More of the Most Stoic Moments in History
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On today’s episode, Ryan discusses 5 of the most Stoic moments in history with examples from Agrippinus, Steve Scott, Kerri Strugg, Frederick Douglass, and Epictetus.

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Dec 20, 2020
The National’s Matt Berninger On Ego, Collaboration, and Slowing Down
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to the lead singer of indie rock band The National about the false glamour of the rock n’ roll lifestyle, staying creative during the pandemic, and how he has sustained a successful career in the music industry.

After quitting a career in advertising in his thirties, Berninger went on to form The National in 1999. The band has released several critically acclaimed albums, including Boxer and the Grammy-nominated Trouble Will Find Me. In October he released his debut solo album, Serpentine Prison.

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Dec 19, 2020
The Better You Get, The Less You Care…
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“Whether it’s a great athlete or a great comedian, the truth is the same. The better they get, the less they care about results. That’s not to say they don’t care about winning, or about success—of course they do—it’s that the longer you do something, the closer you get to mastery, the less external results matter in terms of measuring progress.”

Ryan discusses why you should strive to measure progress internally, rather than externally, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 18, 2020
We Are All In This Together
251

“One of the strangest pejoratives that has come up in this new divisive political era is the idea of calling someone a “globalist.” It’s particularly popular in far right circles. If someone believes in NATO, if someone can see the obvious self-interest that the United States has in basing troops on the Korean Peninsula, or if they like doing trade deals with other countries, then they are clearly a World Bank-loving globalist who is betraying their own country in favor of some traitorous preference for everyone else in the world.”

Ryan explains that we are all part of a larger whole, and why we must work together, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 17, 2020
This Is What You Have Been Working For
191

“A quarterback can spend thousands of hours in the gym, watching footage, and working on their throwing accuracy. But ultimately, what matters is what they do on Sunday. What matters is what they do in the 4th quarter. Surgeons can study pre-med, go to med school, spend years in residency, and read every scientific journal ever published. But ultimately, what matters is whether they can perform in the operating room. A musician can practice chords, study the greats, work with the best instructor, master every scale. But ultimately, what matters is how they move the audience.”

Ryan talks about the importance of not only learning from what is happening, but applying what you’ve learned, on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 16, 2020
UFC Fighter Michelle Waterson On Training the Mind and the Body
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to champion MMA fighter Michelle Waterson about the philosophy of being a mother, a business owner, and a world renowned fighter.

Known as “The Karate Hottie”, Waterson made her fighting debut in 2007 and is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. In 2013 she joined the UFC and was later ranked the #1 women’s atom weight fighter in the world. She is currently ranked #7 in the Women’s Strawweight Division.

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Dec 16, 2020
You Have to Be Willing to Change
249

“We’ve been this way for a while. We are set in our ways. We’ve always had a short fuse. We’ve always been sad about our childhood. We’ve always had trouble with our eating. We’ve never been much good at being faithful. Maybe you’ve had a mean streak. Maybe you’re too timid. Maybe you don’t like to try very hard. Maybe you don’t think you’re good enough. How’s that working out for you? Why keep going down a road that leads nowhere?”

Ryan describes why you must always be getting better and launches Daily Stoic's 2021 New Year, New You Challenge on today’s Daily Stoic Podcast.  Sign up for the challenge at https://dailystoic.com/challenge.

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Dec 15, 2020
Yes, This is Unfair, Yet... | Keep the Rhythm
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"You didn’t cause the pandemic. You might have even been one of the people who was vocal about the dangers early on. Perhaps you didn’t vote for the leaders—worldwide—who have so failed us in preventing it or protecting us. Yet here you are, stuck dealing with the fallout."  

Ryan explains the importance of doing what is right, even when faced with unfair circumstances, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast. 

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Dec 14, 2020
Death and the View From Above — An Excerpt from Don Robertson’s “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor”
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On today’s episode, Ryan features another clip from the audiobook of Donald Robertson’s 2019 book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, published by Macmillan Audio, and available wherever book and audios are sold. This chapter focuses on the last days of Marcus Aurelius, and what lessons they hold for all of us.

For more from Ryan and Donald, check out their appearance on Daily Stoic’s podcast from August, when they discussed the history behind Stoicism, the Antonine Plague, and more.

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Dec 13, 2020
Ramit Sethi on How to Live the Rich Life
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks to his longtime friend, author and financial expert Ramit Sethi. From backbreaking summer jobs in Sacramento to financial success and acclaim, Ryan and Ramit have walked a similar path—hear them talk about what they’ve learned from those shared experiences.

Ramit Sethi is a bestselling author and expert on how to use money to live the richest life. His first book, I Will Teach You to Be Rich, along with his courses and advice, has taught thousands of people how to avoid pitfalls with their money, get better jobs, and achieve financial independence.

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Dec 12, 2020
A Leader Must Be a Reader
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"A leader will be forced into countless situations that they have never been in before. Trying, painful, stressful, baffling dilemmas and difficulties unlike any they have known. Nothing could have prepared Kennedy for the Cuban Missile Crisis, but it’s a good thing he had read B. H. Liddell Hart a few years before—it was Hart’s wisdom that helped Kennedy rationally and calmly deal with that unprecedented moment. Nothing could have prepared Churchill for the outbreak of WWII… except of course, the decades he had spent as a historian, which intimately acquainted him with the strategic insights and moral clarity required to bravely fight on."

Ryan explains the importance of reading to a leader, and why we all should engage in it, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 11, 2020
Greatness Should Be Put Up For Display
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"Go stand in front of the Jefferson Monument in D.C. on an early morning, watch the sun rise through the columns and shining on those words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…” and try not to feel anything. Go stand in front of the Marcus Aurelius statue in Rome (or the replica at Brown University) and not feel as if you are a little bit closer to the man, and the incredible legacy of courage, moderation, justice, and wisdom for which he had lived."

Ryan explains the importance of who we choose to revere on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 10, 2020
This Is the Power You Have
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"Life is hard. We face insurmountable odds with so many problems. We get bad news. We mess up. We find out that what we wanted—what we deserve, what is fair—is just not in the cards for us. 

Think about Pete Frates. In his late 20s, he was hit by a pitch in an amateur league baseball game. At the doctor, shortly thereafter, it was discovered that he had ALS. Talk about “crying, stung by bee.” A sports injury uncovered a terminal diagnosis."

Find out what Frates did in response to his diagnosis, and how you can embody his spirit, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 09, 2020
Author Connor Towne O’Neill On the Battle to Shape History
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On today’s episode, Ryan talks to a fellow Southern transplant, writer Conor Towne O’Neill. They nerd out over their mutual fascination with the ghosts of American history that linger in the South, and how their presence looms in the Confederate monuments that even now, unconscionably, still stand on American soil.

Connor Towne O’Neill is an author and journalist based in Alabama. His new book, Down Along with That Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy, follows the protests and battles that surrounded recent attempts to remove monuments to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. O’Neill has also written for New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, and the Village Voice.

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Dec 09, 2020
Each of Us Has a Job to Do
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"Today, we find ourselves in the teeth of a global pandemic, one with a mortality rate close to the Antonine Plague that killed millions of people during Marcus Aurelius’ reign. Our medical efforts are running behind. Our supply chains are overtaxed. The cowardice and incompetence of many governments (or rather the heads of many governments, since responsibility falls on the leader, whether they accept it or not) has been laid bare. 

So what do we do?"

Ryan explains how we must handle this new, dangerous stage of the pandemic, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 08, 2020
How Do You Not See This? | Be Stingy With Time
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"You consider yourself a programmatic thinker, a political realist, a student of history, a righter of wrongs, a teller of truths. The world is going to hell and you know how to fix it. But maybe you’ve become blind to the way your decisions, your actions, your beliefs are contributing—not to any sort of solution, but rather to the very thing you’re bemoaning. Maybe you’re the problem."

Ryan describes why we should be wary of the absolute certainty that we know what is right and wrong, and reads this week's meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 07, 2020
Temporary Madness — An Excerpt from Don Robertson’s “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor”
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On today’s episode, Ryan features a clip from the audiobook of Donald Robertson’s 2019 book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, published by Macmillan Audio, and available wherever book and audios are sold. For more from Ryan and Donald, check out their appearance on Daily Stoic’s podcast from August, when they discussed the history behind Stoicism, the Antonine Plague, and more

Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and writer. Robertson has been researching Stoicism and applying it in his work for twenty years. He is one of the founding members of the non-profit organization Modern Stoicism. His 2019 book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (audiobook) is published by Macmillan Audio and available wherever books and audiobooks are sold.

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Dec 06, 2020
Pop Star Camila Cabello On Stoicism, Creativity and Success
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On today’s episode, Ryan talks with Camila Cabello on training your mind to work for you, finding courage and happiness in your career, how she values stillness and the idea of memento mori, and more.

Camila Cabello is one of the biggest stars in the music industry today. Cabello’s 2018 debut album, Camila, reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum. Cabello has billions of streams on digital music platforms and has won multiple awards, including two Latin Grammy Awards, and has received three Grammy Award nominations. She will be playing the lead role in the 2021 adaptation of Cinderella.

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Dec 05, 2020
You Think You’re So Powerful
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"You’re smart. You’re experienced. You’ve made a bunch of money. You have a few prestigious letters before or after your name. 

You’re a citizen of this country or that one. You’re got an impressive physique. You have a large following. 

We can start to feel pretty good about ourselves… and then life has a way of reminding us how meaningless these things really are. "

Ryan explains how your personal attributes are less important than how you respond to life, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 04, 2020
Who You Spend Time With Matters
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"We’d like to think we are above being influenced by others, but of course that’s not true. We are shaped by the people we spend time with, and the examples we observe. Benjamin Hardy has called this the “proximity effect,” and many years ago Jim Rohn famously declared that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with."

Ryan discusses why it's so important that you carefully choose who you associate with, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 03, 2020
It’s Not If You’re Reading, But WHAT You’re Reading
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Reading is an indisputable good. How could it not be? It’s hard to criticize anyone who takes the time, in this crazy, busy (and shockingly ignorant) world, to sit and read a book. 

But if wisdom is our aim, then of course, it’s not that simple. Great readers don’t just think about quantity, they think about quality.

Ryan explains how you should measure the quality of your reading on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 02, 2020
ESPN's Wright Thompson On What Makes Us Great… And Human
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Ryan speaks with writer Wright Thompson about what drives an author to cover a topic, the similarity between writing and sports, their differing writing processes, and more.

Wright Thompson is an author and journalist who covers the intersections of sports and culture. Thompson has written for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine on topics like auto racing, MMA, bullfighting and more. Thompson wrote The Cost of These Dreams and recently released the New York Times bestselling Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last.

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Dec 02, 2020
Who Will You Look For?
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If you look out at the world right now, what you’ll see at first glance is a pretty terrible picture of desperation. Steep market declines. Fear. Panic. Unemployment. People in hospitals. Leaders who have fallen down on the job at every level of government, who actually feel no shame, saying things like, “I don't take responsibility at all.”

But if you choose to be a bit more deliberate about how you look, you might see something else—a pretty amazing picture of dedication.

Ryan describes why the way you choose to perceive things is so important on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Dec 01, 2020
Look for the Smooth Handle | Balance the Books of Life Daily
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In 1811, a 68-year-old Thomas Jefferson sat down to try to put down some advice that he could pass along to his 12-year-old granddaughter Cornelia. His advice survives to us as “Canons of Conduct,” 12 rules for living.

Ryan discusses the importance of one of Jefferson's rules, and reads over the week's guidance from the Daily Stoic Journal, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 30, 2020
7 Things the Stoics Can Teach Us in 2020
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On today's episode, Ryan discusses 7 lessons we can all learn from the Stoics that are especially pertinent to the trials of 2020.

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Nov 29, 2020
Tech Investor Joe Lonsdale On How Philosophy Makes You Better at Business
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Ryan speaks with entrepreneur and investor Joe Lonsdale about the intersections of business and philosophy, what Cicero means to him, why so many people are relocating to Texas, and more.

Joe Lonsdale is a major Silicon Valley tech sector investor. A co-founder of Palantir Technologies, Lonsdale was an early investor in companies including Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, and Orca Bio, and is a partner at 8VC, his venture capital firm. Lonsdale also started the Cicero Institute, a group dedicated to public-private partnerships to solve problems.

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Nov 28, 2020
This Is Our Duty
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"That nice, warm feeling you have right now? That fullness? From the food you stuffed yourself with, from the wonderful meal you had with your family?

It’s important that you realize not everyone is feeling that right now."

Ryan explains what we can do to help others who don't have enough to eat this holiday season on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 27, 2020
Now, More Than Ever, You Have To Find This
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"On this day of American Thanksgiving, we’re supposed to make time to give thanks, to actively think about that word which has become almost cliché in wellness circles: gratitude. But what is gratitude? Some people think of it as being thankful for all the good things you have in your life. Others see it as the act of acknowledging what people have done for you or what you appreciate about others. 

While the Stoics would have agreed that all of what those interpretations encompass is important, they practiced a slightly different form of gratitude."

Find out what that different form of gratitude is, and how you can practice it, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 26, 2020
The Right Amount Is Key
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"If you’re not on guard, you’ll find yourself falling victim to the urge for just one more helping, or I’ve earned that treat. But what we are bad at calculating is what kind of person we’re going to feel like after. It’s like with drinking: it might make you friendlier at first, and then a real monster a few hours later. And the next day? Well then you won’t be good for anything."

Ryan describes why moderation is so critical on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 25, 2020
Filmmaker Daniel Lombroso on How To Stay Sane Amidst Radicalization
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Ryan talks to director and journalist Daniel Lombroso about social media and the ways that people can be manipulated and radicalized by it, the Internet-fueled rise of extremist movements, and more.

Daniel Lombroso is a filmmaker and journalist based in New York City. His most recent work is the feature documentary White Noise, which follows key figures in the American alt-right movement. Before that, Lombroso spent five years directing video shorts for The Atlantic.

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Nov 25, 2020
Anger Is a Kind of Madness
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"They didn’t have the studies to back it up, but they knew.

Anger makes you dumber. It makes you a worse leader, a worse decision-maker."

Ryan tells us precisely why anger is so irrational on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 24, 2020
Love Them as You Love Yourself | Practice Letting Go
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"Other people.

Ugh.

They are all the things Marcus Aurelius said, and more: Dishonest. Arrogant. Envious. Frustrating. Shortsighted. Selfish.

And yet? Other people are not hell, as the expression goes. They are all we have. They are not even 'other.' They are us. We are all part of one whole, the Stoics would say."

Ryan explains why we need to work for the common good, and reads over the week's guidance from the Daily Stoic Journal, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 23, 2020
Rich Roll and Ryan Reflect on Stoicism (Live Talks LA)
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Today’s episode features an interview of Ryan conducted by yesterday’s guest Rich Roll about Ryan’s latest book, Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius at a Live Talks LA event. They talk about the intersection of Stoicism and politics, the best way to live virtuously, and more.

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Nov 22, 2020
Rich Roll - Ultra-Endurance Athlete On How to Be Healthy
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On today’s episode, Ryan talks with athlete and wellness advocate Rich Roll about how our leadership has reacted to the coronavirus pandemic, the modern wellness community, the pros and cons of psychedelic therapy, and more.

Rich Roll is an author, wellness advocate, athlete, and podcast host. Roll was previously an entertainment lawyer, but after becoming sober and losing 50 lbs, Roll transformed into an ultra endurance athlete with a vegan diet. He has written a memoir, Finding Ultra, and hosts The Rich Roll Podcast.

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Nov 21, 2020
How Will You Account for This Time?
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"When Ebola was first spreading, the news would run fascinating stories about the habits of the people who were unknowingly infected. These stories are often as revealing as they are cautionary. First, how clueless people are—how flagrantly they violate warnings and guidelines out of selfishness and dismissiveness. But more interestingly, how much time people waste."

Ryan exhorts us to use the time given to us during the pandemic wisely, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 20, 2020
This Is What Echoes in Eternity
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"It’s ironic that today we celebrate the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, because the entire conceit of Lincoln’s short, 271-word address was that people would little note nor remember what he was saying. What counted to Lincoln was what the soldiers had done. 

The full measure of their sacrifice, for freedom, to preserve the Union, was beyond anyone’s ability to add or subtract. The Stoics would have agreed with that sentiment. It’s a waste of time to talk about what a good man is like, Marcus Aurelius said, we just have to be one. So what, he asked, if people remember things you said while you were alive? "

Ryan explains the hidden majesty of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 19, 2020
These Are Habits to Avoid
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"Because of how Stoicism survives to us—mostly in the form of scraps and fragments and letters—we don’t exactly have a list of dos and don’ts. There are no Ten Commandments of Stoicism. No definitive book of what they believed or didn’t. 

But in those scraps and fragments, we do get plenty."

Ryan explains what we know about how the Stoics felt about habits on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 18, 2020
Mike Herrera, Punk Rock Stalwart (MxPx, Goldfinger), On 30 Years On and Off the Road
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On today’s episode, Ryan speaks with singer Mike Herrera, founder of the punk band MxPx. They talk about being a touring musician during COVID, the insights he has gained from being in MxPx, and more.

Mike Herrera is lead vocalist, bassist, and songwriter for the punk band MxPx. Herrera founded the band in 1992 in Bremerton, WA, and it has since gone on to reach Billboard charts multiple times and sell millions of albums worldwide. Herrera also performs solo and with LA punk band Goldfinger, and he produces The Mike Herrera Podcast as well.

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Nov 18, 2020
How To Have a Great Day. Every Day.
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"A lot can happen to ruin your day. You could wake up to a freak storm, or roads gnarled with traffic. Your dog could throw up on the carpet. You could find out that the president called you out by name on Twitter. You could have the flu or food poisoning. You could just be tired. You could have a job you hate. You could get dumped… or dumped on. 

The potential nightmares are endless. 

It would be wonderful then if there was some way to counteract those looming difficulties, a pair of glasses you could put on that would change how you view anything and everything that could happen. Well, the good news is that there is and it comes to us—no surprise—from the Stoics."

Ryan explains this secret on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 17, 2020
You Can’t Predict the Future, But You Can Predict This | Judge Yourself, Not Others
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"Few saw the pandemic coming. But certainly the woefully inadequate response, at all levels, was predicted by many.

The same is true for most events, in politics, in sports, in business, in life. It’s next to impossible to know what adversity or what good luck will fall in someone’s lap. How they’ll be able to handle this—whether they’ll rise to the occasion, be corrupted or destroyed by it—on the other hand? That’s much easier to see coming.

A simple Stoic maxim guides us: Character is fate."

Ryan shows how character predicts so much about our fate, and also reads over the week's intention from the Daily Stoic Journal, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 16, 2020
The Leadership Secrets of Marcus Aurelius
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On today's episode, Ryan talks about the virtues that Marcus Aurelius brought to his position as Emperor of Rome. How did Marcus lead the Roman people through invasions and plagues, war and disaster, and still maintain his mettle? Find out on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 15, 2020
Matthew McConaughey On Winning the Role of Life
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On today’s episode, Ryan speaks with Academy Award-winning actor and producer Matthew McConaughey about his approach to the craft of acting, the simple keys to living a happy life, his new book, the #1 best seller Greenlights, and more.

Matthew McConaughey has been working in Hollywood for over 25 years, appearing in movies like A Time to Kill, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Dallas Buyers Club. His work in the latter film won him the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor. McConaughey also works as a producer and spokesperson, and recently released his first book, the bestselling memoir Greenlights.

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Nov 14, 2020
What Matters and What Doesn’t
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"It’s almost surreal to think about the things we were thinking about not long ago. How could we have been so naive? So entitled? How could we have missed the signs?

Well, no matter, life has a way of letting you know that you’ve had your head up your own ass. And there is no other expression for what Western society, particularly but by no means limited to the progressive amongst us, has done to itself. Cultural appropriation. Micro-aggressions. The War on Christmas. Does square dancing have racist origins? Are unboxing videos bad for children? How dare that guy not stand for the national anthem?"

Ryan explains what we should actually be focusing on, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 13, 2020
It’s Not Much, But It Adds Up
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"Don’t think of wisdom as something you get via epiphany or even a couple years of graduate school. No, it’s something you accumulate day by day—action by action, as Marcus Aurelius put it—over the course of a lifetime."

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Nov 12, 2020
You Must Meet It All the Same
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"We have good days. We have bad days. We will have, as Seneca experiences, moments of heartbreak and bad luck as well as strokes of good fortune and good timing. The question is how we’re going to respond to these swings of fate..."

Ryan uses a poem by Rudyard Kipling to explain the poise with which we should all meet fate, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 11, 2020
Converting a Stoicism Skeptic with Novelist Amy Shearn
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Ryan talks with author Amy Shearn about her own journey with Stoicism, how she and Ryan both wrestle with the concepts of Stoicism in a modern context, the role of women in Stoicism, and more.

Amy Shearn is an American author and essayist. During the coronavirus pandemic, Shearn became fascinated by Stoicism; she wrote about her experience learning about, grappling with, and ultimately accepting Stoicism in a popular Medium article. Shearn has written in venues like The New York Times, Slate, Jane Magazine and more; she published her most recent novel, Unseen City, in September.

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Nov 11, 2020
Ignore It. It Doesn’t Matter.
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"'“A trifle consoles us,' Blaise Pascal wrote, 'because a trifle upsets us.' We get so worked up about things that don’t matter—of course we can be convinced to drop them. Of course we can be easily distracted.

This is why Marcus talks about the importance of having no opinion."

Ryan discusses the importance of Marcus Aurelius's advice on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 10, 2020
We Can't Just Do This. (Or Can We?) | The Real Power You Have
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"Sometimes it can feel—especially lately—that we are, to use the novelist James Salter’s haunting phrase, just burning the days. We get up. We answer emails. We work. We eat. We sleep. One day bleeds into the next.

What day is it again? The weekend? Already?"

Learn how to break through that feeling in today's Daily Stoic Podcast. Also learn more about today's weekly meditation, which exhorts you to find the true, lasting sources of power that you have.

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Nov 09, 2020
The Art of Journaling
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On today's episode, Ryan goes in-depth into journaling, describing the benefits of journaling, how to get started, and more.

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Nov 08, 2020
Tank Sinatra - Meme King on how How Comedy Helps You Live
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Ryan talks with Instagram star Tank Sinatra about his unique approach to comedy, the best way to use or deal with anger, what philosophy tells us about how to handle our emotions, and more.

Tank Sinatra, aka George Resch, is a Long Island dad who runs one of the biggest meme accounts on Instagram. Since launching the original account @tank.sinatra in 2015, Resch’s Instagram accounts (which also include @influencersinthewild and @tanksgoodnews) have over 8 million followers, with even more on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the director of influence marketing at Brandfire and has written a book, Happy Is the New Rich.

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Nov 07, 2020
Here’s How to See Life
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"Most people see life as a kind of a race. They want to win. They want to get somewhere. They want to do it better than other people. Certainly, one can see how this approach can produce impressive results. By creating a competition, by creating a way to keep score, it’s natural that one will do well by those metrics. 

The problem is that life isn’t a race, and even if it were, there’s no evidence that we’re all in the same race."

Ryan explains a better way to perceive life, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 06, 2020
So, It’s Been a Rough Year?
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"This has probably not been the year you expected. Few of us went into 2020 expecting an impeachment, a pandemic, murder hornets, earthquakes, fires, record-setting unemployment and god knows what else has hit you individually. Blew out your knee? Lost a big client? A falling out?

It’s easy to sit here and say this has been a bad year. But is it really so bad? Is it 1865 bad? Winter of 1777 bad?"

Ryan puts this crazy year into perspective in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 05, 2020
The Arc Is Long… But It Bends This Way
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"When you look at a map of the world from a distance, everything seems smooth. The more you zoom in, the bumpier it gets. Suddenly, mountain ranges leap up at you. Enormous lakes emerge. Vast distances become apparent.

In a sense, history is a lot like this, too."

Ryan explains what becomes apparent if you take a step back from the day-to-day workings of history, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 04, 2020
Megha Rajagopalan On Using History to Understand Modern Authoritarianism
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Ryan talks with Megha Rajagopalan, a world correspondent for BuzzFeed News, about her reporting in China about human rights and how history informs our understanding of geopolitics.

Megha Rajagopalan is a world correspondent for BuzzFeed News. She has covered major stories in Asia and the Middle East, and has been based in China, Thailand, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Megha has also written for numerous other outlets and has appeared on NPR, BBC World News, CNN, and other outlets.

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Nov 04, 2020
Life Will Go On. What’s Your Plan?
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"Today is a day that Americans, as well as interested observers around the world, have been anticipating for some time. One of the most important elections in American history. November 3rd. For more than a year now, we’ve collectively been referring to this Election Day just by its month and day, not unlike September 11th in the US or 7/7 in the UK, for its consequential nature and the dread it creates in us. It’s a day we’ve been holding our breath for, wondering, worrying, speculating.

Now it’s here. Now what?"

Ryan explains what we know and don't know about Election Day 2020 on today's Daily Stoic Podcast. Remember to go vote if you haven't already—22 states and the District of Columbia offer same-day voter registration.

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Nov 03, 2020
We Can’t Let Anything Rattle Us/Accepting What Is
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Ryan tells the story of Athenodorus versus the ghost, and reads today's weekly meditation about accepting whatever comes your way, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Nov 02, 2020
This Thing Predicts Everything
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On today’s Sunday edition of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks about the one thing that predicts everything—character—and why it’s so important, no matter our goals.

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Nov 01, 2020
Edward Ball, Southern Writer, on the Ghosts of Our Collective Past
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Ryan talks with writer Edward Ball about what has animated the racism of the past and present, the distinction between responsibility and accountability for horrific deeds, and how to reckon with the darkest parts of American history.

Edward Ball is an author who writes about history and race. His most recent book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy, discusses Ball’s great-grandfather, a white supremacist in New Orleans during Reconstruction. Ball has written for The Village Voice and other publications and has taught at Yale and SUNY.

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Oct 31, 2020
Which Kind Will You Be?
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"There are two types of people in this world: The kind whose success makes them better and the kind whose success makes them worse. Nero and Marcus Aurelius began to be groomed for power at roughly the same age. One lusted for the throne, the other cried the day he found out he was selected for it. One murdered his step-brother, the other elevated his step-brother to an equal, making him the first co-emperor. One chased frivolity and pleasure, the other took to his job with seriousness and a sense of responsibility. One helped other people, while the other thought only of himself. "

Ryan asks all of us "What type of successful person will you be?" on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 30, 2020
An Honest Dollar Is an Impressive Thing
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"It’s not the quantity that we should care about. Something earnestly made and sold for a fair price, whether it’s millions of units or a few dozen: that’s honorable. Something earned with real effort: that’s honorable, whether it’s earned by sweeping floors or managing a company."

Ryan talks about why the effort poured into your work is in certain ways more important than the outcome of your work, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast. 

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Oct 29, 2020
There’s a Time to Make and a Time to Manage
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"There are lots of things you can pay people to do for you. You can pay them to mow your lawn or do your taxes. You can pay them to drive you from one place to another and you can pay them to sell things for you. But the one thing you cannot pay people to do for you is think."

Ryan explains why mental focus is so critical in this current, chaotic moment, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 28, 2020
Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams On Running a Business in Moments of Crisis
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Ryan speaks with Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, about finding a diet that works for you, the trials of running a growing business during the coronavirus pandemic, and, of course, how the Stoics would have felt about ice cream.

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Oct 28, 2020
Will You Do Your Duty?
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"In one sense, it’s hard to argue with the statistics that any individual’s vote makes a difference. One person out of so many? When more than 50% of the population doesn’t even bother? In a country of gerrymandering and voter suppression? In the other, it’s stunning to think that the 2016 US presidential election, which saw some 135 million votes, was decided by roughly 77,000 ballots across three states. Michigan was swung by just 10,000 voters.

But to this argument, the Stoic would scoff. Whether your vote counts or not is not the reason that one should engage in the democratic process."

Ryan describes why a Stoic takes the time to engage carefully with the democratic process—and exhorts everyone to vote—in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 27, 2020
BONUS: Ryan Talks with Robert Greene On Today's World
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On this special bonus episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan speaks with Robert Greene about the irrationality that runs through our society, the increasing frequency of scams and cons and how to deal with them, and the best strategy for focusing your political participation.

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Oct 27, 2020
Don't Lose Your Connection to the Outdoor/Build Up, Don't Tear Down
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This week we launch a new feature—every Monday, Ryan sets an intention for the week based on his book The Daily Stoic Journal. In addition to the weekly intention, Ryan also reads today's email, which exhorts you to take the time to go outdoors and connect with nature.

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Oct 26, 2020
Ryan Discusses Lives of the Stoics at 92nd Street Y
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On today’s Daily Stoic Sunday podcast, Ryan gives a virtual talk at 92nd Street Y in New York City, discussing three of the most important Stoics, and takes audience questions.

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Oct 25, 2020
How to Bounce Back - Coach Eric Musselman (University of Arkansas)
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Ryan speaks with Eric Musselman, head coach of the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team, about building on your mistakes to get better, why you need to use every tool at hand to succeed, how Musselman built his career as a coach, and more.

Coach Eric Musselman has coached basketball for over 30 years. His tenure spans multiple leagues and levels, from minor league basketball to college and the NBA. Musselman was head coach for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, and since 2019 has been the head coach for Arkansas.

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Oct 24, 2020
All That Shimmers in This World
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"Nothing gold can stay. All that shimmers in this world is sure to fade. 

We know this. We know that glory is fleeting. That even the best and the brightest eventually burn out, that we are all born to die. 

So what does this mean? That nothing matters? That we shouldn’t try? Absolutely not."

Ryan points out the one thing that does matter and to which we should all strive on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 23, 2020
You Control What You Hear, Not What People Say
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"The political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz is fond of the expression, 'It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear.' His point is that politicians often think they come across to the public one way, but in fact are seen and heard quite differently. The same goes with issues, which might seem straightforward but in fact are interpreted with all sorts of baggage and context."

Ryan explores this expression and what lessons you can learn from it on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 22, 2020
Danica Patrick - Trailblazing Pro Racer On Pushing Limits Everywhere
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Ryan speaks with groundbreaking pro racer Danica Patrick about performing under pressure, life as an athlete before and after retirement, and how to take risks in the face of mortality 

Danica Patrick is a former professional race car driver. As a driver, she set a number of milestones for women in professional racing: first to win an IndyCar series, first to earn pole position in a NASCAR Cup Series, and one of only 14 drivers to have led both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. She currently hosts the Pretty Intense podcast.

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Oct 21, 2020
Don’t Listen to the Complicit
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"In Cato’s time, Caesar’s partisans wanted to cast his usurpation of the Republic as somebody else’s fault. The system is broken, they said. The old ways don’t work anymore. Don’t blame Caesar, it’s really Cato’s fault, they said. He is too uncompromising, too resistant to change. Why couldn’t he be more like Cicero, willing to go along? By being so difficult, they said, he forced Caesar’s hand. "

Ryan explains the danger of being like these partisans, and how you can avoid resembling them today, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

We want to encourage every Daily Stoic podcast listener to make an informed vote in your elections, as safely and as early as possible. Also, no matter what country you live in, it’s a Stoic’s duty to be engaged and active in their government and so it’s never a bad time to be reminded to vote. The New York Times made this tool for figuring out the options to vote in every state, and Slate published an article on the best way to make sure your vote counts.

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Oct 21, 2020
If You Want to Feel Better, Do This
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"You’re frustrated. You’re scared. You have a million things you have to do. Happiness, hell, even just not feeling bad, seems a million miles away. 

What do you do? Is there some secret that can give you the peace and pleasure you crave? Yes, there is. And it’s simple: Stop thinking of yourself. Start thinking of others."

Learn more about the inner serenity that being kind to others can bring on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 20, 2020
It’s About Crossing One Thing Off After Another
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"One thing addicts trying to get sober quickly discover is just how resilient their addiction is. They quit booze and suddenly find themselves smoking a lot more pot. They quit pot, but now issues are popping up with eating or with sex. Or they get rid of all those bad habits, and realize for the first time that they have a temper or a procrastination issue or terrible anxiety."

Ryan talks about the mindset you need to deal with your worst habits on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 19, 2020
Ryan Speaks with Kevin Rose at the Commonwealth Club
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Today's episode features Ryan's conversation with Digg Founder Kevin Rose at the Commonwealth Club as part of the launch tour for his newest book, Lives of the Stoics.

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Oct 18, 2020
Ferkat Jawdat - Fighting Against Chinese Repression
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Ryan speaks with Uyghur activist Ferkat Jawdat about the repression carried out by the Chinese government in his home province of Xinjiang, Jawdat’s journey to the United States, and what you can do to help protect human rights in Xinjiang.

Ferkat Jawdat is a Uyghur activist who raises awareness of the crackdown on the Uyghur people by the Chinese government in Xinjiang. Jawdat emigrated to the United States from Xinjiang in 2011.

For more information on the situation in Xinjiang, visit the Uyghur Human Rights Project. Donate to fund their efforts at: https://uhrp.org/support

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Oct 17, 2020
How Much White Space Do You Have?
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"Most of us internalize the wrong lesson. We think success = busy. We think that being busy is a sign of a good leader, an important person. 

Of course this is not true. A full calendar is the sign of someone who agrees to a lot of things, no more, no less."

Ryan describes why we must not keep ourselves overly busy, or view a lack of free time as a virtue, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 16, 2020
Always Be Humble and Kind
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"We hear in Meditations Marcus Aurelius speak of “epithets for the self,” watchwords for his life. From Zeno to Marcus, the works of nearly every Stoic feature the repetition of four words, four virtues that go to the course of the philosophy: Courage. Justice. Moderation. Wisdom.

These are mantras. These are reminders. A kind of living oral and written tradition for how to live and what kind of person to be."

Ryan discusses how one songwriter created a mantra of her own on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 15, 2020
It All Depends on How You Look at It
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Ryan contrasts the experiences of Seneca and Napoleon on the island of Corsica, and why perspective is so important in how we shape our experiences, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 14, 2020
MLB’s Eric Byrnes - How to Keep Going When Your Body Wants to Quit
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan speaks with Eric Byrnes, a former professional baseball player, analyst, and endurance athlete. They talk about willpower, what it takes to succeed when times get tough, and more.

Eric Byrnes played in Major League Baseball for over 10 years, in a career that took him from the Oakland A’s and Arizona Diamondbacks to the Seattle Mariners. In 2019, Eric ran, swam, and biked across the United States in support of his Let Them Play Foundation. Eric also hosts a podcast and has written a book, The F*It List: Life Lessons from a Human Crash Test Dummy.

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Oct 14, 2020
Don’t Let Anger Make You Mean
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"Successful, talented people are often frustrated for a simple reason: The world is constantly disappointing them. They expect everyone to be like them, to work as hard as them, to care as much as them, to hold themselves to the same standards as they do. And if not that, at the very least, we expect people to show up and do their jobs.

It’s the difference between these expectations and reality that makes us angry. Angry at the man behind the counter who can’t even apologize that the flight is delayed because the airline couldn’t manage to get a pilot onto the plane. Angry at the delivery person who bent and smashed your mail into the box. Angry at the employee who disregarded instructions and made a costly mistake. Angry at this, angry at that, day after day.

It’s understandable… but that doesn’t make it okay."

Ryan describes why you have an obligation not to take your anger out on others on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 13, 2020
How to Make Joy
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"Joy is good. Who doesn’t like joy?

The question is where does it come from—is it accidental or is it something you pursue? The Stoics would say that it’s neither. To Marcus Aurelius, joy was something you did. It was a process."

Ryan talks about making the pursuit of joy part of your life on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 12, 2020
Who Is Seneca?
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Ryan tells the tale of Seneca, one of the three most important Stoic philosophers who advised an emperor and authored countless works of fiction and advice.

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Oct 11, 2020
ESPN's Paul Kix - How Anyone Can Change Everything
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with Paul Kix about the French Resistance (the topic of Kix’s first book), what we can learn from historical events and the people who made them happen, and more.

Paul Kix is a writer, editor, and podcaster. Kix is a deputy editor at ESPN who both writes and edits articles. He has written for outlets such as The New Yorker, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal. Kix’s first book, The Saboteur, discusses the wartime exploits of a French aristocrat who fought against the Nazi occupation of France.

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Oct 10, 2020
What Is Your Anxiety Costing You?
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"You worry. You get stressed. You want to get there early. You want it to go well. You don’t want anything bad to happen—to your loved ones, to you, to anyone. In the tunnel vision of your anxiety, these are all the things you can think about."

There's never been a more stressful year in any of our lifetimes. On today's Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan outlines the costs of that stress and anxiety, and tells us how to handle it.

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Oct 09, 2020
Here’s Why We Take Care of Our Own
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"Marcus Aurelius reminded himself, and us, two thousand years ago that we are all made for each other. The Stoics talked repeatedly about the idea of the common good. To leave someone hanging, turning your heart to stone because there is so much pain and suffering in this world? That is to betray this philosophy."

Ryan shows why it's so critical that we take care of one another on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 08, 2020
Life Endures. That’s What It Does.
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"Right now, this feels like an unprecedented crisis. Nearly a million people have died worldwide from a virus for which there may or may not be a vaccine depending on who you ask... Nobody really knows what’s going on. Nobody trusts anybody. Nobody knows who to believe. And both lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance. 

It’s a nightmare. Will we ever survive this?"

Ryan puts the world situation in perspective and tells us what we can do to cope on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 07, 2020
Scott Barry Kaufman - How to Use Psychology to Solve Real-World Problems
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with Scott Barry Kaufman about passion versus purpose, what psychology can tell us about our political leaders, how to foster empathy in other people, and more.

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is an author, psychologist, professor, and podcaster. Kaufman hosts The Psychology Podcast, the number-one psychology podcast in the world. His new book, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, reimagines the idea of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

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Oct 07, 2020
It’s Only After You’ve Lost Everything That You’re Free to Do Anything
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"One day late in the fourth century BC, the Phoenician merchant Zeno set sail on the Mediterranean Sea with a cargo full of Tyrian purple dye. Prized by the wealthy and by royalty, who dressed themselves in clothes colored with it, the rare dye was painstakingly extracted by slaves from the blood of sea snails and dried in the sun until it was, as one ancient historian said, “worth its weight in silver.” This was Zeno’s family trade. They trafficked in one of the most valuable goods in the ancient world, and as it has always been for entrepreneurs, their business was on the line seemingly every day.

On that fateful day, a day not unlike one you may have experienced, Zeno lost everything."

Find out the rest of Zeno's story in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 06, 2020
Patience Will Be Key to Surviving This
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"Whether you thought things were about to go back to normal or you’re entering another long month of quarantine or your country is locking down due to a second wave, we are all in the same boat: We’re all getting a little stir-crazy."

Ryan describes how to cope with new pandemic restrictions—or any delays that you may face in the pursuit of your goals—on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 05, 2020
It's the Little Moments That Make the Big Lessons
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In today's episode, Ryan reads his recent article about the lessons we can learn from the smallest moments in the lives of the philosophers and scholars who inspire us.

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Oct 04, 2020
Ryder Carroll - The Power of Journaling
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with Ryder Carroll, the designer and creator of the Bullet Journal system, about how it feels to release a product into the world, the power of keeping a journal, and the best way to get started with your own.

Ryder Carroll is a product designer who created the popular Bullet Journal method of journaling. Carroll originally devised the Bullet Journal method to help him cope with his learning disabilities, and began sharing it online in 2013. It has since become a worldwide phenomenon, being covered in outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company and more.

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Oct 03, 2020
And This Too Shall Pass
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"In 1859, before he was president, before he suffered through that harrowing train ride to Washington on his way to office where many thought he would be killed before he arrived, before the Union tore itself to pieces and around 750,000 people died in the Civil War (the total number dead is still unknown), Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at the Wisconsin State Fair. The subject of the speech was supposed to be agriculture, but Lincoln decided to go a little deeper."

Find out what Lincoln discussed, and why it's so important to remember nowadays, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 02, 2020
If Trouble Knocks, Let It Find You Home
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"Cato did not want a civil war. Julius Caesar probably thought that if he marched on Rome, Cato’s opposition would evaporate. He was mistaken. James Garfield didn’t want a civil war either. As the South ratcheted up their aggression in the 1860s, Southern fire-eaters assumed that the North would compromise, as they had time and time again. They weren’t counting on resistance like the kind they found in men like Garfield and Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. 'Of course I deprecate war,' Garfield famously said later in life, 'but if it is brought to my door, the bringer will find me home.' 

In a way, this perfectly captures the Stoic approach, not just to war but to life."

Ryan describes how a Stoic treats the obstacles and problems that they encounter on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Oct 01, 2020
This Is the Most Impressive Thing
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"In Meditations, we have Marcus Aurelius writing notes to himself about who he wanted to be, what he expected of himself. In Book X, he writes about how he never wants to be overheard complaining—not even to himself. In Book X, he talks about greeting death cheerfully, bravely, because what choice do we have?

But as we’ve said before, to talk about something is one thing, to do it is another. That’s what makes Marcus Aurelius so inspiring."

Ryan describes why Marcus stands out amongst the Stoics on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 30, 2020
Ryan and Stephen Hanselman Talk About Their Newest Book, Lives of the Stoics
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with co-author Stephen Hanselman about their latest book, Lives of the Stoics, and what their experience has been writing it for the past year. This is the first part of the interview that Ryan recorded as a bonus gift for pre-ordering Lives of the Stoics; to hear the rest, just visit DailyStoic.com/Lives.

Stephen Hanselman is a longtime collaborator of Ryan’s, having worked with him on their previous books, The Daily Stoic and The Daily Stoic Journal. Stephen has worked in the publishing business in various roles for over three decades. He is also a graduate of Harvard Divinity School.

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Sep 30, 2020
It Doesn’t Matter What You Say. It Matters What You Do.
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"In Seneca’s writings, he is almost unbelievably Stoic. He speaks truth to power, he never despairs, he tries his best to be ethical and good. But in real life? Seneca was often afraid to challenge Nero, he felt sorry for himself while in exile, he chased wealth and fame. This is not to indict him, but to show the difference between theory and practice."

What explains this distinction? Ryan describes it, and how the Stoics tried to put their philosophy into practice, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 29, 2020