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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

Zac
 Jun 22, 2020

Getting preachy...
 Jun 15, 2020
Thought this podcast was great a few months back. But since COVID and the protesting kicked off, it feels more like a platform for this fellow's political views. If it doesn't end soon, I'll be jumping ship.

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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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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."

Ryan points out the wisdom that can build up from small steps on today's Daily Stoic Podcast. And for another source of daily wisdom, get your 2021 Daily Stoic Page-a-Day Calendar! They're available now at the Daily Stoic web store: https://store.dailystoic.com/products/daily-stoic-calendar

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Nov 12, 2020
You Must Meet It All the Same
111

"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
536

"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?
154

"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
229

"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?
267

"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
533

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
744

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?
150

"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.

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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."

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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
You Don’t Have to Be a Victim
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"There’s no questioning that the Stoics were victims of severe injustices.

Marcus Aurelius was betrayed by his most trusted general in what amounted to an attempted coup that threatened him and his family. Epictetus had thirty years of his life stolen by slavery. Musonius Rufus was exiled on bogus offenses, not once, but possibly four separate times... As unfair as all these situations were, what was impressive is how these Stoics never chose to see themselves as victims."

Learn more about how you can reflect this quintessential Stoic attitude on today's episode of the Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 28, 2020
Epictetus’s Five Most Significant Quotes
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In today's Sunday Podcast, Ryan talks about Epictetus, who from birth was enslaved yet still managed to become one of the most significant founders of Stoicism, and gives five of his most important quotes.

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Sep 27, 2020
Manu Ginóbili - NBA Spurs Legend on the Philosophy of Peak Performance
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with NBA legend Manu Ginóbili about how he reads books to help his athletic career, using your emotions to perform better, and how to find a mentor in competitive situations.

Manu Ginóbili played 16 seasons with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, winning four championships as the quintessential sixth man. Ginobili led the 2004 Argentina national basketball team to Olympic gold, the only non-American team to do so since the US Dream Team.

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Sep 26, 2020
It’s OK to Get Mad, Just Don’t Be Angry
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"How does a Stoic feel about this global pandemic in which innocent people have been utterly failed by their governments? Leaders who denied that the threat was real and failed to prepare. Whose negligence and incompetence were downright criminal. This should make a Stoic mad. But what a Stoic must do is prevent themselves from getting angry."

Ryan explains the distinction between being mad and being angry, and what you can do to respect that difference, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 25, 2020
You Can’t Carry It With You if You Want to Survive
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"Things happened. Bad things. Things you never wanted, that hang over you wherever you go. We close our eyes and we see them. We worry that they’re going to happen again; we worry that we were to blame, that it was our fault."

How does a Stoic deal with all this baggage? Ryan explains on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 24, 2020
Nils Parker, Bestselling Writer and Editor Behind Lives of the Stoics, The Obstacle Is the Way and The Daily Stoic
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks to his longtime writing partner and friend Nils Parker. They discuss Stoicism, their ongoing collaboration with Daily Stoic and Ryan’s other written works, and more. 

Nils Parker is one of the most sought after writers and editors in the business, having worked on books that have grossed more than $100M in earnings in the last fifteen years. He and Ryan have been collaborators, friends and business partners.

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Sep 23, 2020
Magical Thinking Is Not Your Friend
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"When things are hard, when things are scary, when we’re tired, when we’ve had a run of bad luck, that’s when it happens: Magical thinking kicks in.

This will all be over soon, we convince ourselves. This one thing will solve all our problems. Our ex is going to walk through the door any minute now. The pandemic will just disappear because we want it to. This kind of thinking makes us feel better, sure, but…

That’s just not how it works."

Ryan explains how things actually work, and how you must ready yourself for challenges, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 23, 2020
There Is No “One Last Job”
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"Just a few more years we tell ourselves. Just until I make enough money. After I make rank. Almost there. 

These are the lies we tell ourselves, the rationales for why we’re doing the thing we hate or being the kind of person we’d rather not be."

Ryan tells us why you must leave the intolerable situation you find yourself in, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 22, 2020
You Can Use This, You Know.
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"No one would have chosen this. No one is that crazy. To have your life disrupted. To be out of work. To lose money or people you love. To see institutions taxed beyond their capacities. To see people scared or frustrated. 

But this pandemic is a classic 'there it is' situation. It’s here. It happened. Now what?"

Ryan lays out the perspective you should use in considering the pandemic and its ramifications in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 21, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Seven Stoic Ways to Find a Better Life
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In today's Sunday Podcast, Ryan goes over seven lessons for life that you can learn from the ancient Stoics (learn more about these philosophers in Ryan’s new book, Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius).

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Sep 20, 2020
Guy Raz — “How I Built This” and Solving Our Big Problems
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with How I Built This creator and host Guy Raz about how we deal with big collective action problems in an era of increased polarization, harnessing entrepreneurial energy to help society, and more.

Guy Raz is a podcast creator and host with a combined audience of over 19 million downloads a month. He is the creator and host of How I Built This, a podcast about entrepreneurs, and also co-created NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World. Guy joined NPR in 1997 and has worked every single newsroom job from production assistant to news anchor.

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Sep 19, 2020
This Is What Cicero Missed
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"On the surface, Cicero appears the perfect Stoic. He studied with all the right teachers. He served in office for decades. He was friends with Cato. Diodotus, the old Stoic philosopher, even died in Cicero’s house and left his estate to him. But it’s ironic that Cicero, the author of a book called Stoic Paradoxes, would himself fail to embody a paradox that goes to the core of the philosophy."

Ryan explores this irony and shows how the Stoics avoided Cicero's mistakes on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 18, 2020
Some Folks You Just Can’t Reach
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"It’d be wonderful if everyone could agree on some very basic things. Like, you can’t use racial slurs. And no, you shouldn’t judge a person for their gender or their sexual orientation. It’d be wonderful if nobody littered, if people didn’t blast music at 2 AM, if we observed some standard rules of civility for behavior in public. It’d be wonderful if everyone wore a mask and socially distanced as much as possible until we kicked the ass of this pandemic that is killing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. 

Obviously we’re not there. Not everyone can agree on these things, apparently. The line from Cool Hand Luke stands eternal: Some men you just can’t reach."

Ryan describes how to deal with frustrating people on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 17, 2020
You Must Work Your Hardest at This
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"There are lots of things you should be doing today. Your journaling. Your reading. Taking care of your work, of your children or family. Following the instructions of the authorities (to stay inside, to eliminate unnecessary travel, to make sure you have food and supplies on hand). All this is good. Most of it takes work.

But the thing you should be working hardest at? Being calm."

Ryan describes some great ways to achieve calm and stillness in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 16, 2020
Martellus Bennett - Super Bowl Champion on Finding Success
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with author and former NFL player Martellus Bennett about the clarifying effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their day-to-day lives, how readers should engage with the books they acquire, how Marcus persevered to help the New England Patriots come back from the largest Super Bowl score deficit in NFL history, and more. 

Martellus Bennett is a former NFL tight end who played for 10 seasons with teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, and more. Bennett was part of the Patriots team that defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win in overtime. In 2014, Bennett created The Imagination Agency, a production company focused on children’s literature and entertainment; they have released multiple children’s books and movies, all written and designed by Bennett.

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Sep 16, 2020
This Is How You Learn
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"It was Seneca who told us how to learn from history and literature. Ignore the facts and figures, he said, focus on the moral lessons. Focus on what the characters can teach you about life.

Plutarch, the great moral biographer of history, would take this lesson to heart. Unlike the biographers of our time, who publish big, thick books filled with footnotes and postmodern digressions, Plutarch was obsessed by what we could learn from the figures he wrote about."

Ryan discusses the lessons you should be taking from the biographies you read in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 15, 2020
You Do Not Need This
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"You want it, don’t you?

That 'I told you so.' That 'Thank You.' That recognition for being first, or being better, or being different. You want credit. You want gratitude. You want the acknowledgement for the good you’ve done, for the weight that you carry."

Ryan discusses why the last thing you need is that recognition on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 14, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Five Life-Changing Quotes From Seneca
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In today's Sunday Podcast, Ryan talks about five quotes from Seneca, one of the three founding fathers of Stoicism and a famous writer and advisor as well, and how they can change your life for the better..

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Sep 13, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Lacrosse Legend Paul Rabil On What It Takes to Become the Best
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with lacrosse star Paul Rabil about the mental obstacles that come with being a pro athlete, the experience of starting a professional sports league, and more. 

Paul Rabil is one of the best lacrosse players in history and the best in the world at the sport right now—some have called him the LeBron James of lacrosse. He has played for championship lacrosse teams from his time at college to the professional leagues. Rabil is one of the co-founders of of the Premier Lacrosse League, an American professional lacrosse league whose second season ended this past August.


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Sep 12, 2020
Is This Really What’s Important Right Now?
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"Never underestimate the ability of human beings to focus on the wrong thing. Think about the number of people this past summer who—as the world’s economy was melting down, as the bodies piled up from the global COVID-19 pandemic, as millions lost their jobs—decided that what we should really be focused on are the ethics of selling tiger cubs and the sexual cultic undertones at play among the zookeepers in the Netflix docuseries, Tiger King. What we should be worried about, judging by reactions on social media, is not how we can get everyone tested for coronavirus or for COVID-19 antibodies, but whether the de facto villain in the show, Carole Baskin, killed her first husband, and whether she fed him to a tiger or buried him under a septic tank."

Ryan tells us why we need to focus on the important things on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 11, 2020
It’s a Double Standard, but So What?
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"The Stoics were hard on themselves. No question about it. They knew what was right and they insisted on holding themselves to that. They were absolutists. Even if it meant death. Even if it meant avoidable suffering. Even if it meant passing on acceptable pleasures."

But as Ryan explains, the Stoics judged themselves by a double standard—the results of which he talks about on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 10, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Niki Papadopoulos Go Inside Writing About Stoicism
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with his editor Niki Papadopoulous about their long career together, from the origins of The Obstacle Is the Way and how Ryan became a writer to the development of Ryan’s books on Stoicism, the inner workings of the editing process, and Ryan’s latest book, Lives of the Stoics (now available for preorder).

Niki Papadopoulous is the editorial director for the Portfolio imprint at Penguin Random House. She has been Ryan’s editor since The Obstacle Is the Way, and has published several New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers. Besides Ryan’s books, Niki has also published works such as Hooked by Nir Eyal, Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke, and The Four by Scott Galloway.

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Sep 09, 2020
It’s Good to Be Beaten Up From Time to Time
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"You’ve been kicked around by life, that’s true. Where other people had it easy, you’ve had to struggle. You didn’t get into the college you wanted, your parents couldn’t buy you a car, you had to wear glasses. You’ve watched as other people hit it out of the park on their first try, getting breaks that you’ve had to work your ass off for. You’ve been insulted. You’ve been fired. You’ve been crapped on and you’ve been brought to tears. 

It’s unfair, you say. It’d be better if it had been otherwise. 

Is that true? Do you know that for a fact?"

Ryan discusses what going through a struggle can teach you in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 09, 2020
You've Been Doing It All Wrong
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"For most of history, we’ve gotten it precisely wrong.

We have given far too much attention to what philosophers have thought or written, when really what counts is what they do. What someone says is not important; what’s important is if they live up to what they say. In the end, what matters—whether a person is ancient or modern—is whether their ideas work in the real world, whether they make our lives better or not."

Ryan shows why it's the actions of philosophers that are so important, and talks about the brand new book he's written to help shine light on those actions, Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius.

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Sep 08, 2020
You Must Let the Mind Go Lax
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"People think they are too important, the stakes of their work are too high, that there is not a minute to lose. So they never relax. They never shut off their minds. They never check out, or let go. And far too often they end up losing it."

Ryan describes the importance of getting calmness and relaxation in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 07, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: The Stoic Art of Not Caring
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In today's Sunday Podcast, Ryan talks about how to apply Stoicism, and the difference between not caring at all and only caring about what's important.

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Sep 06, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Anne Applebaum Ask How Does a Stoic Resist Tyranny?
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Anne Applebaum (Gulag: A History, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, Twilight of Democracy) about recent global political developments: the rise of authoritarianism in Western nations, the struggle against this movement, and how to fight for and defend democracy.

Anne Applebaum is an expert on 20th- and 21st-century authoritarian governments. She has written books describing the authoritarian actions of the Soviet Union (Gulag: A History, Red Famine) and has written recently about modern-day authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and the West, both as a journalist at publications like The Atlantic (in articles like “History Will Judge the Complicit”) and the Washington Post and in her newest book, Twilight of Democracy. Applebaum currently lives in Poland.

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Sep 05, 2020
How You Can Change the World
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"It’s increasingly hard to deny that we’re facing indisputably massive problems with ever growing threats to planetary health. Scientists, conservationists, ecologists, and environmentalists have been ringing the alarm on global warming, mass extinction, deforestation, and pollution for decades. At this point, the argument is no longer about whether there is anything to be alarmed about, but rather how alarmed we should be. We’re a long way from what the Stoics would have wanted—from their vision of sympatheia or from Seneca's line, Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum (The world itself is a huge temple of all the gods)."

Ryan describes recent insights that lend some hope to the climate fight in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 04, 2020
Every Single Day Is the Same
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"As the pandemic has dragged on, you’ve probably found yourself asking one question, over and over again, to anyone who will listen—even to yourself: What day is it?  It’s a simple question, but also a very revealing one."

Ryan explains why the days seem to be blending together, and the Stoic insights that can help you make sense of this phenomenon, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 03, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Jocko Willink On How to Thrive in Challenging Times
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and author (Extreme Ownership, Discipline Equals Freedom) and podcaster Jocko Willink talk about maintaining a solid daily routine, how to react to adverse circumstances, finding the strength to fuel your personal endeavors, and more.

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, author, and leadership expert. Willink served 20 years in the US Navy, including eight years as a Navy SEAL. Following his retirement from the Navy, Willink has written multiple books about the most effective ways to be a leader, such as the bestselling Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win and Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. He also hosts a podcast, The Jocko Podcast, and has authored various children’s books, including his series The Way of the Warrior Kid.

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Sep 02, 2020
Think About How Lucky You Are
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"Marcus Aurelius was wealthy on a scale you cannot even imagine. Seneca too. These were men with enormous fortunes… and control of imperial power. They controlled life and death. They had fame beyond fame. 

And yet, you are far more blessed and fortunate than they are."

Ryan describes how lucky we all are to live in this day and age in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 02, 2020
Use It. That’s What It’s There For.
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"There’s no question that the Stoics accustomed themselves to hard living. For many people, this is the image we have of them: Cato walking bareheaded and barefooted. Marcus sleeping on a hard mattress. Seneca practicing poverty and cold plunges. 

Yet less well known but equally true is that the Stoics knew the good life: Cato had a family fortune. Marcus lived in an imperial palace. Seneca threw epic parties. 

Is this a contradiction? No." Ryan explains how the Stoics found fulfillment despite their own personal fortunes in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Sep 01, 2020
No, It’s Good This Happened to You
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"The divorce. The bankruptcy. The car accident. The night you’re having to spend at the airport. The business you poured your savings into that you now have to close because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not fun. It’s not fair. Why couldn’t it have happened to someone else?

When Stuart Scott found out he had cancer, when he knew that he would almost certainly die, you can imagine he thought all those things. How could he not? Yet, it was with profound grace that he refused to let that attitude take hold."

Ryan talks about the example that Stuart Scott set and how you can follow it, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 31, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: 10 of the Most Stoic Moments in History
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In today's podcast, Ryan discusses 10 moments in history where the power of Stoicism became apparent, from Adm. James Stockdale's time in a North Vietnamese prison camp to Michael Jordan's Flu Game and beyond.

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Aug 30, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Mark Manson Discuss What You Should Actually Give a F*** About
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and Mark Manson (author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck) talk about working to figure out your true priorities, the balancing act between independence and conformism, how it feels to be a bestselling author, and more.

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Aug 29, 2020
Here’s How To “Not Be All About Business”
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"Marcus Aurelius had workaholic tendencies. Even if he hadn’t had the most important job in the world, we get the sense that he would have treated his work that way. He was one of those all-in types. When he discovered philosophy, he slept on the floor and practiced poverty to his mother’s frustration. When he found an author he liked, he dove deeply into their work. And when he became emperor, he was available around the clock, he hardly ever took extended time off, and his idea of leisure was attending philosophy lectures.  'People who love what they do wear themselves down doing it,' he wrote, 'they even forget to wash or eat.'"

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Aug 28, 2020
Why You Must Return Again and Again
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"You were in high school when you read The Great Gatsby for the first time. You were just a kid when you read The Count of Monte Cristo or had someone tell you the story of Odysseus. Maybe it’s been many years now since you first picked up the Stoics, whether it was Marcus Aurelius or Seneca. 

The point is: You got it right? You read them. You’re done, right?"

Ryan discusses a better way to re-engage with books you've read before in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 27, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Dominique Dawes on Olympic Gold and Pursuing Excellence
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes talk about the difficulty of striving for an extraordinary goal during a pandemic, how to maintain creative and athletic momentum while staying safe, the most important moments that an athlete experiences, and more.

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Aug 26, 2020
Is This Teaching You To Appreciate Things?
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"How suddenly life can take from us all the things we took for granted. 

Whether it’s a global pandemic that locks you in your house or one of the capricious exiles that the Stoics experienced, much can be taken from us. Our ability to see our friends. Our financial security. Even our freedom of movement. 

That sucks. But it sucks even more if you don’t learn from it, if you don’t take this moment as instructive and eye opening."

Ryan teaches one of the lessons that the pandemic has to offer us in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 26, 2020
You Must Challenge Yourself
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"After returning from particularly notable campaigns, the commanders of Roman legions would distribute small coins to their men as rewards for their service and mementos of their time in those campaigns. These coins were the originators of a now-ancient tradition—the challenge coin—that continues all these centuries later, with generals like Washington, Grant, and Mattis handing out small, specially designed coins to their men the same way generals like Fabius and Scipio did."

Ryan discusses the history of challenge coins and their deeper meaning on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 25, 2020
You Should Know This Before You Get Angry
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"People will piss you off in this life. That’s a given. You’ll get cut off on the highway. You’ll be spoken to rudely. You’ll get blown off. Someone will drop the ball. Someone’s screaming baby will keep you up all night on a plane.

But before you get upset, you should stop yourself. Because maybe there’s something you don’t quite know about the situation."

Ryan gives an example of the wisdom behind this advice in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 24, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: 5 Life Changing Quotes from Marcus Aurelius
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On today's Daily Stoic Sunday episode, Ryan goes over five of Marcus Aurelius' best quotes and describes how you can live up to his words.

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Aug 23, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Robert Greene Discuss the Laws of Human Nature
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Today's episode features a 2018 interview in which Ryan talks with author and strategist Robert Greene. They discuss the core message of Robert’s latest book (The Laws of Human Nature), the research process that he uses to put together his books, and more.

Robert Greene is a bestselling author and strategist. Across his six books he has combined intense research with powerful stories from history and myth to uncover the key motivations behind human behavior and strategy.

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Aug 22, 2020
We Have to Be Smart
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"Dr. William Osler was a giant of the medical field in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was also a fan of the Stoics. He was a deep reader who advised his students to read Shakespeare before bed to clear and refresh their minds. He was one of the founding members of Johns Hopkins University and impacted millions of lives through his research.

It was an incredible career that eventually ended, as Marcus Aurelius said of all doctors, on the same humble deathbed that Osler had spent tirelessly working around his whole life."

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Aug 21, 2020
You Must Burn the White Flag
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"The odds are looking bad. They are asking you to compromise. They want you to betray what you believe in. It would be so easy to take your buyout and leave the mess to the people who come after you. Concede. Roll over. Give up. Beg to be spared. 

Ha! The Stoic says no."

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Aug 20, 2020
Why We Admire Socrates
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"Socrates was smart. He was clever and funny. He was, as we can tell from just two of his students, Xenophon and Plato, clearly a great teacher. 

But is that the only reason we admire him? Because of his contributions to philosophy?"

Ryan explains the main reason we admire Socrates, and describes how we can emulate his example, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 19, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Angel Parham On Why Studying the Classics Is So Important
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and Angel Parham of Loyola University New Orleans talk about the classics: how she first fell in love with them, the importance of classics in education, and what resources are available to bring them into your and your family’s lives. 

Angel Parham is a professor at Loyola University New Orleans. She has studied the classics in college and beyond, and is now an advocate of classics-based education. Dr. Parham currently uses a classics-based curriculum to homeschool her children and give them a solid foundation in the values that the classics convey.

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Aug 19, 2020
No One Can Trigger You
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"There are things that just set you off. There are things that happened to you that you prefer not to think about. There are the things you asked repeatedly for someone to stop. There are the things that decent people are not supposed to do and say.

And yet they happen anyway.

So you get upset. You get triggered."

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Aug 18, 2020
This Is the Perfect Time to Ask This Question
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"Now, unlike any other moment in recent memory, we are being forced to reevaluate things. We’re looking at our jobs, at our finances, at the places we live. We’re looking at so many of the systems that have been set up, whether they’re governmental or cultural or familial. We’re having to ask questions about why they are what they are, how they’ve held up under the immense pressure and stress of this global pandemic."

Ryan discusses the key question that you should be asking yourself right now on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 17, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: The Daily Stoic, August 16 - How to Turn Your Trials Into Triumphs
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On today's podcast, Ryan discusses today's reading from The Daily Stoic, about how to overcome your challenges through the Stoic mindset. We also present a discussion from Ryan about how to turn tragedy into triumph.

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Aug 16, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Donald Robertson On the Brilliance and Insights of Marcus Aurelius
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and author and therapist Donald Robertson talk about the history behind Stoicism, including how the historical record treats catastrophes like the Antonine Plague and the Spanish influenza pandemic, what Marcus was feeling as he suffered through multiple tragedies while writing his Meditations, and more.

Donald Robertson is a cognitive behavioral therapist and writer who is an expert on applying and practicing Stoicism in a therapeutic setting. He has written How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, one of the best and most popular biographies of Marcus Aurelius in recent years.

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Aug 15, 2020
Start Each Day With This Habit
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"Marcus Aurelius said we should get up early. But what should we do then? Seneca agreed, saying that it was important to start the day at a good hour, but what mattered was what you did next. A good start, according to the Stoics, was something that would 'shake the laziness out of [your] system.'"

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Aug 14, 2020
This Will Come and Go
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"It seems terrible now. It does, of course. How could it not? Each day the number of new reported cases comes in. Each day the reports of overloaded hospitals increase. The markets continue to stumble—no, fall headfirst—into a major recession. 

You’re not working. You are afraid. But this is partly because you are right in the thick of it—you are looking at it up close. If we can zoom out, just a tad, we get some perspective. We are reminded that this too shall pass, that we will survive."

Ryan describes our options for coping with life during a pandemic in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 13, 2020
This Is Not a Drill
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"Many of us can be forgiven for having thought that this life thing was pretty easy. The last few decades have been pretty good to us. Booming economies. Great technology. Our wars have had limited impact on our populace and our recessions have been short.

We were living, as one academic said after the fall of communism, after the end of history. All those tragic, bleak moments of the past…were past us."

Ryan describes how to break out of that mindset to see the reality of what's happening in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 12, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Author Rich Cohen On How to Succeed When Everyone’s Against You
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan and author Rich Cohen talk about the ever-changing lens through which we judge historical figures, how the subjects of several of Cohen’s books reached success in the face of seemingly-insurmountable opposition, and more.

Rich Cohen is a best-selling author and editor. His books range in subject matter from Jewish gangsters, the Rolling Stones, and the formation of the original banana republics to the NFL’s Chicago Bears and the artificial sweetener Sweet’n Low. Cohen’s writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine. He has also worked in television on such shows as Showtime’s Magic City and HBO’s Vinyl.

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Aug 12, 2020
This Is How It Will Feel
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"Zeno dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps, into the family business. Panaetius did the same, becoming a famous diplomat, just as he was expected to. Cicero strove, as few have ever striven, to cast aside his family’s humble origins and reach the heights of power. Seneca wanted to become the greatest writer of his age. 
 
How do you think it felt for these Stoics to achieve what they had worked so long and hard for? To get everything they ever wanted?"

Ryan describes the chase for accolades and its ultimate hollowness in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 11, 2020
You Must Run War Games
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"In Rome, as today, things went wrong all the time. Wars broke out. Earthquakes struck. Pandemics infected populations. In Rome, as in our time, people were constantly caught off guard by these things."

Learn the exercise that the Stoics performed to prepare for disaster in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 10, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: The Daily Stoic, August 9
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In today's episode, Ryan describes the new leather-bound edition of The Daily Stoic and reads today's entry.

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Aug 09, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Writer S.C. Gwynne Discuss the Great Stories and Leaders of the American Civil War
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan takes a deep dive into the American Civil War with author and journalist S.C. Gwynne. They discuss the immense bloodshed of the conflict and the strategies utilized, compare the merits of its most notable political and military leaders, and more.

S.C. “Sam” Gwynne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Empire of the Summer Moon (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award) and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. His most recent book, Hymns of the Republic, covers the final year of the American Civil War. Gwynne has written for Texas Monthly and Outside magazine.

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Aug 08, 2020
You Should Understand This by Now
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"The iron law of history is that people do dumb things. 

They behave this way for many reasons: Ignorance. Fear. Bad habits. Because they’ve been corrupted. Because they are ordinary people with flaws, just like that. Because they are in pain. 

There is nothing like a pandemic to put a spotlight on these people and these reasons."

Ryan discusses how we should react to people who don't behave their best during times of crisis in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 07, 2020
There’s Always Been a Darkness on the Edge of Town
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"It feels a little bit like things suddenly got really bad. Like the political order is not working. Like government agencies are failing. The stock market is falling. The economy turned out to be not nearly as robust as we thought. 

And it’s true, these things are happening. It’s just important to remind ourselves that this is not new. It’s just that the darkness from the edge of town, the one Springsteen sang about—the bad luck, the poverty, the struggle, the pain—shifted a little bit. Now that it’s your problem, you’re suddenly taking it seriously."

Ryan describes how these problems have always been around, and how we must change our behavior to reckon with this fact, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 06, 2020
Will You Be Proud of This?
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"Marcus had no interest in posthumous fame. He was a private man. It’s a historical irony that today he is famous for a work of art he desperately wanted no one to see. What he really cared about was what he did in the moment, who he was as a person, how he responded to crises and difficulty. 'Just that you do the right thing,' he told himself, “the rest doesn’t matter.” That would be his legacy, that would be his source of pride, not the buildings he erected or the conquests he made."

Ryan describes how you should act in climactic moments in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Aug 05, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Sportswriter Kate Fagan Talk About Stoicism in Sports
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Ryan speaks with sportswriter Kate Fagan about the issues surrounding physical and mental health in sports, how our society promotes sports to children and young adults, and more.

Kate Fagan is a sportswriter, author, and former college basketball player. She has written the #1 New York Times best seller What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen. Previously she spent seven years as a writer and commentator on ESPN, as well as three years as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s correspondent covering the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

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Aug 05, 2020
This Is How Reading Is Supposed to Go
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"We Stoics don’t just get a book and put it up on our shelf. We devour it. We take notes. We fold pages. We throw it in our backpacks and suitcases when we travel, it sits on the front seat of the car in case we have a few minutes. It moves with us from college to our first apartment to our first home and then, if it’s really good, perhaps, one day we’ll give it to our own children."

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Aug 04, 2020
We Must Be Antifragile
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"As Hemingway writes in one of the most beautiful passages in A Farewell to Arms, the world eventually breaks all of us. 'Afterward,' he says, 'many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills.'"

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Aug 03, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Ryan Talks Stoicism with the Cleveland Browns
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Today’s Daily Stoic Sunday episode features Ryan’s talk to the NFL’s Cleveland Browns from 2019. In it, he gives the team a breakdown of Stoicism, and discusses how they can use its ideas for success on- and off-field.

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Aug 02, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and David Epstein Talk Range & Resilience
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with author and journalist David Epstein about the power of range, how to get the right kind of experience to be successful, and more.

David Epstein is the author of #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. He has previously worked as a reporter at ProPublica and Sports Illustrated and also wrote the best-selling The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

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Aug 01, 2020
People Are People and Places Are Places
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"With all the change of history, with all the progress we’ve made, we’re still people. Places are still places, cultures still cultures—with all their unique tendencies, flaws, and patterns. We like to think we’re so different, that we’ve so moved on from the past, but have we?"

Ryan discusses how history repeats itself, and the lesson we can draw from this, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 31, 2020
You Have to Dye This With Your Own Color
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"What has happened here is objective. A virus spread from China to countries all over the world. First to the Philippines, then to Italy and Iran, the rest of Eurasia, and beyond. While many of those countries have succeeded in flattening the curve, there are new epicenters across the globe, in the United States, Brazil, and India. States like Florida and Arizona are dealing with more virulent outbreaks than many countries."

What will you do with those objective facts? Ryan offers one potential path on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 30, 2020
How to Be Born Again
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"One day, some 2000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius put up his stylus and jotted down six epithets for himself, values he said that should not be “traded” for any others. What were they? Upright. Modest. Straightforward. Sane. Cooperative. Disinterested."

Ryan describes what you need to do and how you should act in order to be "born again" in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 29, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Wellness Expert Kimberly Snyder Talk Stillness, Yoga, and the Beauty of Daily Life
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Ryan speaks with wellness and natural beauty expert Kimberly Snyder about the intersection of Stoicism and Eastern practices, the pursuit of simplicity, finding beauty in the natural world, and more

Kimberly Snyder is an author, celebrity nutritionist, and wellness expert. Kimberly founded the lifestyle brand Solluna and has written multiple New York Times-best selling books, including one co-written with Deepak Chopra. Kimberly has been featured on shows like Ellen, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and more. She also hosts the Feel Good Podcast with Kimberly Snyder.

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Don’t Ignore the Smell
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"From 165 to 180 AD, Rome was hit by a plague. The “Antonine Plague,” also known as the Plague of Galen, would kill literally millions of people during Marcus Aurelius’s reign. It was horrible and terrifying. No one knew what caused this awful disease, or what had brought it on. Had the gods cursed the empire? Was it punishment for their sins? How could they stop the contagion, which could kill a person in two miserable weeks?"

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Jul 28, 2020
Congratulations, You Get to Start Over
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"It’s fitting that the story of Stoicism began with a catastrophe. On a merchant voyage between Phoenicia and Piraeus in the 3rd century BC, Zeno’s ship and all its cargo sank. Was it a terrible storm? Did jagged rocks tear their boat to pieces? Was it pirates or human error? No one knows. All we know is that by the end of it, Zeno was stranded somewhere in Athens, while his ship sat at the bottom of the sea."

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Jul 27, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: How Seneca Overcame Stress
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In today's Daily Stoic Sunday episode, Ryan talks about Seneca, author, playwright, and advisor to the emperor Nero, how he faced the multiple stressors that he encountered in his life, and how you can do the same.

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Jul 26, 2020
Ryan and Comic Pete Holmes Talk Work-Life Balance and Why Joy Matters
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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with comedian and writer Pete Holmes about understanding your own brain, finding personal fulfillment when things are out of your control, and more.

Pete Holmes has spent years as a touring comedian as well as a TV writer and actor. He was the creator and star of HBO’s Crashing and has appeared in a number of stand-up specials. Holmes has released four comedy albums as well as a book, Comedy Sex God. Holmes also hosts a podcast, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.

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Jul 25, 2020
Now’s the Time to Sharpen Your Sword
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"It’s when you actually need something that it’s too late to get it ready. It’s in times of peace that nations must sharpen their swords. It’s in times of prosperity that people must save money. It’s in times of leisure that we have to be learning. It’s before the onslaught that we need to be shoring up our defenses."

And it is precisely during this time, as bad as it is, that we should be preparing for worse things to come, as Ryan explains in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 24, 2020
You Decide the End of This Story
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"I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade."

Ryan discusses Admiral James Stockdale and the meaning of this quote in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 23, 2020
What Else Can You Do?
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"When all this began, folks were excitedly using this time at home to tackle projects they’d long been putting off. They were focused on being productive, connecting with family, not letting the moment go to waste... Then as time went on, the mood began to falter and resolve began to weaken. What, they started saying, I’m supposed to make the most of the biggest catastrophe of my lifetime? I’m supposed to turn it into an opportunity for self-development?"

Ryan describes why you must nevertheless persevere in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 22, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and James Romm Talk Seneca, Nero and Dying Every Day
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Ryan speaks with James Romm, an author and professor of Classics, about Seneca, one of the three key figures of Stoicism who later in life became an advisor to the emperor Nero. They discuss Seneca’s career as a writer and philosopher and the contemporary lessons we can draw from his life.

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and in other venues. Professor Romm has written a number of books about classical antiquity, with subjects ranging from Herodotus and Tacitus to Seneca and Alexander the Great.

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Jul 22, 2020
This Is Why You Can’t Care What People Think
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"It seems silly: Cato, one of Rome’s most courageous and steadfast leaders, had to practice wearing ratty clothes and walking barefooted and bareheaded. He had to gird himself for it. For defying convention and ignoring the people glancing askew. It doesn’t just seem silly, it seems a little dramatic. How much courage should that really take?"

Ryan talks about why wearing a mask during the pandemic is more important than how you look wearing one in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 21, 2020
The Good News About Wisdom
137

"The bad news is that wisdom doesn’t come easily. The good news is that it is cheap. Or at least, cheaper than it has ever been before."

Ryan talks about the world of wisdom that's available for you to peruse if you choose, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 20, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: If You’re Not Seeking Out Challenges, How Are You Going to Get Better?
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In today's Daily Stoic Sunday episode, Ryan talks about the importance of taking on new challenges so that you are pushed to greater and greater heights. He discusses it in the context of writing his book Conspiracy: A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire’s Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire.

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Jul 19, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Dr. Harvey Karp Talk Preparation, Patience, and How to Be a Great Parent
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Ryan speaks with Dr. Harvey Karp, a parenting expert and inventor of the SNOO Sleep System, about how people prepare for parenthood, the benefits of seeking out parenting expertise, and more.

Dr. Harvey Karp is a pediatrician and the creator of the SNOO Sleep System. Dr. Karp is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and teaches pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. He has achieved renown for his methods that help infants quickly and safely go to sleep.

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Jul 18, 2020
Are You Ready To Ration?
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"It might have seemed crazy to read that, all those years ago, Seneca practiced a day of poverty each month. He fasted or he ate sparingly. He wore rags and slept on the ground. He got up close and personal with what it meant to have less, to remind himself of what life was like if many of his creature comforts disappeared."

Ryan describes the relevance of this lesson, and what we can all do to instill it within ourselves, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 17, 2020
Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast
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"When you are talented and smart, you know what you want and you know when you want it done. You want it done now, that is. So you work fast. So you try to build momentum. So you look for ways to make efficiencies. You don’t want to waste time. 

The problem is that in hurrying we often end up causing delays worse than if we’d taken it slow."

Find out why it so important to be deliberate in your actions in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 16, 2020
Not What, But Who?
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"We’ve spoken about the commencement address that Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the Class of 2020. In it, he makes an important distinction that the Stoics make themselves. If you want to endure and overcome obstacles, he says, it’s not about what you are in life, but who."

Ryan delves into Schwarzenegger's speech further in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 15, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Maria Konnikova Talk Poker, Psychology, and Focusing on What You Can Control
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Ryan speaks with writer, psychologist, and poker champion Maria Konnikova about how she uses Stoicism to win big at Texas hold’em, and how you can use knowledge of human psychology to make better choices, whether it’s in Las Vegas or elsewhere.

Maria Konnikova is an award-winning author who has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, and many other outlets. Konnikova has also made a career as a poker player, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in tournaments around the world, drawing upon her knowledge as a Columbia University-trained Ph.D. psychologist.

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Jul 15, 2020
Always Think About What Is Above You
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"It’s easy for power to go to your head. You see all the people that work for you and think you’re important. You fill out that online survey and find out that, hey, for what you make and where you live, you’re in the 1% or 10% or top 50% of earners. When you look at who is beneath you, who you’re doing better than, ego creeps in. Being someone’s 'superior'—whether that’s a superior officer or just a superior salesman—makes us feel superior."

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Jul 14, 2020
There’s a Bad Moon Rising
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"The global economy was strong for over a decade. All sorts of wondrous new technology is cheaper than ever before. You might think this is cause for major celebration, and indeed, for many people, it was."

Ryan talks about how we must always be ready for the future, good or bad, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 13, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Find Contentment Where You Are NOW With Stoicism and Stillness
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In today's Daily Stoic Sunday episode, Ryan talks about how the pursuit of stillness and inner calm can be found, how he finds it in his own life, and what it allows him—and you—to do.

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Jul 12, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Congressman Dan Crenshaw Talk Fortitude, Outrage, and How to Be Inspired By History
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In today’s episode, Ryan and Congressman Dan Crewnshaw talk about personal accountability, who if anyone we should commemorate as heroic figures, how to follow the lead of Epictetus and “choose not to be offended,” and more.

Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has served in the US House of Representatives since 2019. He is a former Navy SEAL who served three tours in Afghanistan, losing his right eye in an IED attack during his final tour. In addition to serving in the House of Representatives, Dan Crenshaw also hosts a podcast, Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw, and has recently written his first book, Fortitude

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Jul 11, 2020
Don’t Let Them Steal What Can’t Be Replaced
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"In early January, Kobe Bryant got a note from a reporter at ESPN. She was working on a story about a moment in Lakers’ history and she wanted to feature Kobe in the story... It would not have taken Kobe long to answer that inquiry. Maybe fifteen minutes. Maybe a few emails... Like with so many requests, it would have been so easy to say yes."

Find out what Kobe did instead, and what that should mean to you, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 10, 2020
This Is What Living Through History Looks Like
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"Perhaps you’re alarmed about the state of the world. Perhaps you’re horrified at the risks and dangers that lurk about. Pandemics, political chaos, riots, people at each other’s throats, unprecedented events—from cancelled NBA seasons to impeachments to a collapse in order in cities all over the world.

What did you think living through history was going to be like?"

Ryan talks about how we can best deal with the fits and spasms of history in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 09, 2020
It’s Time for Class
160

"No one is saying you’re not smart. No one is saying that you aren’t pretty well-versed in philosophy. You might even be the most informed out of all of us. 

But that doesn’t change the fact that education is a process. It’s not something you do once. It doesn’t stop, no matter who you are or were."

Ryan describes the importance of education, and why you can't stop learning, ever, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 08, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Writer David Frum Discuss Political Courage and Standing Up For Your Beliefs
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In today’s episode, Ryan and conservative pundit David Frum talk about how it feels to be a conservative who opposes Donald Trump, the limitations that political correctness imposes on our culture, and more.

David Frum is a journalist and conservative political commentator who is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic. Frum worked as a speechwriter for the second Bush administration and coined the term “Axis of Evil.” He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Canada’s National Post, Tablet, and numerous other publications, and is also the author of several books such as Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy and Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic.

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Jul 08, 2020
Keep Your Eye on the Big Picture
204

"It’s so easy to be reactive these days. We are drowning in information from unlimited sources. Much of it is inaccurate, most of it is sensational. We’re told of crises and failures, we see the worst of our fellow humans, and rarely are we given the much needed context of how events fit in with the grand scheme of things… because that would render a great deal of it unworthy of coverage."

Ryan explains how to filter through the noise of everyday life to find the signal in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 07, 2020
It’s Never A Straight Line
172

"You had plans for how this year was going to go. You had plans for your business, for your relationships, plans for your house or your finances. Maybe you had a cause you had been working on for years. Maybe you thought your moment was approaching. Things were going in the right direction. It was about to happen. 

And now? Boom. It seems like all progress has stopped. Maybe it feels like things are suddenly going in the opposite direction."

Ryan discusses how to deal with the sense that your plans have all gone awry on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 06, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Billy Bush Discuss the Stoic Reaction to Public Shaming and How to Grow Beyond It
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In today’s episode, Ryan and TV news anchor Billy Bush discuss how to deal with being publicly shamed, the practical use of premeditatio malorum, and what Billy learned from being enmeshed in a significant public controversy.

Billy Bush is the current anchor for TV’s Extra, with a career in broadcast journalism spanning over 20 years. He was part of one of the defining moments of the 2016 US presidential campaign, when footage was leaked of a 2005 appearance by Donald Trump on Access Hollywood during which Trump made lewd comments about various women.

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Jul 05, 2020
This Work Must Continue
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“Today is the 4th of July. It’s the celebration of the American Declaration of independence, which was signed on this date in 1776. There’s no question that document—inspired as it was by ideas from the Stoics—was an essential one. As we have talked about before, it asserted man’s inalienable rights and began a great experiment in human liberty and equality under the law that was, and continues to be, unparalleled in history. 

But it is important that today, and on all days, we do not mistake July 4th or the Declaration’s signing as the accomplishment we should be celebrating.” 

Ryan discusses the meaning of the 4th of July, and the work we all must do to make sure that its promised freedom is one day fulfilled for all of us.

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Jul 04, 2020
This Is the Challenge We’re Rising To
181

"There’s almost nothing more difficult than other people. They’re just tough. They fall short. They get in our way. They do hurtful things. They surprise and scare and bewilder us.

This was true in the ancient world, just as it’s true today.. And perhaps nowhere in life is that challenge greater than in our own families."

Ryan describes how Stoicism can help you deal with the challenges of raising or being part of a family in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 03, 2020
So What Do We Do?
276

"It’s hard to argue that we are not beset by many problems as a society. Depending on where you sit, those problems might be different, and that’s its own problem in and of itself. But the good news is that the path to solving those problems is the same, regardless of what you sit: we have to turn to the Stoics, or at least their method of problem solving."

Ryan discusses a number of Stoicism-grounded methods that you can use to help deal with the issues of today's society in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 02, 2020
We Are Who We Honor
296

"It was Malraux who said that we judge a society by the monuments it puts up

So imagine a society that puts up statues to tyrants, to someone who nearly succeeded in tearing an empire apart, who did horrible, inexplicably cruel things, even by the standards of their own time."

Ryan tells us why monuments dedicated to the Confederacy must come down in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jul 01, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and E.S. Schubert Talk the Purpose of Monuments and Why Statues Matter
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In today’s episode, Ryan and sculptor E.S. Schubert discuss the purpose of monumental statues and the complex issues surrounding who society venerates and why.

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Jul 01, 2020
It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
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"We have fought very hard, together, in an unprecedented display of global and national courage, justice, discipline and wisdom.

How many people have been saved from COVID-19? Too many to count. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t handled perfectly. We didn’t do everything we could have, but we did a lot. You did a lot. 

But before you congratulate yourself, you must remember what the Stoics said: that Fortune deceives us."

Ryan discusses what we must do instead of letting our guard down on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 30, 2020
You Need to Have a Vision
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Jun 29, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: How to Feel Like You Have Enough
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In today’s episode, Ryan discusses how to feel satisfied with what life has brought you—whatever that may be—using the wisdom of the Stoics.

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Jun 28, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Jessica Lahey Talk Parenting, the Process of Writing, and How to Fail Gracefully
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In today’s episode, Ryan and author and teacher Jessica Lahey talk about how to teach your kids to fail, the process of putting together a book, and more.

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Jessica Lahey is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic and has taught middle and high school for over a decade. 

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Jun 27, 2020
They Still Hide Money In Books
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"As a young boy, the famed basketball coach George Raveling learned an invaluable lesson about the power of both knowledge and ignorance from his grandmother, who raised him. 

'Why did the slave masters hide their money in books, George?' she asked the young boy, standing together in her kitchen.

'I don’t know, grandma,' he said.

'Because they knew the slaves wouldn’t open them,' she said.

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Jun 26, 2020
It Keeps Coming and Won’t Stop Coming
180

"In March, Brent Underwood thought he’d found the perfect place to ride out the pandemic: a small California ghost town he’d been slowly renovating and turning into a resort. 

It was safe and isolated, beautiful and quiet. Then a freak series of snow storms trapped him there in Cerro Gordo for weeks with dwindling supplies and no running water. His retreat turned suddenly into a prison. Then he had a bout with appendicitis that required him to drive himself 2 hours to the closest clinic.

As we’ve said before, life comes at you fast."

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Jun 25, 2020
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Should Stop
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"If you’ve ever made it to the end of Homer’s Odyssey, you might have noticed a rather strange part of the ending. It’s a part that’s talked about a lot less than the rest of the poem, possibly because it makes so little sense. You see, despite spending every waking second for ten years fighting to get home, despite overcoming nearly insurmountable obstacles on his way, despite all the carnage of the final battle to reclaim his kingdom, Odysseus does something almost inconceivable the second he possesses what he longed for…"

Find out what that is, and how you can avoid doing the same thing, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 24, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Lauryn and Michael Bosstick (The Skinny Confidential) Talk Stoic Morning Routines and How to Manage Your Life in Quarantine
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In today’s episode, Ryan speaks with Lauryn and Michael Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential, They talk about how they start their days off strong with their morning routines, the value of their time and how they protect it, and how they have changed their lives to not only survive but thrive during the global quarantine.

Lauryn and Michael Bosstick are the producers of The Skinny Confidential, the lifestyle brand that delivers blogging, podcasts, workout and meal plans and more to its followers. Lauryn and Michael have used the teachings of Stoicism to help fuel their success as they reach out to a global audience of millions of fans.

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Jun 24, 2020
This Is Your Fight
191

"It’s tempting to tell yourself that we don’t have a problem. That you don’t have to get involved. This doesn’t affect your community. It’s not actually that big of a deal. 

Look at these numbers instead, a commenter whispers. But what about this other case or that one, they say. I’m not an activist, you think. I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes, I don’t want to make things political. Someone else can probably do a better job. 

These are lies. All of them."

Ryan describes how the fight for justice in our society is everyone's fight, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 23, 2020
Life is Overwhelming. Or Is It?
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"It’s incredible to think of what has occurred in the last twenty years. The tech bubble. 9/11. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Great Recession. The Syrian Civil War. The Arab Spring. And now the COVID-19 Pandemic, and unprecedented protests and clashes between authorities and civilians. Even the last few months, as people have come to joke, feel like years all by themselves. Impeachment. The primaries. Pandemic. Police. It’s too much. Overwhelming, yeah? Or is it just… life?"

Ryan talks about the chaos inherent in life and how we all can deal with it on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 22, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: This Is Your Most Important Job
335

“How do we emulate the great parents of history? How do we work on improving ourselves at this essential job? The one for which we are given next to no training, for which many of us had less than ideal models for in our own childhood?”

Ryan talks about the importance of preparation for the role of a parent—and discusses a great way you can make yourself ready for this critical job.

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Jun 21, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Brett McKay Talk Parenting, Living Through History, and Modern Manliness
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In today’s episode, Ryan and Brett McKay, founder of The Art of Manliness (https://www.artofmanliness.com/), talk about being a parent in the age of COVID-19, the changing definition of manliness, and more.

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Jun 20, 2020
You Need Less Philosophy
108

"All this reading, all these quotes. This love of learning, our fascination with books

No one is saying it’s a bad thing. Because it isn’t. 

Still, it’s worth using, from time to time, a quip from Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire on yourself."

Learn about that quip in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 19, 2020
You Must Avoid This Weakness
165

"We’d like to think that our mind is our friend, but of course it isn’t. The Stoics knew this. The mind wants to jump to conclusions. The mind wants us to get worked up. The mind wants not to be challenged, not to have to admit it was wrong. That’s why they worked so hard to question their assumptions, to build strategies for questioning their own thinking and not being at the mercy of it."

Ryan describes the weakness that you must not fall prey to, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 18, 2020
The One Purchase That Pays You Back
231

"Is a Stoic stingy and frugal about everything? Some take it that way, but that’s probably the incorrect view. Instead, a Stoic should think both about eliminating needless expenses as well as spending liberally on the things that matter."

Ryan discusses the one thing that a Stoic can always justify spending money on, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 17, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Ben Hardy Talk Family, Self-Improvement, and How to Take On a Challenge
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In today’s episode, Ryan and Ben Hardy, the author and organizational psychologist, talk about the path of self-improvement, being a parent to foster children, and how to make permanent positive change.

Ben Hardy is an organizational psychologist who has written multiple books and articles on the power of changing your personality to achieve success. From 2015 to 2018, he was the most popular author on Medium with over a million people reading each one of his posts. Ben also speaks at multiple leadership and entrepreneurial events each year. Ben and his wife have fostered three children; together with their new twins, they live in Orlando, FL.

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Jun 17, 2020
We Have To Try Harder To Get There
200

"It’s not that our ancestors didn’t know what was right, it was that they had trouble fully getting there. 

In the opening pages of Meditations, Marcus Aurelius describes how the early Stoics like Thrasea, Helvidius, and Cato inspired him to believe in a 'society of equal laws, governed by equality of status and of speech, and of rules who respect the liberty of their subjects above all else.' 

Nothing is more important or just than that, Marcus believed. And yet he ruled a Rome that could not have been further from it in many ways."

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Jun 16, 2020
Are You Holding Your Shield?
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"The world has asked a lot of us over the last few months." Ryan describes the sacrifices we've all had to make and why they were so necessary on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 15, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: It’s Always the Time to Act Bravely
764

In today’s episode, Ryan reads an excerpt from Stillness Is the Key, describing the importance of actually taking action and living the way that your philosophy would direct you to act.

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Jun 14, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and UT Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Talk Self-Control and Using Your Time Wisely
2497

In today’s episode, Ryan and University of Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart talk about focusing on what you can control, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected college basketball, and more.

Coach Shaka Smart has been involved with college basketball since 1995 and has been a head coach since 2009. In 2011, he led the VCU Rams to a historic Final Four finish at the NCAA Tournament. Since then, he has become the head coach at UT Austin.

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Jun 13, 2020
This Is the Most Powerful Force on Earth
165

Over and over again, the Stoics remind us how weak we are compared to the force of nature and the whims of nature. Why get angry at the world, Marcus asks—quoting Euripedes—as if the world would notice? Seneca pokes fun at Claudius and his absurd delusion to immortalize himself. His impotent declaration of war against the sea and command to his soldiers to attack the waves with their swords. 

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Jun 12, 2020
This Is Why You Have to Slow Down
162

"There’s no question that we are facing a number of pressing issues as a planet: Public health dangers. Homelessness. The rise of authoritarian China. Police brutality. Failures of the regulatory state. 

It’s an interesting question: Are these crises suddenly coming to a head now? Or is it that we’re just finally noticing them?"

Ryan describes the importance of slowing down, so that we don't miss all these trends, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 11, 2020
No One Can MAKE You Upset
152

"These are strange times. We all have entrenched political beliefs, for which the stakes seem dreadfully high. There are trolls everywhere. There are stupid people everywhere. Both the trolls and the ignorant seem to revel in saying things designed to piss us off. And if that weren’t enough, most of us are spending extended and unprecedented amounts of time trapped inside with people whom we may love but still have the ability to make us upset."

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Jun 10, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Author Tom Mueller Talk Whistleblowers, Courage, and Doing the Right Thing
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In today’s episode, Ryan and bestselling author Tom Mueller talk about the history of whistleblowers, the crisis of courage in the world right now, how Stoicism helps us cultivate our conscience so we can do the right thing and why societies punish people who do.

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Jun 10, 2020
This Is the Hardest Thing
190

"So much is happening. 

At home. Abroad. On the news. At work. 

You have the things you need to do. And the emails that keep pouring in. You have the distractions that your own head creates. You have the criticisms and actions of the mob outside. There are a million different options, different opinions, different orders that things can be done."

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Jun 09, 2020
How Can You Lighten the Load for Others?
189

"When things get hard, a Stoic steps up. We’ve talked about that before. We do this because we know we can carry a heavy load, a load heavier than most people. 

That’s what Marcus Aurelius was saying when he said it doesn’t matter whether something is fortunate or unfortunate. What’s fortunate, he said, is that it happened to you."

Ryan discusses the benefits that abound when you help others in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 08, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: This Is Why You Have to Care
663

In today’s episode, Ryan reads his latest article, discussing the unfair advantage that privilege gives to certain of us because of the color of our skin, and how it is incumbent on us to fight back against it.

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Jun 07, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Sunday Night Football’s Michele Tafoya Talk Stoicism and Making the Most of Each Day
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In today’s episode, Ryan and Michele Tafoya, NFL sideline reporter and radio host, discuss self-improvement in quarantine, sympatheia, and more.

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Jun 06, 2020
You Have to Fight
146

"Maybe you don’t have to worry about being pulled over for little reason. Maybe you don’t have to worry about not getting the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you’ve never been in trouble. Maybe you know how to de-escalate tense situations, maybe you can afford a good lawyer. Maybe you’ve never been in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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Jun 05, 2020
You Should Meditate on Greatness
244

"The Stoics were some of the keenest admirers of human greatness. Marcus Aurelius opens his Meditations with seventeen entries—nearly ten percent of the book—reflecting upon the various influential individuals in his life. Nearly every other page thereafter has at least one quote or one story or one mention of a story about his heroes: Socrates, Plato, Epictetus, Hadrian, Augustus, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Diogenes—'When you need encouragement,' he wrote, explaining this practice, 'think of the qualities the people around you have.'"

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Jun 04, 2020
To Wrong One Is To Wrong All
163

"It’s easy to forget. It’s easy to think small. 

But this life is not just about us. Our loyalty and duty is not just to ourselves, to our family, or to our immediate neighbors. 

The Stoics believed that we were all one."

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Jun 03, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Charlamagne tha God Talk Opening Your Mind and Political Power
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In today’s episode, Ryan and Charlamagne tha God, host of The Breakfast Club and author, speak on a number of different topics—from reading and fatherhood to Charlamagne’s always-present interest in politics.

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Jun 03, 2020
This Is a War We Are Fighting
201

"It would be easy to say that this is someone else’s fight. It is easy to say, as some pundits have said, that this is not a fight at all. You don’t go to war with a virus. That’s not how it works. 

But according to Andrew Roberts, the great biographer of Churchill and Napoleon, that is exactly what is happening and exactly how this works."

Hear more from Andrew Roberts, and listen to Ryan discuss the importance of a total fight against the pandemic, on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 02, 2020
You Always Have The Power To Resist
217

"When one considers the notion of 'resignation and the principle of 'amor fati,' it might not seem like the Stoics and the idea of political resistance would go together. But this modern misconception would come as a surprise to the many tyrants and oppressors that found themselves in conflict with the Stoics over the centuries."

Learn how a Stoic handles the presence of injustice in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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Jun 01, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: How Marcus Aurelius Conquered Stress (and the Rest of Us Can Too)
643

In today’s episode, Ryan reads his latest article describing how Marcus Aurelius fought against the stresses and anxieties that come with running a continent-spanning empire. He draws actionable insights and tactics from Marcus Aurelius’s practices during his reign.

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May 31, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Cal Newport Discuss Staying Productive in a Pandemic and How to Maintain Focus
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with author and computer scientist Cal Newport about staying productive during the pandemic, how to maintain your focus on what's most important to you, and more. 

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May 30, 2020
Remove These Three Words From Your Life
221

"You’ve said them a thousand times. You said them when you were a kid. You said them last year. You’ve caught yourself saying them recently as you watched the world tear apart your carefully made plans.

It’s not fair."

Find out how to get "it's not fair" out of your system on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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May 29, 2020
At Least It’s a Chance to Do This
150

"It would have been much better if this hadn’t happened. If your employee had listened. If your parents could respect your boundaries. If your neighbor wasn’t so rude. If people hadn’t been reckless. If your kids had passed their math test. If nobody had taken offense to your joke... But that’s not how it shook out."

So how do you deal with it? Find out on today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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May 28, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Coach George Raveling Talk Meeting Harry Truman, Reading and the Perils of Ego
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On today’s podcast, Ryan talks with Coach George Raveling, the longtime college basketball coach and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They talk about Coach Raveling’s encounters with historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Harry Truman, the benefits of reading, and much more. 

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May 28, 2020
Stress Is a Fact Of Life, Being Stressed Is Not
258

"You think the Stoics didn’t experience stress? 

Of course they did... Seneca had health problems, was exiled, and then had to show up to work for years in Nero’s court—walking on eggshells around an unstable man with a penchant for bloodlust. Epictetus survived thirty years of exile. Marcus Aurelius’s reign included a plague, health problems, wars, flooding, bankruptcy, and family issues... That’s the definition of stress."

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May 27, 2020
There’s Nothing Better Than A Simple Pleasure
162

"The Spartans were known for their simple, rustic ways. Unlike the citizens of Athens, who dined on the most gourmet fare, the Spartans ate almost nothing but “gruel,” a kind of broth or blood pudding. Visitors noted just how unappetizing this soup was, but to the Spartans, who were constantly training and working, it was delicious. Why? Because they said that hunger was the best flavoring."

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May 26, 2020
This Will Make You Feel Better
150

"It’s been rough. We’re not meant to be inside this long. We’re not meant to spend this much time with our devices. We’re not meant to hit pause like this on our jobs, on our businesses, on whatever projects we have been working on.

How long will this continue? No one can say. 

But there is something you can do to maintain your mental and physical health..."

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May 25, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: You Must Stare This Scary Fact in the Face
779

On today’s podcast, Ryan discusses the idea of memento mori as depicted in art throughout the centuries, and why it might be such a common motif.

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May 24, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Coach Buzz Williams (Texas A&M) Talk Habits, Time Management and the Lessons You Can Learn from the Pandemic
3140

Today Ryan talks with Buzz Williams, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Texas A&M. They discuss the impact of the COVID-19 quarantine on college sports, the personal progress they have made during the pandemic, how they practice reading, and more.

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May 23, 2020
There Is Nothing Special About Money
206

"For all the poverty he practiced and Stoic philosophy he wrote, clearly there was some part of Seneca that was dazzled by money. Even though he was born into a wealthy family, he wanted more and more of it. That’s what drew him into Nero’s service, where he accumulated a net worth of millions and millions of dollars. So too with Cicero, who was born to a less prestigious family, but still strove for fame and fortune. Although Cicero refused to take bribes as a politician, he had no problem marrying rich or accepting large gifts from benefactors. 

What’s striking, though, about these two men’s lives is that while they eventually achieved their grand ambitions—accumulating much fame and fortune—they, with time, came to be disillusioned by it all."

Find out the true importance of money, and what trumps it, in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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May 22, 2020
Do You Know How To Wait?
177

"Shakespeare waited out a plague. So did Isaac Newton. The poet John Keats spent 10 days in a harbor, waiting out a typhus epidemic. Think of the soldiers who spent years being posted overseas. Think about the ones who spent years recovering from their wounds.

Life is full of waiting. It’s filled with moments of forced stillness. We’re delusional to think we’ll be exempted from this—that things are going to happen at our pace and on our terms."

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May 21, 2020
The Horror of Words Not Turned Into Deeds
168

"It’s always been tempting to talk a good game. People have been doing it for thousands of years. But today, it’s never been easier to talk and virtue-signal. There are whole social networks designed to enable you to do this. They reward you for what you say, for the image you project. They don’t much care for what you do."

Ryan talks about the importance of backing up your words with actions in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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May 20, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan Talks Freedom and Personal Responsibility with David French
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Today Ryan talks with author and reporter David French about the balance between personal and civic responsibility, the ability to take criticism, the polarizing battles between the left and right in today’s politics, and more.

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May 20, 2020
Bring On Your Wrecking Ball
128

"What does a Stoic say to adversity? To recessions? To pandemics? To setbacks and struggles and months stuck inside? To uncertainty and cramped quarters and a collapse of confidence? What do they say to the looming question that has so many people scared—'What if things get worse?'"

Find out on today's Daily Stoic Podcast episode.

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May 19, 2020
Don’t Learn This Dangerous Lesson
195

"It’s easy to look at history and learn the wrong lesson. You see Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar and can’t help but connect their enormous ego to their incredible successes. Or you watch Elizabeth Holmes escape consequences for her frauds and Adam Neumann, the founder of WeWork, get rewarded with a golden parachute and think: the upside of ego is enormous and the downside is pretty minimal. You look at a Steve Jobs or a Kanye West and it’s understandable to think that ego is an asset. 

This is a mistake. Correlation and causation are not the same thing."

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May 18, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Ryan Talks with South Carolina Football About How to Practice Stoicism
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Today’s podcast features Ryan talking to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team, discussing how you can use Stoicism in a practical way to keep learning, make (and stick to) your own standards, and make the most of your defeats.

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May 17, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Historian Andrew Roberts Talk Leadership, Character and How One Person Can Change The World
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Today Ryan talks with writer and historian Andrew Roberts about the process of writing about historical figures, the ways that character is tested during trying times, Roberts’ take on figures like Napoleon and Lloyd George, and more. 

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May 16, 2020
Better To Have Than Not To Have
185

"It’s easy to think—given their spurning of so many of the pleasures that other people chase—that the Stoics didn’t want or like anything. When you see the lengths that Seneca and Marcus go to criticize luxury, you might assume they lived like paupers. Or when you hear about how blasé Epictetus was about his crippled leg, that maybe he had gotten so philosophical that like one of those monks, he had somehow transcended his physical form altogether. 

While this might all be inspiring if it were true, the reality is that the Stoics were regular people just like you. They had wants and desires, and they generally didn’t like feeling pain. So what did they mean by all that writing then?"

Find out their meaning in today's Daily Stoic Podcast episode.

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May 15, 2020
We Are All Tied Up Together
291

"These are rough times. 

Then again, times are always rough for someone. If not for us, then for someone else. And according to the Stoics, that means they’re rough for everyone. What’s bad for the hive is bad for the bee, Marcus Aurelius wrote. Meaning: we’re all in this together. Our fates are all tied up with one another. "

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May 14, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and NBA G League Coach Coby Karl Answer Your Questions About Stoicism and Sports
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Today Ryan talks with Coby Karl, a former member of the Los Angeles Lakers and current head coach of the NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers. They take questions from Daily Stoic readers and listeners about the merits of coaching, and how to stay physically and mentally healthy with the tenets of Stoicism.

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May 13, 2020
Always Keep A Role Model In Mind
173

"It’s key then, if you want to be good and do good, that you have a kind of North Star in your life that keeps you centered. A role model who draws you back on course when the events of life or the drift of inertia subtly misdirect you."

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May 13, 2020
This Is Who To Turn To When You’re Struggling
249

"For thousands of years people have been turning to Stoicism when they had problems, big and small. Obviously you know that on some level or you wouldn’t be reading this email. But do you really practice this? Or, are you treating philosophy like some sort of side gig, as Seneca put it, or treating it, as Marcus termed it, like a stepmother?

Whatever you’re going through, the Stoics have written about it." Find out what else Stoicism applies to in today's Daily Stoic Podcast.

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May 12, 2020
Just Do One Thing Every Day
159

"Seneca wrote a lot of letters to his friend Lucilius. We don’t know a lot about Lucilius, only that he was from Pompeii, he was a Roman knight, he was the imperial procurator in Sicily then its Governor, he owned a country villa in Ardea. For all his success though, we get the sense that he struggled with many of the things we all struggle with: Anxiety. Distraction. Fear. Temptation. Self-discipline."

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May 11, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: Life Comes at You Fast. So You Better Be Ready.
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In today’s episode, Ryan reads his latest article about the unpredictability of life, and how we should always be prepared for the worst and the best that it has to offer us.

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May 10, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: How Do I Deal With Imposter Syndrome?
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In today’s episode, Ryan talks about the new box set (https://geni.us/A6gX) of his first three books on Stoicism. He reads from Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic (https://geni.us/GMzk) and tackles your questions, too.

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May 09, 2020
Can You Help Others First?
207

"Here we are in tough times. A global pandemic has struck wide swaths of the population. Governments are struggling under the load. Economies are crashing. These are the kinds of moments that make average people want to shrink, to turn inward, to focus on themselves. 

A Stoic resists that impulse."

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May 08, 2020
There Is Only One Person to Listen To
199

"Like any person in power, any person in the public spotlight, any person striving to be great, Marcus struggled with caring too much about what other people thought of him. Good or bad—as animals, we are designed to think this matters, lest our evolutionary ancestors risk being driven from the tribe. So Marcus worked to remind himself that praise and criticism were really the same thing: a clacking of tongues. Throw away the recognition, throw away the gossip, throw away all grousing from your haters, he said—it’s worthless."

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May 07, 2020
Now Is The Time For Structure
151

"Maybe right now you’re stuck at home, maybe you’re not working. Your kids might be home with you. Certainly the normal way of doing things has been significantly altered. Well, now is the time to follow the Stoic practices more than ever." Find out what kind of practices you should incorporate into your life in today's Daily Stoic podcast.

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May 06, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and Robert Greene Talk Plagues, Politics, and Polarization
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In today’s episode, Ryan talks with his mentor, author and strategist Robert Greene. They discuss historical links to today’s pandemic, the 2020 US presidential election, Robert’s thoughts on making alive time out of the state-imposed quarantines, and more.

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May 06, 2020
It’s Important to Have Reminders
185

"It seems crazy now, but amongst the Stoics in the ancient world there was once intense disagreement over whether philosophers should have “precepts” or sayings to remind them of their teachings. Stoics like Aristo, who lived around the time of Zeno, believed that this was cheating. A wise man, properly trained, should just know what to do in any and every situation. "

Ryan discusses how we should use reminders to stay on the right path in today's episode.

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May 05, 2020
Yours Is Not to Reason Why
142

"It just doesn’t make sense, does it?

They have every incentive in the world to get it right, and they can’t. They’re putting their own livelihood at risk. All the information is out there. They had the same opportunities as you did, maybe even better ones. 

And yet… and yet… "

Ryan discusses how you can keep from being distracted by the actions of others.

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May 04, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: All You Need Are a Few Small Wins Every Day
556

In today’s episode, Ryan describes how success rarely comes in one fell swoop, but rather is built a little more every day, bit by bit.

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May 03, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and NBA Legend Pau Gasol Talk Books, Basketball, and Stoicism
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In today’s episode, Ryan talks with NBA All-Star, Laker legend and humanitarian Pau Gasol. They discuss everything from Pau's reading habit to his advocacy for female coaches in basketball and more.

1:51 - Intro

6:22 - Being a big reader—and how that was encouraged by Phil Jackson

8:22 - What Pau gets out of fiction

10:32 - Phil Jackson recommendations

11:52 - Stoicism and reading

16:02 - The Meditations and marginalia

18:28 - Why do athletes always like quotes/aphorisms?

21:52 - The importance of reminders

24:42 - The importance of female coaches in basketball, and why discrimination is so harmful, and how hardship makes us stronger

37:25 - COVID-19 economic consequences: how did Pau process his experience with the Trailblazers, and how is that informing his decisions now?

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May 02, 2020
You Do the Math
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"At least 200,000 people are marked for death worldwide and they don’t even know it. They are the back half of 'the curve.' They are essentially walking dead.

That is the cold, harsh reality of statistics. Of the numbers."

Ryan describes why we can't let our guards down against COVID-19—and why we must use it as a reminder that we could leave life at any moment.

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May 01, 2020
In the End, It’s Nothing
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"From the outside, it can all seem very impressive. Think of Marcus Aurelius, marching into Rome in triumph. Think of him looking down at the crowds in the coliseum. Think of him looking up, as they erect a 39 meter marble column to his accomplishments.

But those who have had these things, they know."

Find out what they know in the rest of today's podcast.

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Apr 30, 2020
You Will Not Be Made Whole
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"This was not your fault. You work hard. You pay your taxes and your insurance premiums. You follow the law. So you should be good, right?"

Ryan shows why, when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic or any other misfortune, that's not necessarily the case.

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Apr 29, 2020
This Is a Critical Strength to Cultivate
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"Whatever you decide to do with your life, whatever path you decide to walk, people are going to  stand in your way. They’re going to doubt you. They’re going to give you bad advice. They will do you wrong. On purpose and unintentionally. They’ll lie. They’ll undermine you. They may well actively take steps to stop you."

Find out how to deal with this in today's meditation.

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Apr 28, 2020
You Have to Care About the Most Vulnerable
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"By now, you’ve probably seen the viral CNN clip of the woman heading to church in Ohio. Aren’t you worried about being exposed to COVID-19, the reporter asks? No, she says confidently, I am bathed in Jesus’s blood. But aren’t you worried about exposing other people? No, she says, angrily. I go to Wal-Mart everyday. I go to the grocery store. Those people could infect me."

Ryan talks about how a Stoic looks at the idea of flattening the curve, and why the lockdowns are so important.

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Apr 27, 2020
Daily Stoic Sundays: What Marcus Aurelius Can Teach Frontline Responders During COVID-19
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This past January, Ryan spoke with the USAF’s 31st Fighter Wing, stationed in Aviano, Italy. Later this area would experience a virulent outbreak of COVID-19. Ryan recently recorded a follow-up call with the Aviano base, which you can hear in today’s episode.

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Apr 26, 2020
Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan Talks Social Media, Social Distancing, and Stoicism with Congressman Mike Gallagher
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In this episode, Ryan speaks with US Representative Mike Gallagher from the 8th District of Wisconsin. They talk how not to be distracted by social media and disinformation, how Stoics dealt with plagues both past and present, and how anyone can implement the lessons of Stoicism.

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Apr 25, 2020
This Is a Game of Inches
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"Zeno lost everything in a shipwreck in the 3rd century BC. A family fortune. His occupation. Everything. He washed up in Athens anonymous and penniless. When he died, an old man, some forty years later, he was not only prosperous, he was one of the wisest men in the world. He’d been offered the keys to Athens and an honorary citizenship too. The school he founded, on the old stoa in Agora, would influence millions of people for the next two thousand years. 

How did he do it? How did he recover? How did he make his way to greatness?"

Find out in today's Daily Stoic podcast.

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Apr 24, 2020
We All Fall Short
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By now, you may have seen the video. A devout religious woman grabs the hand of Pope Francis as he greets the crowd of pilgrims and children. He tries to move on.  She refuses to let go. In frustration, he slaps her hand and continues on. 

It’s not a pretty sight for sure. Especially for a man who has spoken so beautifully about kindness and compassion and humility. To call it “violence” would be an overstatement, but it was rudely out of character—a contradiction of what the man teaches and is supposed to be an example of. 

But here’s the thing: If you’re surprised and horrified, the problem is not the pope, it’s you. We all fall short. Seneca fell short. Marcus Aurelius fell short. Epictetus did too. Do you think they never lost their tempers? Never did the wrong thing? Ever failed to live up to their impossibly high standards? 

They, like the pope, like you, are human. Which means flaws. Which means messing up. Which means doing the exact opposite of what you believe and how you want to be (because you’re tired, because you were tempted, because you weren’t thinking). “Is it possible to be free from error?” Epictetus said. “Not by any means, but it is possible to be a person stretching to avoid error.” 

So don’t be too hard on other people, or even yourself. Accept apologies when given. Offer them readily when necessary. Learn from both other people’s mistakes and your own. And remember Pope Francis’ apology, because it was a wise one: "Love makes us patient. So many times we lose patience, even me, and I apologize for yesterday's bad example.”

Apr 23, 2020
Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light
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