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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.

Chris Bosh on the Pursuit of Greatness | Do You Make Others Better? 01:04:01
wo 28 jul 2021

Chris Bosh on the Pursuit of Greatness | Do You Make Others Better?

Ryan reads today’s meditation and talks to Chris Bosh about his new book Letters To A Young Athlete, how you never really “make it” in life, the importance of putting everything into what you do even when it’s tough, and more. This episode was originally recorded for a Barnes and Noble Virtual Event.Chris Bosh fell […]

Advice Without This is Worthless 02:36
di 27 jul 2021

Advice Without This is Worthless

“Why is stoicism worth listening to? Because it’s battle tested. What good are theories about the world that are just that, theories. Philosophy from the ivory tower might be good for blowing minds, but as far as solving problems in the real world, much less. So even in Marcus Aurelius his day, there was a […]

Leaders Are Made Not Born | Keeping “The News” In Check 12:05
ma 26 jul 2021

Leaders Are Made Not Born | Keeping “The News” In Check

“Marcus Aurelius did not come out of the womb a leader. Nor was he an emperor ‘by blood.’ In fact, when first told he was to be king, he wept–thinking of all the bad and failed kings of history.”Ryan explains how becoming a great leader is a process, and reads this week’s meditation from The […]

Finding Calm – Chapter 3 from Nancy Sherman’s “Stoic Wisdom” 01:14:20
zo 25 jul 2021

Finding Calm – Chapter 3 from Nancy Sherman’s “Stoic Wisdom”

Today’s episode of the podcast features an excerpt from Nancy Sherman’s Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience. Stoic Wisdom presents a compelling, modern Stoicism that teaches grit, resilience, and the importance of close relationships in addressing life’s biggest and smallest challenges. A renowned expert in ancient and modern ethics, Sherman relates how Stoic methods […]

Journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere on the Soul of America 01:33:04
za 24 jul 2021

Journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere on the Soul of America

On today’s episode of the podcast, Ryan talks to journalist and author Edward-Isaac Dovere about his new book Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump, being courageous and fighting for what’s right, how to ignore the noise and focus on the things that truly matter, and more. Edward-Isaac Dovere is an American […]

Don’t Stuff Emotions Down 02:57
vr 23 jul 2021

Don’t Stuff Emotions Down

“The popular image of the Stoic is of the unfeeling beast. The tough person, gritting, gutting, it out. But this is wrong.”Ryan explains why you must let yourself feel.Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: http://DailyStoic.com/signupFollow us: Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook

Perfect Is Not The Goal | No One Has A Gun To Your Head 06:04
do 22 jul 2021

Perfect Is Not The Goal | No One Has A Gun To Your Head

“In martial arts, the black belt is the highest level of the master. In religion, perhaps it’s the priest or even the saint. You can get a doctorate in philosophy, but that’s not really what the Stoics admired.”Ryan explains that the highest goal is not to be perfect but just to improve, and reads The […]

Keep Returning Home 02:28
di 20 jul 2021

Keep Returning Home

“You’ve experienced it. Maybe it was after your first semester away at college. Maybe it was after a long trip or a year-long tour of duty. Maybe it’s every time you return to your childhood home for the holidays.”Ryan explains how nature and life revolve around constant change.Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: http://DailyStoic.com/signupFollow […]

You Don’t Need To Be So Reachable | Practice Gentleness Instead of Anger 09:59
ma 19 jul 2021

You Don’t Need To Be So Reachable | Practice Gentleness Instead of Anger

“Before telephones, before email, before the constant and instant forms of communication we all take for granted, mail was the lifeline of the world. When a mail ship would pull into port in Seneca’s time, anxious and eager citizens would rush to the shore so that they could tear open the letters that brought news […]