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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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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.

    How To Read Seneca (The World’s Most Interesting Stoic)

    How To Read Seneca (The World’s Most Interesting Stoic)

    Seneca is one of the most fascinating Stoic figures. 
    A famed writer, dramatist, politician and advisor, Seneca is one of the three key figures in the development of Stoicism. He not only wrote on philosophy but used it in the way it’s meant to be used: to handle and navigate through the upsides and downsides of fortune. And those he knew extremely well—varying from massive wealth to exile to handling with dignity the suicide order from his own pupil Nero.
    In this episode Ryan Holiday breaks down who Seneca was, why you should be interested in his work, some of the key themes from his writing and how you should read this master of Stoic Philosophy. 
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    • 27 min
    Michael Ian Black on Vulnerability, Becoming an Actor, and Raising Kids

    Michael Ian Black on Vulnerability, Becoming an Actor, and Raising Kids

    Ryan talks to Michael Ian Black about how becoming a father forced him to face his emotionally cauterized state, how the theater became his escape from reality, our obligation as human beings to serve the common good, and more.
    Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He also reprised one of his iconic film roles in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”
    Michael has authored 11 books, including the one we talk about today, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. This book reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    This Was Marcus Aurelius’s Biggest Weakness

    This Was Marcus Aurelius’s Biggest Weakness

    Ryan talks about the importance of taming your temper.
    The Stoics have some of the smartest and most applicable insights about getting your anger contained. For a high level introduction to some of those insights, check out this article: Anger Management: 8 Strategies Backed By Two Thousand Years of Practice. Or if you really want to get serious about conquering your anger, sign up for our course: Taming Your Temper: The 11-Day Stoic Guide to Controlling Anger. 11 days of challenges, exercises, video lessons, and bonus tools based on Stoic philosophy and aimed at helping you deal with your anger in a constructive manner. Learn more here: https://dailystoic.com/anger
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    • 3 min
    A Reason To Stick Around | Learn, Practice, Train

    A Reason To Stick Around | Learn, Practice, Train

    Ryan talks about the Stoics view on suicide, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day.
    If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis and you live in the USA, please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline today. You can also text 741741 for help in a crisis.
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    • 11 min
    Rich Cohen on the Keys to Negotiation | This Is How To Respond to Everything

    Rich Cohen on the Keys to Negotiation | This Is How To Respond to Everything

    Ryan reads today’s daily meditation and talks to author RIch Cohen about his new book The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World's Greatest Negotiator, how to be a great negotiator, his fathers legacy, and more.
    Rich Cohen is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse and Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. Rich is also the author of a book we carry here in the store, Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent, where he chronicles the journey of his son’s elite Pee Wee hockey team and his experience as a former player and a devoted hockey parent. This time, Rich and I talk about another father-son relationship - the one he shares with his own father, Herbie Cohen. Rich’s new book The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World's Greatest Negotiator, which was released last week, is an ode to a remarkable man by an adoring but not undiscerning son, and a treasure trove of hilarious antics and counterintuitive wisdom. 
    Rich is also a co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine,  among other publications. His stories have been included  in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing.
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    Novo is the #1 Business Banking App - because it’s built from the ground up to be powerfully simple and free business banking that Money Magazine called the Best Business Checking Account of 2021. This year, get your FREE business banking account in just 10 minutes at bank novo.com/STOIC.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    This Is What Progress Looks Like

    This Is What Progress Looks Like

    Ryan talks about the importance of being a good friend to yourself.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

Ollie Teaches ,

Episodes keep getting better..

I have listened to this Daily Stoic podcast for over 2 years now. What impresses me is the interviews with guests that are just so fascinating and not people I hear from in other podcasts. Case in point, 14th May episode with A.J. Jacobs (author of “The Puzzle” and self-confessed human guinea pig), was packed with insight about the human condition via the specialties Ryan (Stoicism) and A.J. (puzzles) both have. The last 5 minutes on the meaning of life was some of the most profound thinking I have heard in ages- and they were both so casually brilliant!

Ryan weaves the ideals of Stoicism into his interviews without being cloying or forcing the point. The fact that several of his guests are not even Stoics actually makes it more interesting- it’s like they are on the show to ask Ryan about his beliefs. Ryan is also clearly a curious guy and gets his guests talking by demonstrating a desire to know more about what they think and do.

As someone who us now more aware of the Stoic philosophy, it is a great way to show how whether you are Stoic or not the thinking is applicable to yours, and his guests, lives. You don’t have to know anything about Stoicism to find this stuff interesting in my humble opinion.

There are also bite sized pieces of Stoic philosophy as stand alone pods. I find that getting the daily email and then hearing the podcast repeat of it is a very effective way to embed the knowledge Ryan is both sharing and popularising.

Alaineb ,

Love it 💓

This podcast is like brain food.

andrew m 84 ,

Too many ads

I really enjoyed it but then it became too commercial so I stopped listening about a year or two ago ... basically there were just too many ads. I might give it another chance in the future to see if anything has changed.

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