197 episodes

"Act on your principles, not your moods."
A weekly meditation on how Stoic principles can help you be a better human.

Stoic Coffee Break Erick Cloward

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 11 Ratings

"Act on your principles, not your moods."
A weekly meditation on how Stoic principles can help you be a better human.

    196 - How to Win an Argument

    196 - How to Win an Argument

    It is possible to curb your arrogance, to overcome pleasure and pain, to rise above your ambition, and to not be angry with stupid and ungrateful people — yes, even to care for them.

    — Marcus Aurelius

    How do you win an argument? All of us have to deal with conflict in our lives. To think otherwise is completely unrealistic. But when we have an argument, what is our goal? What do we hope to achieve? To change the other person’s mind? To prove that we are right?
    Today I want to talk about why we argue, and the best way to win an argument.

    • 10 min
    195 - Why You Should Care

    195 - Why You Should Care

    “Humans exist for the sake of one another.” 

    — Marcus Aurelius

    A few weeks ago I talked about being self-sovereign, that you are in 100% responsible for your choices and actions, and that you may live exactly the want to, regardless of the opinions of others. I got to thinking about it, and I wanted to cover another aspect of what it means to be self-sovereign. When you choose to live by your rules and values, it means that you are only controlling the things that you can control, and not trying to control those you can’t. But does this mean that you can ignore everyone around you and live in ways that are only helpful to you? 

    Yes, you can. But does that mean that you should?

    • 10 min
    194 - Find Your Why

    194 - Find Your Why

    “So you were born to feel ‘nice’? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands?”
    — Marcus Aurelius

    One of the toughest things in life is to work at a job we don’t like. There are plenty of factors that can lead to job satisfaction. Many of them are outside of our control, but there are some that aren’t, and those are the most important ones because they can lead to true job satisfaction, and maybe to finding your purpose in life. 

    • 11 min
    193 - 10,000 Kicks

    193 - 10,000 Kicks

    “If something is difficult for you to accomplish, do not then think it impossible for any human being; rather, if it is humanly possible and corresponds to human nature, know that it is attainable by you as well.”

    — Marcus Aurelius

    What is the key to success? Why are some people able to achieve what they want while others languish? Today we’re going to talk about how Stoicism can help you to develop the skills it takes to reach your goals, and live your best life.

    • 8 min
    192 - Self-Sovereign

    192 - Self-Sovereign

    “Be content to seem what you really are.”

    — Marcus Aurelius


    One of the hardest things in our lives is to be completely honest with those around us. Why is that? Why do we hide parts of ourselves or lie about how we feel, especially with those we love the most? We are afraid of rejection. We are afraid of not belonging. We are afraid that if those closest to us really “knew” us, they would no longer love us. The need to fit in and belong is a powerful, almost primal one.

    • 8 min
    191 - Get Busy With Life's Purpose

    191 - Get Busy With Life's Purpose

    “Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue — if you care for yourself at all — and do it while you can.”

    — Marcus Aurelius

    Does being a Stoic mean you can be apathetic? Does not reacting mean that you just give up? Because Stoicism is about controlling your response, it can easily seem that you just let things just happen and don’t take action. But to be a true Stoic, you are the opposite of apathetic. You are effective. By taking the time to choose your shot, you don’t waste time or energy on the things you can’t control. 
    Often, we confuse action with actually doing something useful. Because Stoicism is about taking responsibility for ourselves, we need to be smart about the actions we choose. When we take the time to make a deliberate and well thought out choice. We want to be effective, not busy.

    • 8 min

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Thank you for this podcast.
It’s an awesome way to start your day , sets you for whatever is going to come your way! It makes me think , rethink, reevaluate my thoughts and attitudes, helps me love my self a little better and love other and understand the world around me.
Coffee break is my daily meditation.
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