168 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

    • Philosophy

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

    167 - Self Advocacy

    167 - Self Advocacy

    Sometimes we will say things we don't really believe or do things that we don't really want to in order to please other people order to avoid conflict. But in doing so we end up causing more problems in our relationships and have a lesser sense of self. Self Advocacy is the idea that you have the right to your own opinion, beliefs, and actions and that you don't have to try and please anyone else. Ever.

    • 9 min
    166 - Imposter Syndrome

    166 - Imposter Syndrome

    Imposter Syndrome has killed more great works, more companies, more careers and possibilities than almost anything I know. We add qualifiers like “I’m working on becoming an actor.” Or “I work as an accountant but my side hustle is composing.” In today's episode will talk about applying lessons from one of the greatest teachers to help move past imposter syndrome.

    • 8 min
    165 - How to be Angry

    165 - How to be Angry

    When we get angry it is because something has bothered us. We’re generally not taught how to manage our anger very well. Things get pushed below the surface when they stew and remain unresolved. But are we looking at anger the wrong way? Can anger be a force for good?

    • 9 min
    164 - Thinking in Bets

    164 - Thinking in Bets

    Decisions are usually never black or white, right or wrong, but we usually look at them this way. In today's episode, we're going to discuss how poker can help lead us to better decision making.

    • 5 min
    163 - Self Ownership

    163 - Self Ownership

    **Self Ownership**

    > “I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.”
    > — Marcus Aurelius

    Are there people in your life that care about that always seem to be on the opposing side or disapprove of your choices? What are ways that you can set appropriate boundaries and hold true to yourself?

    • 6 min
    162 - Don't Kill the Message

    162 - Don't Kill the Message

    Don’t kill the message.
    Often, we dismiss an idea because it makes us feel uncomfortable. We can miss out on potentially great ideas simply because we don’t like the idea. We may dismiss the idea out of hand because it conflicts with our preexisting beliefs.

    • 7 min

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