Quintus Curtius is an attorney, writer, translator, and former Marine officer. His books deal with a variety of ethical, moral, and character topics, using examples in history, biography, literature, and philosophy. The result is both unique and inspiring. His podcasts are his personal dialogues with listeners.
He can be found at www.qcurtius.com
The Declaration Of Independence (A Reading)
This podcast is a reading of the text of the Declaration of Independence, one of the keystone documents of the American Revolution.
Do Not Accept Half-Confidences!
One of John Paul Jones's leadership principles was this: don't accept "half-confidences" from people. This means that if you are in charge, you have a right to expect people to give you a reasonable chance at doing the job. If you are being constantly questioned, undermined, micromanaged, and doubted, then your superiors or your people are not giving you their full confidence. You need to take steps to assert your control.
You Have Agency
There are some who see themselves as twigs spinning endlessly in mighty rivers, or as tufts of grass being blown around by the winds. There are also some who see ambiguity in everything, and refuse to draw meaningful conclusions about events right in front of their noses. This view is not only crippling to morale, it is also destructive, because it leaves you open to suggestion and manipulation by hostile forces. Those who refuse to take charge of their own destinies, and who allow themselves to be crippled by resentments, inevitably allow their fates to be shaped by others.
Silence: A Fable (Podcast Reading Of A Tale By Edgar Allan Poe)
This podcast is a reading of the short story "Silence: A Fable" by Edgar Allan Poe. Published in 1838, it is a very short, mysterious prose poem with evocative imagery and dark symbolism.
After the reading, we discuss a possible interpretation of the tale.
You Don't Know To A Certainty
Some guys look upon knowledge with a purely utilitarian view. They think that if something is not helping them that very instant, then it has no value. This view is shortsighted and terribly wrong. You never know what life has in store for you, and if you're presented with an opportunity to learn, you take it and soak it up. We use a recent incident to discuss this point further.
Heaven And Hell Can Change Places Very Quickly
Most people never realize that good fortune can be suddenly and brutally replaced by bad fortune. What once seemed like heaven can quickly be transformed into a hell. The reverse is also true: a man can find himself in terrible straits, but can extricate himself through great efforts, and reach a kind of "heaven."
This observation leads us to make five (5) important conclusions. We list and discuss them.
Quintus is learned but also keeps it real. A unique person. A great listen.
Quintuple is the teacher, brother, confidante you never had
Beatum cui etiam in suis laboribus contigerit ut benevolentiam liberitatemque aliorum invenire possit
An Essential Listen
Quintus Curtius brings everything from ancient wisdom to street-smart advice in this podcast. As a young man setting out in the world, I find value in his words and recommend this podcast to those who value knowledge and adventure.