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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.

    ESPN's Wright Thompson On What Makes Us Great… And Human

    ESPN's Wright Thompson On What Makes Us Great… And Human

    Ryan speaks with writer Wright Thompson about what drives an author to cover a topic, the similarity between writing and sports, their differing writing processes, and more.Wright Thompson is an author and journalist who covers the intersections of...

    • 1 hr
    It’s Not If You’re Reading, But WHAT You’re Reading

    It’s Not If You’re Reading, But WHAT You’re Reading

    Reading is an indisputable good. How could it not be? It’s hard to criticize anyone who takes the time, in this crazy, busy (and shockingly ignorant) world, to sit and read a book. But if wisdom is our aim, then of course, it’s not that simple. Great...

    • 3 min
    Who Will You Look For?

    Who Will You Look For?

    If you look out at the world right now, what you’ll see at first glance is a pretty terrible picture of desperation. Steep market declines. Fear. Panic. Unemployment. People in hospitals. Leaders who have fallen down on the job at every level of...

    • 3 min
    Look for the Smooth Handle | Balance the Books of Life Daily

    Look for the Smooth Handle | Balance the Books of Life Daily

    In 1811, a 68-year-old Thomas Jefferson sat down to try to put down some advice that he could pass along to his 12-year-old granddaughter Cornelia. His advice survives to us as “Canons of Conduct,” 12 rules for living. Ryan discusses the importance of...

    • 9 min
    7 Things the Stoics Can Teach Us in 2020

    7 Things the Stoics Can Teach Us in 2020

    On today's episode, Ryan discusses 7 lessons we can all learn from the Stoics that are especially pertinent to the trials of 2020.This episode is brought to you by Neuro. Neuro makes mints and gums that help you retain focus and clarity wherever you go....

    • 18 min
    Tech Investor Joe Lonsdale On How Philosophy Makes You Better at Business

    Tech Investor Joe Lonsdale On How Philosophy Makes You Better at Business

    Ryan speaks with entrepreneur and investor Joe Lonsdale about the intersections of business and philosophy, what Cicero means to him, why so many people are relocating to Texas, and more.Joe Lonsdale is a major Silicon Valley tech sector investor. A...

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

PeriNickNameTaken26281 ,

I listen every morning.

I’m a woman. I’m a leftist.
After some discussions online, I’ve really doubted my understanding of stoicism.
After deciding that was not true.. I have felt that maybe I’m just unique in my adoption of stoicism.
But then I remembered.. I live it.. but I’ve been pretty silent about it.
So I’m writing this so people know they aren’t alone, and so Ryan knows that we are listening.
Thanks for existing!

512er ,

Brainwashed by Peter Thiel

Pretty disappointed. Was looking for an honest stoic conversation and was greeted by someone who has a clear interest in promoting the values of the billionaire class and capitalist ideas through faux philosophy. I thought temperance was something the stoics wanted? Is being super wealthy at the expense of others labor a form of temperance? How is speaking with billionaire VCs and having them espouse anti-union ideas on your podcast relevant to this topic?
Disappointed both as someone looking for honest understanding of stoic ideas, and as an Austinite. I would encourage you to re-evaluate why you hold the ideas you do.

first timer nickname1234 ,

Too politically biased

Just started listening and wanting to follow a stoic mindset and then the host throws in a bunch of political talk. Again, I am new to stoicism, so where to politics (and some bias) fit into stoicism?

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