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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.

    They Punish Themselves First | The Obstacle Is The Way

    They Punish Themselves First | The Obstacle Is The Way

    Ryan talks about revenge, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day.

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    Steve Magness on Doing Hard Things and Why We Get Resilience Wrong | All Great Stories Have One Thing In Common

    Steve Magness on Doing Hard Things and Why We Get Resilience Wrong | All Great Stories Have One Thing In Common

    Ryan reads today’s daily meditation and talks to Steve Magness about his new book Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, how to lead people effectively, embracing the long game instead of quitting, and more.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    When You’re Angry, Do This

    When You’re Angry, Do This

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    Don't Think About It, ACT On It | What's In Your Way Is The Way

    Don't Think About It, ACT On It | What's In Your Way Is The Way

    Ryan talks about the importance of living out philosophy, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal.

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    7 Stoic Strategies For Being Creative

    7 Stoic Strategies For Being Creative

    Ancient philosophy and creative work are rarely thought analogous. Maybe they should.

    Creative work of any kind—a book, a screenplay, a painting, an album, a business—really comes down to having something to say and a way to say it so people listen. Ryan Holiday breaks down the Stoic strategies for being creative that have helped him write 12 books in 10 years.

    The process can be lonely, intimidating, and filled with self-doubt. Stoicism is a tool ready to help.

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    • 9 min
    Ramachandra Guha on Gandhi’s Extraordinary Life and Legacy

    Ramachandra Guha on Gandhi’s Extraordinary Life and Legacy

    Ryan talks to author Ramachandra Guha about his books Gandhi Before India and India After Gandhi, the journey that led Gandhi to become one of the worlds most influential leaders, how humanity was impacted by Gandhi’s legacy, and more.

    Ramachandra Guha—hailed by Time as “Indian democracy's preeminent chronicler” - is a prominent author and columnist based in Bangalore. Ram’s research interests have included environmental, social, political, and cricket history, and his books cover a wide range of themes, most notably India after Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy, a widely discussed and also award-winning history of India since independence, and his most recent book, Gandhi Before India,which  focuses on Gandhi's years in South Africa. 

    Apart from his books, Ram also writes a syndicated column that appears in six languages in newspapers with a combined readership of some twenty million. His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The New York Times has referred to him as “perhaps the best among India’s non fiction writers.”

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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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3.3K Ratings

LisaBlythe ,

Timeless wisdom

I used to think it uncanny how the Daily Stoic has just the right message at just the right time in my life.
But then I finally realized this wisdom is always the right message all the time. Daily stoic, daily meditation, daily walks. My top 3 tasks every day. Thank you for bringing the timeless wisdom to me.

dhdbvwvev ,

Good but declining

Used to enjoy this podcast but seems like more of it is annoying/fake ads and the interviews aren’t as interesting. Same with his other podcast, just different topics. Interviews seem to go on a weird tangent about writing or some other boring topic that he finds interesting. Not much education on stoicism either. Every now and then he has a really good interview

Priscilla999213 ,

Amazing episode

I have been listening to this podcast for a few years. This is one of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever heard. Not just for this show but over all other podcasts. Ryan’s interview with Keita Bates was so inspirational.

I made some major life changes this past year. Quit my job, moved to a new state. I am struggling to establish myself in this new region but am viewing some present setbacks as part of my overall goal to improve my life. Marathon, not a sprint.

I was a bit depressed the morning I heard this, reflecting on the aftermath of some stupid decisions I made. In a way, these stupid actions / decisions did spur on my new life but I also have to deal with the aftermath and this has affected my career.

Keita Bates and Ryan Holiday discuss humility, teamwork, and rejecting instant gratification in favor of a more peaceful - all life against the backdrop of basketball and sports. I’ve never played on a sports team in my life, but I understood what they meant. I am part of a law firm where the owner is really into sports and I see more of what he is talking about when he says he wants a cohesive team at work. I also see that my setbacks are a chance for me to be in a position to develop and rehabilitate myself. I’m on a “d-team” but this is a positive since I have breathing room to grow as an attorney.

I took a screenshot of the episode (I’m Gen X, not a techie) so I can remember the title and listen to this talk again and again.

I joined the daily stoic about a month ago. I can’t read all the daily emails but have learned to get what I can, when I can. I try to read a few pages of Meditations each day.

I know I have improved my outlook simply because I’m not as upset and overwrought as I used to be. it’s not all stoicism, but this podcast helps me a lot.

I nightly recommend Ryan’s work. His work has soothed my troubled mind and has caused me to delve deeper into stoicism.

Take care!

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