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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.

    Here’s to the Renegades | Stop Caring What People Think

    Here’s to the Renegades | Stop Caring What People Think

    Ryan talks about why the Stoics do what is right above all else, and reads The Daily Stoic’s entry of the day.
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    • 14 min
    Admiral James Stavridis on Evaluating Risk and Building Confidence | Remember This Always

    Admiral James Stavridis on Evaluating Risk and Building Confidence | Remember This Always

    Ryan reads today’s daily meditation and talks to Admiral James Stavridis about his new book To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision, doing the right thing in the face of consequence, maintaining confidence in who you are despite others opinion, and more.
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    • 58 min
    Carry These Around Like A Compass

    Carry These Around Like A Compass

    Ryan talks about the vitality of remembering the four Stoic virtues, and launches the new 4 Virtues Pendant.
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    • 5 min
    It Doesn’t Matter What You Do, It Matters How You Do It | Practice True Joy

    It Doesn’t Matter What You Do, It Matters How You Do It | Practice True Joy

    Ryan talks about the why the Stoics stress the importance of taking action, and reads this week’s meditation from The Daily Stoic Journal.
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    • 9 min
    How To Read Seneca (The World’s Most Interesting Stoic)

    How To Read Seneca (The World’s Most Interesting Stoic)

    Seneca is one of the most fascinating Stoic figures. 
    A famed writer, dramatist, politician and advisor, Seneca is one of the three key figures in the development of Stoicism. He not only wrote on philosophy but used it in the way it’s meant to be used: to handle and navigate through the upsides and downsides of fortune. And those he knew extremely well—varying from massive wealth to exile to handling with dignity the suicide order from his own pupil Nero.
    In this episode Ryan Holiday breaks down who Seneca was, why you should be interested in his work, some of the key themes from his writing and how you should read this master of Stoic Philosophy. 
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    • 27 min
    Michael Ian Black on Vulnerability, Becoming an Actor, and Raising Kids

    Michael Ian Black on Vulnerability, Becoming an Actor, and Raising Kids

    Ryan talks to Michael Ian Black about how becoming a father forced him to face his emotionally cauterized state, how the theater became his escape from reality, our obligation as human beings to serve the common good, and more.
    Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He also reprised one of his iconic film roles in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”
    Michael has authored 11 books, including the one we talk about today, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. This book reveals his own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

metalheaddawson ,

Life changing

I stumbled across Mr. Holiday by chance. My husband and I drove 3 hours to his bookstore (to be honest I didn’t even know it was his) to have Jack Carr sign his new book. I didn’t even get a chance to go in. As we left we thanked Ryan and he thanked us so much for coming out. My husband went on to tell me how near his bookstore was and the he himself was an author. I spent the next 3 hours driving home researching all that Ryan Holiday shares with the world. We are already planning a trip back so I can actually go in the beautiful bookstore. I immediately found this podcast and am hooked. Halfway through The obstacle is the way and I’m just blown away. It’s like I’ve been asleep reading mindless trash. When all this amazing literature is so available and can change your life almost instantly. I am so happy to have found this podcast, Ryan’s books an my new love for stoicism. Thank you for being a great mentor Ryan!!!

duckypod ,

Too much plugging of merchandise

The content is great but the constant plugging of goods turns me off from listening.

Like the Queen of the World ,

Getting Political

In the past, I always enjoyed the neutral approach to this podcast. I am disappointed to see that this podcast has veered off track and is now pushing political agendas.

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