The Strong Stoic Podcast is a raw, honest, and unapologetically deep podcast about philosophy and self-improvement. Join your host, Brandon Tumblin, as he breaks down a wide variety of complex and difficult topics while bringing together different philosophies, sciences, and perspectives.
#190 - Evil Does Not Sleep
Work and duty are very important to a Stoic lifestyle. And there is always so much work to do! Between working to pay for food and rent, building relationships, raising children, and fighting the never-ending list of injustices in the world, you can quite literally work yourself to death. However, is this what we should be doing? It's often said that "evil does not sleep" - does that mean that we, fighters of the good fight, should not sleep either?
#189 - Todd Leader: Leadership
Todd Leader is a social worker and community psychologist. He’s spent his over 20-year career leading service development and transformation, particularly in the areas of mental health, addictions, health promotions, and primary health care. This is Todd’s second time on the podcast, and in this episode, we talk about leadership: how to be a good leader, the importance of humility and criticism, and much more. Please welcome, Todd Leader.
#188 - Practicing Gratitude
Human beings inevitably become less and less grateful for the things that we have over time, even to the point where we can catch ourselves complaining about the smallest thing despite having mostly everything else perfect. It's a bit of a curious problem: why are we so consumed by the negative aspects of life when we have so much to be thankful for? From appreciating our work to being grateful for our shelter, food, water, loved ones, and everything else we experience daily, we tend to gravitate towards a state of ingratitude. But why is this the case? And how do we fight it?
#187 - Losing Faith
It's common to have periods in your life when you lose faith. If you believe in a god, perhaps that loss of faith is the loss of belief in your god. For a Stoic, losing faith looks more like losing the belief that you are capable of becoming a virtuous person and that you have a place in the cosmos. These moments are tough... in fact, I think they are the toughest. But we crawl out of that dark place all of the time. So: how can we come back to the light?
#186 - Josh Bertolotti - Self-Love: Part 2
Josh Bertolotti is the host of the In Search of Wisdom Podcast and the Perennial Podcast where he talks about all kinds of ancient wisdom and engages in meaningful conversations with modern thinkers. He also manages the Perennial Leader Project, which includes these podcasts along with a weekly newsletter and blog posts. This episode is actually part 2 of Self-Love. In this episode, we do a brief recap of part 1 and then dive right into the dark! We talk about the shadow in-depth, including those moments where you lose faith, and then we make some conclusions on whether or not loving oneself is the hardest. Please welcome, Josh Bertolotti.
#185 - Get Off That Train
Life has a way of just flying by. Before you know it, you’re in a new place that you would have never thought you’d be. That place can be good or bad. What makes this happen over time is your habits. What are you practicing? Are you making an effort to be courageous? To think critically? To be rude? If you're not careful which train you get on, you may not like the destination. And unfortunately, you don't get the choice to not get on a train.
A much needed dose of Stoicism for real life
Brandon does an excellent job of tying stoic ideas into everyday life. The ancients still have much to teach us on how to live a purposeful life. Listen to this podcast if you want immediately applicable stoic principles to put into effect in your own life.