Practice The Impossible and Watch What Happens

Firefighters train night and day to enter burning buildings. Police officers shoot hundreds of rounds at firing ranges to make sure they are ready when crisis happens. Special operators around the country train for hostage rescue situations, playing out over and over again the remotest possibility of an adversary capturing one of our own. You … Continued

Kevin Rose on Fasting, Cold Showers and Loving One’s Craft

Kevin Rose is one of the most prominent and prolific technologists in Silicon Valley. He famously founded Digg in his early twenties and later went on to invest in almost every major tech company in the last decade—from Foursquare to Twitter to Facebook. Most recently, he left New York City and moved back to California to … Continued

The School of Life: An Interview With Alain de Botton

The philosopher and author Alain de Botton has dedicated his life to seeking answers—for himself and others—to one of life’s chief questions: How do we live a good life? His prolific body of work has helped bring accessible philosophy to millions of people through bestselling books like The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change … Continued

Barking Up The Wrong Tree: An Interview With Eric Barker

You might not be familiar with the name Eric Barker, but you’ve definitely seen Eric’s writing. His incredibly viral pieces—on how to think, on how manage fear, on how to love—have been read millions of times and featured by some of the biggest news sites in the world. You probably didn’t know that his blog … Continued

How to Be a Stoic: An Interview With Massimo Pigliucci

We first interviewed Professor Massimo Pigliucci back in 2015 after his popular piece in New York Times on Stoicism became one of the most shared and viewed articles on the site. And today, with the release of his new book on stoic philosophy we decided to again reach out and ask him about all the … Continued

Doing The Right Thing Can Cost You Everything

In early 2014, an employee of the multi-billion dollar medical company Theranos began to worry that the company may be engaged in fraudulent activities. Despite being a relatively low-level employee in his early twenties, he decided to do something about it. So he wrote a letter to the company’s CEO outlining the problems as he … Continued

Stoicism at TED — Defining and Overcoming Your Fears

NOTE: The TED talk is now up! Watch it below:  On Monday night, at the opening event of TED, Tim Ferriss, bestselling author, entrepreneur and podcast host, introduced the practical philosophy of Stoicism to an audience of scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, politicians and some of the most influential people in our society. The main subject of … Continued