Interviews

How To Keep Your Cool: An Interview With James Romm

This is our third interview with author and scholar James Romm. We interviewed James first back in 2016 after his review of The Daily Stoic in the Wall Street Journal about his great biography of Seneca, Dying Every Day, then again in 2018 on his translation and collection of Seneca’s various thoughts on death, as featured in How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End …

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Marcus Aurelius’ Psychological Toolkit: An Interview With Donald Robertson

This is our second interview with the great Donald Robertson, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the modern Stoic community. He is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and writer. He was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and after living in England and working in London for many years, he emigrated to Canada where he now lives. …

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Outer Order, Inner Calm: An Interview With Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the block-buster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, The Four Tendencies, and her newest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than …

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Stoicism And The Quest For A Life Well Lived: An Interview With U.S. Naval Academy Professor Marcus Hedahl

As we talk about extensively here at Daily Stoic, philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women of action use—and have used throughout history—to solve their problems and achieve their greatest triumphs. Not in the classroom, but on the battlefield, in …

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Stoicism And Living A “Rich Life”: An Interview With Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is a New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and founder of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com and GrowthLab.com. What started as a personal finance blog while studying technology and psychology at Stanford, Ramit has built I Will Teach You To Be Rich into a massive business that has helped over a million people live a …

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Stoicism And Overcoming Clinical Depression: An Interview With Henry Manampiring

Henry Manampiring discovered Stoicism in the middle of a clinical depression episode. Through his reading and practice, Stoicism allowed Manampiring—to his doctor’s astonishment— to stop taking the prescribed medication and fully overcome depression. He now works as an independent consultant. He is also a well-known blogger, he has one of the most followed Twitter accounts in …

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Stoicism And Digital Minimalism: An Interview With Computer Scientist And Bestselling Author Cal Newport

The unassuming Georgetown computer science professor Cal Newport has become one of this generation’s leading voices on how we can all work more wisely and more deeply. In his latest book Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life In A Noisy World, which just released this week, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. With media consumption continuing to …

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Stoicism, Breaking Down Boundaries, And The Power Of Perception: An Interview With Blind Dressage Rider Verity Smith

Verity Smith is a blind international dressage rider, singer, songwriter and author. Due to a rare genetic disorder, Smith gradually lost her vision from the age of eight, becoming registered as officially blind by 16. She started riding horses at the age of 3 and competing on horseback since the age of 5, and at …

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Thanks A Thousand: Bestselling Author A.J. Jacobs On Cultivating Gratitude

AJ Jacobs is a living, breathing experiment. A bestselling author and renowned NYC journalist, his writing combines philosophy, Gonzo journalism, science, humor, and a dash of self-help. He is the author of The Know-It-All, which documents the year he spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, uncovering both funny and surprising factoids but also poignant insight …

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