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Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman: Book Review, Key Lessons, Best Quotes, and More

On this page, you will find: Book Review: Lives Of The Stoics Meet The Authors: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman 5 Takeaway Lessons From Lives of the Stoics All We Control Is How We Respond Don’t Do It Alone Be The Red Thread Keep Your Head Value The Four Cardinal Virtues 10 Best Quotes From …

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Memento Mori: COVID-19 Teaches Us That Death Is Closer Than You Think

If you have ever looked at much ancient or medieval art, you’ll notice something: Death is everywhere. The French painter Philippe de Champaigne’s famous “Still Life with a Skull,” which shows the three essentials of existence—the tulip (life), the skull (death), and the hourglass (time).  The beautiful anonymous German engraving from 1635 that features a …

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The Stoic Guide To Coaching

What do Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, Andy McKay and Shaka Smart all have in common? They’re all incredible coaches, sure. But a love of ancient philosophy? Surprisingly, yes. In a recent article on the power of Stoicism in professional sports, ESPN highlighted coaches and athletes from every sport who have benefitted from the …

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History of Challenge Coins

If you’ve served in the Military, Law Enforcement, or in any government agency, you’ve probably seen challenge coins passed around. Historically, a challenge coin holds the emblem or insignia of a specific group and is carried by that group’s members. Roman Legionnaires, military personnel and private sector companies have all used challenge coins to show …

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The Power of Habits: What The Ancients Knew About Making Good Ones & Breaking Bad Ones

Arete—the most powerful word to the Stoics. It means excellence, and it was the ultimate expression of human greatness—moral, physical, spiritual. It’s what the Stoics were chasing. It’s what we’re all chasing.  Reaching it requires a certain philosophical approach. Because brilliance and inspiration and skill are not enough. Summing up Aristotle’s thoughts on excellence, Will …

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How To Remain Calm When The Rest Of The World Is Freaking Out: 9 Tips From The Stoics

It’s no question that the world is an alarming place right now. Iran is saber rattling in the Middle East. China is ascendant. North Korea is a rogue state with nuclear capabilities. The oceans are rising. Rhetoric grows more hateful and more divisive. And of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping across the globe, resulting …

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Finding Meaning In Our Suffering: What The Stoics Can Teach Us About Tragedy, Loss, and Pandemics

The Stoics, like everyone who has walked this earth, were not unfamiliar with suffering. It was a fact of life in Rome just as it is a fact today. Marcus Aurelius’ reign, while he was loved by the people of Rome, was anything but easy. Wars, political rebellions, economic collapse, and pandemics all tested his …

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A Crisis Can Make You Better. But Only If You Have This Mindset

 Sign up for the Daily Stoic Alive Time Challenge—14 days of actionable challenges rooted in the best of Stoic philosophy—and emerge from this crisis stronger! *** Before he was an oilman, John D. Rockefeller was a bookkeeper and aspiring investor—a small-time financier in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of a criminal who’d abandoned his family, the …

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