12 Rules for (a Stoic) Life

Jordan Peterson, a former professor at Harvard and now a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, has become a sort of cult-celebrity for his calm, articulate dismantling of political correctness and reactionary politics on both sides. He is particularly popular with young men, in part because of his message of self-sufficiency and self-worth, … Continued

Sportscaster Adam Lefkoe on Finding Oneself With Stoicism

Along with Michele Tafoya, the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and Michael Lombardi, the powerful and influential NFL executive, we are excited to interview another figure in the NFL world who has popularized Stoicism. His name is Adam Lefkoe, and he is the co-host of the Simms And Lefkoe podcast, which offers a … Continued

What To Do When You Get Hurt

Last week we wrote about the nearly unbelievable, decade-long conspiracy the billionaire Peter Thiel aimed at Gawker, a website he believed was a scourge of culture. With Stoic-like patience, and a conspicuous lack of anger, he waited patiently for an opportunity to solve a problem others had despaired of solving, and motivated by his own internal code of … Continued

The Eternal Stoic Question: Is It Up To You?   

This is a guest post by The Eudaimoniac, and it is a long meditation on the nature of control. The nature of control is one of the most important notions in Stoicism and is the reason why it is the first meditation in The Daily Stoic book. You can read that meditation here and then … Continued

Doing Everything The Right Way

The stats get thrown around all the time. You’ll spend more than a year of your life sitting in traffic. Over 50,000 minutes brushing your teeth. 43 days waiting on hold. Over 10 years at work. It’s supposed to make you sad, despair how much life we waste. Yet there is no reason this has … Continued

A Stoic Response to Power

“To recognize the malice, cunning, and hypocrisy that power produces, and the peculiar ruthlessness often shown by people from ‘good families.’” Marcus Aurelius At a young age, Marcus Aurelius is chosen to one day ‘assume the purple’—to become emperor—by Hadrian. Perhaps Hadrian saw something in him, perhaps since he lacked a son of his own, … Continued

The True Power Behind Stoic “Indifference”

Of all the loaded words in Stoic philosophy, “indifferent” is one of the most provocative. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus each tell us that the Stoic is indifferent to external things, indifferent to wealth, indifferent to pain, indifferent to winning, indifferent to hope and dreams and everything else. You hear it enough times and it starts to sound like these people … Continued