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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...

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Who Is Zeno? An Introduction to the Founder of Stoicism

INTRODUCTION   The great Galen, a prominent Greek physician in the Roman Empire, at one point suffered the loss of all his work and books. In a clear example of what we can call a virtuous Stoic response, he wrote that “the fact that, after the loss of the totality...
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Who Is Cato? Roman Senator. Mortal Enemy of Julius Caesar.

For George Washington and the entire revolutionary generation, Cato was Liberty—the last man standing when Rome’s Republic fell. For centuries of philosophers and theologians, Cato was the Good Suicide—the most principled, most persuasive exception to the rule against self-slaughter. For Julius Caesar, the dictator who famously pardoned every opponent, Cato...
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5 Stoic Exercises That Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

Very few ancient philosophies can be traced back to an entrepreneur, but one can: Stoicism. Around 304 BC, a merchant named Zeno was shipwrecked on a trading voyage. He lost nearly everything. Making his way to Athens, he was introduced to philosophy by Crates of Thebes, a famous Cynic, which...
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For The Love of Wisdom: An Interview with Jennifer Baker

I initially connected with Jennifer Baker through her piece on Stoicism with the unexpected title "Can Charlie Brown be Happy?" I had a million questions and I’m sure you do too.  Before we get to that, a bit of background. Jennifer is currently a professor at the College of Charleston...
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Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: An Interview with Donald Robertson

It was an honor to interview Donald Robertson about stoicism--as he’s been a selfless and prolific contributor to the world of stoic philosophy for a long time. If you are not yet familiar with his work, you should be. He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specialises in...
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How Would The Stoics Cope Today?

Some of us are stressed. Others are overworked, struggling with the new responsibilities of parenthood, or moving from one flawed relationship to another. Whatever it is, whatever you are going through, there is wisdom from the Stoics that can help. Followers of this ancient and inscrutable philosophy have found themselves...
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3 Stoic Exercises That Will Help Create Your Best Month Yet

For more than two thousand years, wise men and women have relied on an ancient philosophy known as Stoicism to help them live their best lives. It’s been a source of guidance, wisdom and practical advice for millions. It’s been used by everyone from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca (one of...
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Stoicism Can Help Put Criticism In Perspective

Think about who the Stoics really were—they weren’t tenured university professors debating idle questions about the universe. On the contrary, they were men (and in some cases) women of action. To borrow from Theodore Roosevelt and to make a Roman pun, they were not critics, they were in the arena....
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Feeling Helpless? Here’s How To Break The Spell

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” - Marcus Aurelius We try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and having uncertainty. It’s why many people are continually looking to the future; planning, wishing, hoping, and maybe avoiding certain circumstances. They stick to a mundane routine and an unhappy life, not...
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Finding Peace: The Real Battle is Within – Always in the Present Moment

“A warrior is not something you become, Dan. It’s something either you are, in this moment, or something you are not.” –Socrates in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior  Folks like to see philosophy as a parlor game that has nothing to do with the rigors of life, but the...