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The Daily Stoic

By: Ryan Holiday,Stephen Hanselman
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
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From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations.

Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from Emperor Marcus Aurelius, playwright Seneca, and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year, you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms. By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come), you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

©2016 Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (P)2016 Tim Ferriss

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Great intro to the Stoic philosphy

The is a great book.
Being “Stoic” is an expression that I really misunderstood. In my mind it had been convoluted to mean “unemotional or tough minded”.
Stocism is as far from that as possible. It is a school of thought that went from Greece to Athens in the olden days. Think of Socrates and Marcus Aurelius.
What Ryan Holiday does is really well is break down what Stocism means in reality and there are some great insights for modern life in that book.
i) Situations are not generally in our control The only thing fully in our control is what think about the situation.
ii) It is okay to get angry but remember your first emotional angry response shouldn’t be how you deal with the situation. Instead it’s your follow on actions that matter.
iii) SAINT IN A CAVE – it’s a mistake to assume a Stoic is a Saint in a Cave and should be a deeply contemplative superhuman. In-fact the Stoic is not the saint in the temple but often the merchant in the market
iv) This of life as an elegant banquet.
o Wait for your turn
o Don’t put everything on your plate at once
o Savor what’s in front of you knowing there is an unlimited amount left once you are done with that.
v) Memento Mori - which translated from Latin means “Remember that you will die.” We can use this reminder as Aurelius did, to inspire us to live our best life, to let go of trivial worries, to live a life of virtue, to understand and empathize, and to love our fate.

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hardly works as an audio book

hardly works as an audio book, the nature of the writing just doesn't seem to work out. Unless you only listen to one chapter at a time. But that's probably not why you're using an audio book...

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great book!

Plenty of wise words, followed by explanations and analogies. Great for audio and would be great to have on your bedside table also.

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Seems repeating the same message throughout.

Seems repeating the same message throughout. Narrator was good, but couldn't save it for me.

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brilliant!

this book is Brant and it's a book that you can read over and over again.

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So grateful for this book

This is one of the books you need to have on your bed table. Fantastic compendium of all the great stoics.
Great work Ryan and Steven!

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Bad

This content just doesn’t work as audio format. I’m disappointed and want to get a refund.

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Gave me a different better perspective to life

One of the best books I've read. It gave me a different perspective to life. Definitely going to read this again

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Introduction to philosophy

Good intro into philosophy but hard to digest each quote when listening in large sections. Could be better as 'tracks' on itunes/Google play/Spotify.

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Valuable but very dry

I think this book is better suited to owning in hard copy. It's more of a practical guide for life, which isn't particularly suited to an audiobook. But it does have some valuable lessons.

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