The Daily Stoic
A beautifully packaged, gifty daily devotional of Stoic wisdom, from the author of The Obstacle is the Way. Modern readers praise Stoic philosophy for its unique blend of practicality and wisdom. But it's admittedly hard for the average reader to decipher the Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius' work. The antiquated, needlessly formal language of most modern translations is stripped down in this book, revealing powerful aphorisms that cut straight to the heart of our day-to-day challenges. Presented in a page-per-day format, this daily resource of Stoic inspiration combines new translations of Seneca, Epictetus, Zeno by Stephen Hanselman with calls to further reflection--and action--by Ryan Holiday. Arranged topically following the same three movements (Perception, Action, Will) that Holiday used inThe Obstacle is the Way, this guide features twelve principles for overcoming obstacles and achieving greater satisfaction. Aimed at the high-octane, action-oriented, doers of our wired world, this book is intended to open to them a new daily ritual and a new orientation that will bring balanced action, insight, effectiveness, and serenity.

The Daily Stoic Details

TitleThe Daily Stoic
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 18th, 2016
PublisherPortfolio
ISBN-139780735211735
Rating
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Personal Development

The Daily Stoic Review

  • Paula Terrado
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read this book already but i still read it everyday. It serves as a book vitamin to me. ❦ It helps me have a positive attitude when i’m feeling down.❦ It gives me a whole a new perspective.❦ It helps open my mind and help me understand things.❦ It helps me find something positive in a negative situation.❦ It just lifts me.It may be short but i believe it still served its purpose.These are just some of the things that this book did to me. I do hope it has the same effect on you. And aside fr I’ve read this book already but i still read it everyday. It serves as a book vitamin to me. ❦ It helps me have a positive attitude when i’m feeling down.❦ It gives me a whole a new perspective.❦ It helps open my mind and help me understand things.❦ It helps me find something positive in a negative situation.❦ It just lifts me.It may be short but i believe it still served its purpose.These are just some of the things that this book did to me. I do hope it has the same effect on you. And aside from this book, prayers will definitely work wonders, no doubt about it (other religions, please don’t take offense in this - i apologize if i’ve offended anyone with this, that’s not my intention).Happy reading!!! :)
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  • Ying Ying
    January 1, 1970
    The meditations are so short that they cannot satisfy my daily thirst. However, because the texts are not tightly connected, "reading" quickly on one-go feels like drinking too many different beverages at the same time; soon you lose your feeling.What this book did do is to re-awaken my interest in stoicism and my desire to go back to the actual texts, which are much more thoughtful and profound, and hence significantly more delightful.
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  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    Read it in just under 6 weeks, rather than a year. Some days are repetitive, but then again so is life, since lessons tend to be repeated until learnt. But as the conclusion says, theory is easy, practice is hard (and never-ending).___Stoicism in a nutshell: Virtue (four cardinal virtues of self-control, courage, justice and wisdom) is happiness, and it is our perception of things - rather than the things themsleves - that cause most of our trouble.The three most essential parts of Stoic philoso Read it in just under 6 weeks, rather than a year. Some days are repetitive, but then again so is life, since lessons tend to be repeated until learnt. But as the conclusion says, theory is easy, practice is hard (and never-ending).___Stoicism in a nutshell: Virtue (four cardinal virtues of self-control, courage, justice and wisdom) is happiness, and it is our perception of things - rather than the things themsleves - that cause most of our trouble.The three most essential parts of Stoic philosophy: Control your perceptions.Direct your actions properly.Willingly accept what's outside your control.When your efforts are not directed towards a cause or purpose, how will you know what to say no to and what to say yes to? How will you know when you have had enough, when you've reached your goal, when you've gotten off track, if you've never defined what those things are?Serenity and stability are results of your choices and judgment, not your environment. If you seek to avoid all disruptions to tranquility, you will never be successful. Your problems will follow you wherever you run and hide.External things can't fix internal issues. Money only marginally changes life. It doesn't solve the problems that people without it seem to think it will.When I see an anxious person, I ask: What do they want? For if a person wasn't wanting something outside their control, why would they be stricken by anxiety?The next time you find yourself in the middle of a freakout or breakout, stop a moment and ask yourself: Is this helping me feel better?It is important to connect the so-called temptation with its actual effects. Once you understand that indulging might actually be worse than resisting, the urge begins to lose its appeal.It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. To want nothing makes you invincible, because nothing lies outside of your control.The more things we desire and the more we have to do to earn or attain these achievements, the less we actually enjoy our lives - and the less free we are.It's not about avoidance or shunning, but rather not giving any possible outcome more power or preference than is appropriate. This is not easy to do, certainly, but if you could manage, how much more relaxed would you be?Curb your desire - don't set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need. Train your mind to ask: "Do I need this thing? What will happen if I do not get it? Can I make do without it?""The cause of my irritation is not in this person but in me." Our labels, our expectations.There are two ways to be wealthy, to get everything you want or to want everything you have.People put a great deal of effort into ensuring that money is real, whereas we accept potentially life-changing thoughts or assumptions without so much as a question. One ironic assumption along these lines: That having a lot of money makes you wealthy. Or that because a lot of people believe something, that it must be true.At the end of your time on this planet, what expertise is going to be more valuable, your understanding of matters of living and dying, or your knowledge of celebrity lives / intricacies of plot points of your favourite TV series / insert random vice or obsession here?Everything we do has a toll attached to it. Waiting around is a tax on travelling. Rumours and gossip are the tax that come from acquiring a public persona. Disagreements and occasional frustration are taxes placed on even the happiest of relationships. There are many forms of taxes in life. You can argue with them, you can go to great - but ultimately futile - lengths to evade them, or you can simply pay them and enjoy the fruits of what you get to keep."If you don't take the money, they can't tell you what to do." Wanting makes you a servant.Make character your loudest statement. Do, don't just say.God laid down this law, saying: if you want some good, get it from yourself. - Epictetus.Reflect then, that your ancestors set up these trophies, not that you may gaze at them in wonder, but that you may also imitate the virtues of the men who set them up.Take pleasure in taking the right actions, rather than the results that come from them. Focus on what you can control.Joy for human beings lies in proper human work. And proper human work consists in: acts of kindness to other human beings, disdain for the stirring of the senses, identifying trustworthy impressions, and contemplating the natural order and all that happens in keeping with it.The first two things before acting: Don't get upset. And do the right thing.Succumbing to the self-pity and "woe is me" narrative accomplishes nothing - nothing except sapping you of the energy and motivation you need to do something about your problem.A trained mind is better than any script. And and far better booster of confidence.Don't think of how you HAVE to do something, but rather how you GET TO do it. Receive and respond to the will in the world.Appeal to self-interest, rather than moralise. SHOW how something is bad, rather than just say it is bad.Remember then, if you deem what is by nature slavish to be free, and what is not your own to be yours, you will be shackled and miserable, blaming both gods and other people. But if you deem as your own only what is yours, and what belongs to others as truly not yours, then no one will ever be able to coerce or to stop you, you will find no one to blame or accuse, you will do nothing against your will, you will have no enemy, no one will harm you, because no harm can affect you.Anyone who truly wants to be free, won't desire something that is actually in someone else's control, unless they want to be a slave.Take days off from work, not learning.Better to trip with the feet than the tongue. Words can't be unsaid.A virtuous person is generous with assumptions: that something was an accident, that someone didn't know, that it won't happen again. This makes life easier to bear and makes us more tolerant. Meanwhile - assuming malice - the most hasty of judgments - makes everything harder to bear.Cease to hope and you will cease to fear. The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead.Fortune falls heavily on those for whom she's unexpected. The one always on the lookout easily endures."I would choose being sick over living in luxury, for being sick only harms the body, whereas luxury destroys both the body and the soul, causing weakness and incapacity in the body, and lack of control and cowardice in the soul. What's more, luxury breeds injustice because it also breeds greediness."No person hands out money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We're tight-fisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.
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  • Raymond
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good collection of quotes from Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus and daily meditations from the authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. I read two meditations a day from December 2016 to July 2017. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of these philosophers who lived around 2,000 years ago and it amazes me that their words stand the test of time. Big takeaways from the book: Be good, accept the things you can control, realize that the outcome of This was a really good collection of quotes from Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus and daily meditations from the authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman. I read two meditations a day from December 2016 to July 2017. I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of these philosophers who lived around 2,000 years ago and it amazes me that their words stand the test of time. Big takeaways from the book: Be good, accept the things you can control, realize that the outcome of things is controlled by someone or something bigger than yourself, and finally practice what you preach by living out the wisdom and teachings that you read.
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  • Alejandro
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of some of Marcus Aurelius' writing so I bought this book looking forward to discovering other ancient Stoic writers. Instead, I found mostly the interpretations of the editor with just small snippets from the Stoic greats. Sometimes it's hard to find the Stoic quotes amidst the simplistic and shallow commentary of the editor.
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  • Sandy Kemp
    January 1, 1970
    It's perfect for it's purpose, a daily dip into stoic wisdom. Those who rated it one star are judging against a standard it's not attempting to meet. The author does not claim to give the best translations, only accessible ones. I'm probably going to end up buying this and reading it daily for years.For those looking for deep dives rather than a daily dip, read Long's translation of Meditations (or Hays for a version that's like having the author put his hand on his shoulder and advise you, whil It's perfect for it's purpose, a daily dip into stoic wisdom. Those who rated it one star are judging against a standard it's not attempting to meet. The author does not claim to give the best translations, only accessible ones. I'm probably going to end up buying this and reading it daily for years.For those looking for deep dives rather than a daily dip, read Long's translation of Meditations (or Hays for a version that's like having the author put his hand on his shoulder and advise you, while standing in a muddy field).There are a lot of translations, look until you find one you like!
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    In one pithy word: rudimentary.What an affront to the great thinkers of ancient times. Each "daily meditation" is but a tiny drop of water splashing itself into the vast blue sea; nary an impact, nary a difference.Would not recommend.
  • Adam McNamara
    January 1, 1970
    Stoicism is an ancient philosophy. It asserts that virtue (meaning self-control, courage, justice, and wisdom) is happiness. To achieve virtue, and thus live happily, one must master the three Stoic disciplines: perceptions (how you see and understand the world), actions (how you act based on what you see), and will (how you feel when events are outside your control).The Daily Stoic is an exercise guide, not a history of Stoicism. Its goal is to help you understand the three disciplines - percep Stoicism is an ancient philosophy. It asserts that virtue (meaning self-control, courage, justice, and wisdom) is happiness. To achieve virtue, and thus live happily, one must master the three Stoic disciplines: perceptions (how you see and understand the world), actions (how you act based on what you see), and will (how you feel when events are outside your control).The Daily Stoic is an exercise guide, not a history of Stoicism. Its goal is to help you understand the three disciplines - perception, action, and will - and apply lessons from each to your life. Each day, you’re presented with a Stoic lesson, explained in modern language, with advice about how to apply it in everyday life.When studying Stoicism in the past, I’ve encountered two problems. The original sources can difficult to read. Simply put, we spoke differently 2,000 years ago. Stoicism is full of important lessons, but they can be lost when struggling with the language in Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Letters from a Stoic by Seneca. Books like The Obstacle is the Way and a Guide to the Good Life help by interpreting and summarizing the lessons for a modern audience. But Stoicism contains hundreds lessons about how to live well, and modern summaries can be difficult to remember and apply them all.This is where The Daily Stoic shines. Not only does it make Stoic lessons easy to understand and apply, it focuses you on just one lesson per day. I find this format - a daily practice guide - the most effective way of reading, understanding, and applying Stoicism.
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  • Phill
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this book in hopes to get a modern take of stoic philosophy. The book is intended to start on January 1st which is slightly distracting but that's neither here nor there. Each passage has a snippet of a classic stoic philosopher and a few paragraphs on how that particular snippet can be implemented in modern life. I personally don't particularly see eye to eye with how the authors choose to implement the philosophy. Without getting to political, there is a typical "American" / neolibera I bought this book in hopes to get a modern take of stoic philosophy. The book is intended to start on January 1st which is slightly distracting but that's neither here nor there. Each passage has a snippet of a classic stoic philosopher and a few paragraphs on how that particular snippet can be implemented in modern life. I personally don't particularly see eye to eye with how the authors choose to implement the philosophy. Without getting to political, there is a typical "American" / neoliberal vibe with the modern implementations which I find ever so slightly grating. That being said, it's not too distracting albeit probably noticeable for those who might not be so fond of said vibe.I'd recommend the book to those who might want to get a feel of stoicism or at least get a good idea of who the stoics were. I'd also recommend it for people who might be pressed for time but still have the desire to read something introspective daily (notably atheists / non-theists).
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  • Sydney (Сидни)
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely a unique book. To begin with, I do not follow the philosophy of Stoicism; however, that does not seem to be necessary in order to keep up with this book (say, how you would need to be of a certain group to understand certain catchphrases or words, this book is written for the public to embrace the basics of Stoicism and apply it to their everyday life).The format is very user- friendly. Each day is a teaching; and you are asked to ponder each teaching and apply it for the day. This is definitely a unique book. To begin with, I do not follow the philosophy of Stoicism; however, that does not seem to be necessary in order to keep up with this book (say, how you would need to be of a certain group to understand certain catchphrases or words, this book is written for the public to embrace the basics of Stoicism and apply it to their everyday life).The format is very user- friendly. Each day is a teaching; and you are asked to ponder each teaching and apply it for the day. It's recommended to read this book in the morning. (However, no one will know if you are reading at night, you will just be a bit behind?)Even if you are a Christian, you can definitely use the words from here and apply them Biblically. You will only be applying them with a different mindset. I found the book incredibly helpful for living in today's world. I just added a Bible verse where applicable :)
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  • Adrianna
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit I wasn't reading this every day, I also started it in April, so I have missed a couple of months, I also skipped some days by just completely forgetting about this book, sometimes even weeks.However, some of the quotes and analysis of them were quite relatable, sometimes even on the days I would read them. It's rather a flexible and open-minded approach, it is often fitting to your current situation, or one you once found yourself in, your experiences, etc.Lots of them helped me I have to admit I wasn't reading this every day, I also started it in April, so I have missed a couple of months, I also skipped some days by just completely forgetting about this book, sometimes even weeks.However, some of the quotes and analysis of them were quite relatable, sometimes even on the days I would read them. It's rather a flexible and open-minded approach, it is often fitting to your current situation, or one you once found yourself in, your experiences, etc.Lots of them helped me get through the days, encouraged me to analyse how I felt, what went well and wrong, and how to make that particular day better and not make the same mistakes again.Overall, I really enjoyed it, but as lazy as I am, I will probably not stick to the goal of reading it every day in 2018.
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  • Samantha Choo
    January 1, 1970
    What the author has done is to compile quotes from great Stoics (mostly Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus) and try to make it relevant to the common reader by making cringeworthy references to Chuck Palahniuk or other modern figures and extremely shallow commentary. This book is probably meant for people who have never encountered Stoicism and would be a good start, but not for people already working towards Stoicism. Readers would do better to read Meditations or letters from a stoic instea What the author has done is to compile quotes from great Stoics (mostly Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus) and try to make it relevant to the common reader by making cringeworthy references to Chuck Palahniuk or other modern figures and extremely shallow commentary. This book is probably meant for people who have never encountered Stoicism and would be a good start, but not for people already working towards Stoicism. Readers would do better to read Meditations or letters from a stoic instead.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Started reading this with the new year and stopped today. It was frustratingly repetitive, with only 2 or 3 ideas said over and over again in different ways by different people.
  • Samy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is meant to be read one day at a time, but I couldn’t help but go through it over the course of a couple of weeks. Emotional stability is something that’s of the utmost importance if you want to make the best decisions in your life. I find that the stoic philosophy lends itself well to distancing yourself from other people’s behavior so that you truly focus on what’s in your own control. For people who are very future-oriented like me, I think you’ll find that letting go of some of you This book is meant to be read one day at a time, but I couldn’t help but go through it over the course of a couple of weeks. Emotional stability is something that’s of the utmost importance if you want to make the best decisions in your life. I find that the stoic philosophy lends itself well to distancing yourself from other people’s behavior so that you truly focus on what’s in your own control. For people who are very future-oriented like me, I think you’ll find that letting go of some of your desire to create certain outcomes, to ironically, be helpful for creating the outcomes you seek. Here are some of the quotes that particularly resonated with me. I've organized them by People, Choices, Doubt, Desire, and Wealth.PeoplePeople are depending on you. Your purpose is to help us render this great work together. And we’re waiting and excited for you to show up. ==========You must choose whether to be loved by these friends and remain the same person or to become a better person at the cost of those friends … if you try to have it both ways you will neither make progress nor keep what you once had.” ========== “If a person gave away your body to some passer-by, you’d be furious. Yet you hand over your mind to anyone who comes along, so they may abuse you, leaving it disturbed and troubled—have you no shame in that?” Someone can’t frustrate you, work can’t overwhelm you—these are external objects, and they have no access to your mind. Those emotions you feel, as real as they are, come from the inside, not the outside. Someone says something rude—it’s your sensitivity that interpreted their remark this way. ========== “Appeal to People’s Self-Interest Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude.” ==========“If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters—don’t wish to seem knowledgeable. “In public avoid talking often and excessively about your accomplishments and dangers, for however much you enjoy recounting your dangers, it’s not so pleasant for others to hear about your affairs.” ==========Listen and connect with people, don’t perform for them. ==========What if you could “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”? What kind of effect do you think that would have? The Bible says that when you can do something nice and caring to a hateful enemy, it is like “heaping burning coals on his head.” ==========Most rudeness, meanness, and cruelty are a mask for deep-seated weakness. Kindness in these situations is only possible for people of great strength. You have that strength. Use it. ==========If an actor focuses on the public reception to a project—whether critics like it or whether it’s a hit, they will be constantly disappointed and hurt. But if they love their performance—and put everything they have into making it the best that they’re capable of—they will always find satisfaction in their job. ==========ChoicesYou become the sum of your actions, and as you do, what flows from that—your impulses—reflect the actions you’ve taken. Choose wisely. ==========How you handle today is how you’ll handle every day. How you handle this minute is how you’ll handle every minute. ==========Freedom? That’s easy. It’s in your choices. Happiness? That’s easy. It’s in your choices. Respect of your peers? That too is in the choices you make. And all of that is right in front of you. No need to take the long way. Right now we might be laid low with struggles, whereas just a few years ago we might have lived high on the hog, and in just a few days we might be doing so well that success is actually a burden. One thing will stay constant: our freedom of choice—both in the big picture and small picture. ==========You’ve got just one thing to manage: your choices, your will, your mind. So mind it. “In the afternoon, remind yourself that aside from the choices you make, your fate is not entirely up to you. The world is spinning and we spin along with it—whichever direction, good or bad. “DoubtGreek word euthymia, which he defines as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.” ==========Tranquillity and peace are found in identifying our path and in sticking to it: staying the course—making adjustments here and there, naturally—but ignoring the distracting sirens who beckon us to turn toward the rocks. ==========ConnectionThere is clarity (and joy) in seeing what others can’t see, in finding grace and harmony in places others overlook. Isn’t that far better than seeing the world as some dark place? ========== “I will keep constant watch over myself and—most usefully—will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil—that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past.” ==========DesireThe more things we desire and the more we have to do to earn or attain those achievements, the less we actually enjoy our lives—and the less free we are. ==========Locate that yearning for more, better, someday and see it for what it is: the enemy of your contentment. Choose it or your happiness. As Epictetus says, the two are not compatible. ==========For nowhere can you find a more peaceful and less busy retreat than in your own soul—especially if on close inspection it is filled with ease, which I say is nothing more than being well-ordered. Treat yourself often to this retreat and be renewed.” ==========A mind that isn’t in control of itself, that doesn’t understand its power to regulate itself, will be jerked ========== “There is something of a civil war going on within all of our lives,” a war inside each individual between the good parts of their soul and the bad. ==========This is why we must fight our biases and preconceptions: because they are a liability. Ask yourself: What haven’t I considered? Why is this thing the way it is? Am I part of the problem here or the solution? Could I be wrong here? ========== “From the very beginning, make it your practice to say to every harsh impression, ‘you are an impression and not at all what you appear to be.’ ==========“It isn’t events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.” ==========Thyestes is ultimately tempted and persuaded to accept “fortune’s gifts,” … which turned out to be a ruse hiding devastating tragedy. ==========We can get very good at what we’re paid to do, or adept at a hobby we wish we could be paid to do. Yet our own lives, habits, and tendencies might be a mystery to us. ==========By seeing each day and each situation as a kind of training exercise, the stakes suddenly become a lot lower. ==========Here is how to guarantee you have a good day: do good things. ==========Instead of seeing philosophy as an end to which one aspires, see it as something one applies. Not occasionally, but over the course of a life—making incremental progress along the way. Sustained execution, not shapeless epiphanies. ==========It’s fun to think about the future. It’s easy to ruminate on the past. It’s harder to put that energy into what’s in front of us right at this moment—especially if it’s something we don’t want to do. ==========“We like to say that we don’t get to choose our parents, that they were given by chance—yet we can truly choose whose children we’d like to be.” ==========Wealth“A man’s wealth must be determined by the relation of his desires and expenditures to his income. If he feels rich on $10 and has everything he desires, he really is rich.”Remember: taking the money, wanting the money—proverbially or literally—makes you a servant to the people who have it. Indifference to it, as Seneca put it, turns the highest power into no power, at least as far as your life is concerned.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent, practical series of meditations drawing on Stoic philosophy that guide everyday living in the modern world. Surprisingly relevant. Occasionally, the application of Stoic philosophy seemed to be drawing a long bow but, overall, beneficial advice. Much better than some of the saccharine advice given in some books of daily readings.
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  • I.C. Robledo
    January 1, 1970
    I am glad to have this handy book which was a wonderful introduction to Stoic philosophy. Many people may think that philosophy isn't very relevant because it deals with big abstract questions that don't seem to have firm solutions. Well, Stoic philosophy is different. It is completely based on practical understandings and tools we can adopt to live better lives. A common theme that is returned to time and again is that we must keep our minds on what we can control. This may get tiresome to some I am glad to have this handy book which was a wonderful introduction to Stoic philosophy. Many people may think that philosophy isn't very relevant because it deals with big abstract questions that don't seem to have firm solutions. Well, Stoic philosophy is different. It is completely based on practical understandings and tools we can adopt to live better lives. A common theme that is returned to time and again is that we must keep our minds on what we can control. This may get tiresome to some readers, but the fact that it is repeated so often just establishes to me how important this concept is. Some points I especially liked are that we should seek personal transformation on the inside, but continue to look similar to others on the outside. We do not need to give the impression that we have moved on, and no longer care about our fellow people. I also like that it is recommended we occasionally put ourselves through trials, such as fasting, so we can see that this is what we had feared so much, to not have some object of convenience. This is a book of great wisdom, and I appreciate the valuable insights. The explanations of how the quotes apply in today's age didn't always apply to me personally, but I can appreciate the author's goal of applying ancient philosophy in the modern age. The key point to take away in that is that this is a philosophy that applied then, applies now, and will probably forever be relevant.I. C. Robledo, Author in "Mind & Brain Improvement"To learn more, search my name in your Goodreads search bar.
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  • Josh McVay
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t recommend this enough. This is one New Years resolution that I’ll be forever thankful I picked up. Over the course of the last year these daily devotionals have managed to change the way I look at the world ever so slightly and have opened my mind to a new life philosophy. I have a long way to go in my study of Stoicism (a philosophy based around never making it to the destination) but this served as a perfect primer, opening a door to other great works that I plan on tackling this year Couldn’t recommend this enough. This is one New Years resolution that I’ll be forever thankful I picked up. Over the course of the last year these daily devotionals have managed to change the way I look at the world ever so slightly and have opened my mind to a new life philosophy. I have a long way to go in my study of Stoicism (a philosophy based around never making it to the destination) but this served as a perfect primer, opening a door to other great works that I plan on tackling this year.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    So disappointed in this book. Stoicism isn't for this emotional artist.
  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved every single Marcus Aurelius quotation - I always mean to get around to reading the Meditations properly; I found that Epictetus was often lovely to chew on; and I suppose both Seneca and the author's own writings were good practice at being stoic about my responses to things ;).I'm not sorry to say goodbye to this book and pick out a new daily reflection reader for 2018....
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  • Stefan-Iulian Tesoi
    January 1, 1970
    When in doubt, read the Daily Stoic! This book is supposed to be read over the course of a year and it indeed took me about a year to read it not because I've read everyday one of the 366 pieces of stoic wisdom but because I've read a bunch of them when I needed advice most. It was great reading it, each time I found strength, wisdom, motivation and inspiration.
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  • DV
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome collection of stoic wisdom. As usual, brilliantly brought together by Ryan Holiday. Has inspired me to re-read “the obstacle is the way”, “ego is the enemy” and “meditations”.
  • PolicemanPrawn
    January 1, 1970
    This is stoicism broken down into daily bite-sized pieces. All satisfactory really, but it can be repetitive, and a little superficial. I couldn't read it day-by-day as you're supposed to, but would read bigger chunks every now and then.
  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    Essential Daily Reading Occasionally I had to read multiple days to catch up, but this book has been helpful through the year as I try to be more practical and less angsty in life. Get you one of these. It’s underpriced, really.
  • Daniel Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Make your life worth living, face your fear of death!Pop culture likes to lead you to believe that if you set your mind to anything, you can achieve it.But you don't need to live too long to realise you don't have complete control over circumstances. You may have prospered yesterday and yet experience a reversal today.So what is the one thing that's completely in your control? Your mind. And because you control your mind, you control your choices.Even so, the consequences of those choices are ou Make your life worth living, face your fear of death!Pop culture likes to lead you to believe that if you set your mind to anything, you can achieve it.But you don't need to live too long to realise you don't have complete control over circumstances. You may have prospered yesterday and yet experience a reversal today.So what is the one thing that's completely in your control? Your mind. And because you control your mind, you control your choices.Even so, the consequences of those choices are outside your control. Practice Stoicism and start a lifelong journey of self-mastery.
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  • John Baker
    January 1, 1970
    An awesome daily push in the right direction. Very straight forward. Easy to comprehend.
  • Juvoni
    January 1, 1970
    A good daily companion for cultivating a stoic philosophy. Each month is themed and there are daily exerts from famous stoic philosophers with additional commentary from the authors. I liked the approach of spreading the read out across the year to allow space for the concepts to take root. However, I think the downside to that approach was that it makes the book feel fragmented. So I treat it like a supplementary too, it’s more valuable to go to the source material.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    I need to start my day with a philosophical and spiritual pause. To get focused and right sized. This book is useful for that. However, it's aimed at a business or yuppie audience. Some of the reflections are douchey and self serving. I find that grating. Still, I'm interested in stoicism and I'll be reading this book five or six times a week.
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, really. I mean, I don't really need to review Seneca for you all, right? There are a number of people I'd like to give this to. I read this in a few big chunks instead of in small daily doses, which is probably not the best choice.
  • A
    January 1, 1970
    This book outlines the stoic approach to life. The book is broken down into short reminders and brief explanations. A book you'll likely come back to from time to time. It does not need to read in sequence.
  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I started this book in December and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, there isn't much original content and I can only stand having Fight Club quoted at me so many times. I ended up reading through August.
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