Stoicism Resources and Recommendations

Intro copy TK? Stoicism 101 Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs On The Shortness of Life: An Introduction to Seneca Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato The Practicality of Pessimism: Stoicism as a Productivity System General Philosophy How to Use Philosophy as a Personal Operating System: From Seneca to Musashi Looking to the Dietary Gods: Eating Well […]

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato

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The philosophical school of Stoicism is, I believe, the perfect operating system for thriving in high-stress environments. For entrepreneurs, it’s a godsend. Both Seneca and Marcus Aurelius have been extensively written about elsewhere. But what of Cato, about whom Dante said, “And what earthly man was more worthy to signify God than Cato?” One of […]

The Practicality of Pessimism: Stoicism as a Productivity System

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This is a recent 5-minute presentation I gave at Google I/O Ignite called “The Practicality of Pessimism: Stoicism as a Productivity System.” In it, I discuss the two most effective productivity techniques I’ve found since 2004, both borrowed from Stoicism. I include personal usage examples, as well as several from Seneca and Cato. The audio […]

Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs

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Stoicism was born on the porch of Zeno, but it can be used in the concrete jungle. (Photo: Blue Cinderella) “There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.” -Seneca Few of us would consider ourselves philosophers. Most of us can recall at least one turtleneck-wearing […]

Accelerated Learning and Mentors – My Personal Story

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This episode is by request. You have asked me many times for an episode on education, accelerated learning, and my mentors. It will all be covered in the following conversation with Charles Best (@charlesbest), the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that enables anyone to help a classroom in need. It is one […]

Marie Kondo — The Japanese Tidying Master

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“You could say that tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it.” – Marie Kondo Marie Kondo (@MarieKondo, also known as “KonMari”) is a Japanese organizing consultant, author, and entrepreneur. She developed a revolutionary method of organizing known as the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, […]

How to Not Be Evil – Dr. Phil Zimbardo

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“The future is always modifiable by our actions.” – Dr. Phil Zimbardo Dr. Philip Zimbardo (@PhilZimbardo) is one of the most distinguished psychologists in the world and a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is arguably best known for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which students were turned into mock prisoners and guards for […]

Calming Philosophies for Chaotic Times — Krista Tippett

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“Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” – Krista Tippett Krista Tippett (@KristaTippett) is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being and curates The Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to the differences of […]

Lessons from Warren Buffett, Bobby Fischer, and Other Outliers

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“Geniuses have very limited toolsets — they have a hammer, and their genius is in looking for nails.” – Adam Robinson Adam Robinson (@IAmAdamRobinson) first appeared on this podcast in the “Becoming the Best Version of You” episode (#210) alongside Josh Waitzkin (chess, jiu-jitsu, investing) and Ramit Sethi (personal finance, entrepreneurship). By popular demand, this […]

The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley – Kara Swisher

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“Smart people like to be challenged and they like smart people challenging them.” – Kara Swisher Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) has been called “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” by New York Magazine. Here’s just one example: you can graph the impact on Yahoo’s stock price by various posts by Kara. That’s just the tip […]