Stoicism Resources and Recommendations

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 According to the Ancients

The Experimental Life: An Introduction to Michel de Montaigne

Discovering Kindness In The Storm

Practical Applications and Uses

“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)

Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide

The Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life

What My Morning Journal Looks Like

How to Say “No” When It Matters Most (or “Why I’m Taking a Long ‘Startup Vacation’”)

Tim Ferriss Scam! Practical Tactics for Dealing with Haters

Writing with the Master – The Magic of John McPhee

The Art of Strategic Laziness

Preventing Burnout: A Cautionary Tale

Why (and How) Creative People Need to Say “No”

The Magic of Apprenticeship — A How-To Guide

Zen, Tea, and the Art of Life Management

How to Respond to Criticism – Learning from Dr. King

Don’t Like Meditation? Try Gratitude Training.

How to Travel: 21 Contrarian Rules

The Tao of Seneca

The Tao of Seneca: Letters from a Stoic Master is a small thank-you gesture to all of you — three volumes of Stoic writing starring Seneca, complete with original illustrations, profiles of modern Stoic figures, interviews, original Japanese and Chinese calligraphy to match themes, and much more. It’s totally free and you can download the PDFs below. Sharing is encouraged. Kindle versions are coming shortly, but it’s easy to get the PDFs on your Kindle now (instructions below).

I hope you find Seneca’s wisdom as life-changing as I have. I also owe a very special thanks to my entire team and all of the contributors who took part in the project. Thank you!

Tao of Seneca: Volume 1

Tao of Seneca: Volume 2

Tao of Seneca: Volume 3

If interested, I also turned Seneca’s letters into an audiobook series (paid). I often listen to one letter (5-15 minutes each) while walking to coffee in the morning. You can find it here: The Tao of Seneca.

Please check out Tribe of Mentors, my newest book, which shares short, tactical life advice from 100+ world-class performers. Many of the world's most famous entrepreneurs, athletes, investors, poker players, and artists are part of the book. The tips and strategies in Tribe of Mentors have already changed my life, and I hope the same for you. Click here for a sample chapter and full details. Roughly 90% of the guests have never appeared on my podcast.

Who was interviewed? Here's a very partial list: tech icons (founders of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Pinterest, Spotify, Salesforce, Dropbox, and more), Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ben Stiller, Maurice Ashley (first African-American Grandmaster of chess), Brené Brown (researcher and bestselling author), Rick Rubin (legendary music producer), Temple Grandin (animal behavior expert and autism activist), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Dara Torres (12-time Olympic medalist in swimming), David Lynch (director), Kelly Slater (surfing legend), Bozoma Saint John (Beats/Apple/Uber), Lewis Cantley (famed cancer researcher), Maria Sharapova, Chris Anderson (curator of TED), Terry Crews, Greg Norman (golf icon), Vitalik Buterin (creator of Ethereum), and nearly 100 more. Check it all out by clicking here.