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
I'm a big fan of stoic philosophy and enjoyed the daily meditation concept. However, this is one to read; the audio fails miserably. The narrator sounds like a 1950s infomercial, and it's awfully distracting. I stopped listening a few chapters in.
A book for today, and tomorrow. I love it. My only complaint is the narrator, in that he sounds dated, from a bygone era ... the sort of narrator from a black and white version of Spartacus. Why???? This is a book for 2016, for 2020, for 2030 ... kind of annoying, but not a show stopper
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the audio, IMO print would be better. I prefer to listen to it a little at a time find myself repeating each chapter over a few times to digest, this would be easier with the print version. I will probably purchase the print version soon.
I would recommend to everyone(beginners) interested in stoic philosophy though probably print version.
fantastic, inspirational and concise, this book is the perfect way of absorbing and putting into practice the teachings of some of the greatest philosophers to have lived. A great stand alone book but also really useful as a companion to Seneca's Letters from A Stoic and Marcus Aurelius's Meditations -it neatly distills the most inspirational quotes from stoic literature and makes it to understandabke to all.
I will listen to this daily. It's genuinely useful, practical and impactful wisdom. Brilliantly well researched and easy to use, engage with and understand. The quotes are delivered in a somewhat hammy acting style, which (before becoming a stoic! ) would probably have annoyed me intensely. In the end they are just part of the rich content, delivery and experience- and quite funny. It's a really great book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a sense of clarity in their lives.
"Makes Stoicism Accessible"
The audio version is a great compliment to the printed version. Well narrated with multiple voices in a tasteful effort to sound like your listening to the scholars themselves.
The Daily Stoic is an instant timeless classic
Each meditation is structured in a powerful way providing a concept, stoic quote, then description of how to apply in daily life.
The Daily Stoic is fantastic foundational book as both an introduction to stoicism and valuable essence of the best stoic concepts which is great for someone who reads the original stoic works regularly.
"Not well made as audio"
You're supposed to listen to one meditation every day, but there is no audible separation between the 366 meditations so you don't know when to stop.... It turned out being a frustration experience instead of meditation.
Remake it asap, make a beep or somehow audibly announce when a chapter ends.
"good as daily companion"
What is most valuable is the organization of the book into an almost annual course of stoicism. One can literally do one meditaion per day and make substantial progress. Even the authors comments which put each mediation into the frame of todays world are very helpfull. The only weekness is the somewhat pompous tone of the narration which seems to attempt to indduce the emperial atmosfere of roman senate and the result is a bit funny and unecessarily unatural for today. I don't really get it why these audios always try this tone when it comes to stoicism as if someone really new how the emperors sounded 2 000 years ago.
Essential for any person ready to learn about and practice stoicism.
Great meditations and wisdom.
The information and presentation of the material in this book is excellent! I am adding it to my library of "Life Changers".
Great book with excellent information to keep you focused on stoicism all year. I would definitely recommend this book.
"Lots of learnings"
Some learnings are difficult to make sense of, but the author's explanation makes each of them practically applicable
"Needs a new narrator"
This book may have been more interesting, but the narrator's voice killed it for me.
"Very motivational and easy to listen to"
Yes, absolutely! I regularly listen to this book at night, prior to going to bed. It makes stoic concepts easy to digest by breaking them down into bite-sized, themed quips that are accompanied by the author's point of view with regards to how to apply them to your own life.
Narrator did a great job!
What a collection of timeless wisdom and food for deep thought and reflection! This book is packed with information into a succinct eclectic treasure chest of knowledge and wisdom which can potentially be transformational. Loved it and plan to mark up the print version for repeated reading visits.
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