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The Daily Stoic

The Daily Stoic

by Ryan Holiday

The Real Source of Harm

The Stoics remind us that there really is no such thing as an objectively good or bad occurrence. Situations require our participation, context and categorization in order to be "bad".

Our reaction is what actually decides whether harm has occurred. If we raise our voice because we feel we’...

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The Smoke and Dust of Myth

Marcus Aurelius was reminded that no matter how much he conquered, no matter how much he inflicted his will on the world, it would be like building a castle in the sand—soon to be erased by the winds of time.

Eventually, all of us will pass away and slowly be forgotten. We should enjoy this...

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Accurate Self-Assessment

Most people resist the idea of a true self-estimate, probably because they fear it might mean downgrading some of their beliefs about who they are and what they’re capable of.

As Goethe’s maxim goes, it is a great failing “to see yourself as more than you are" and it is equally damaging to ...

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