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PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:
Instead of chasing fame and success, focus on the process, on practicing your art, on getting better and better. Do your work. Follow your process. Put the dough in the oven. You can’t be certain what comes out of the other side of it—that’s what inadvertence is about. Yet at the same time, you can be certain that there will be something pure and true and real.
— The Best Stuff Is An Accidental Byproduct (Listen)
YOUTUBE TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday talks about one of the oldest ideas in all of art and philosophy—memento mori—and why we should constantly keep in mind that we are mortal:
Watch the full video: Why Facing Death Is The Key To Success
PODCAST TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most listened to episodes of the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday talks to Professor Jennifer Baker about her approach to teaching Stoicism at the College of Charleston, the parts of Stoicism many people struggle with, and the Stoic approach to buying a car:
Listen to the full episode: Jennifer Baker on Stoicism in Academia
WHAT RYAN HOLIDAY IS READING:
— Ain’t I A Woman by Sojourner Truth
YOUR STOIC WEEKEND REMINDER:
Persist and resist.
“If anyone would take these two words to heart and use them for his own guidance and regulation,” Epictetus says, “he will be almost without sin and will lead a very peaceful life. These two words are persist and resist.”
Persist and resist. Have the courage and perseverance to keep moving toward what is good, and the self-control and awareness to resist what is bad. These are the ingredients for living a good life.
(For more on this idea, watch this video!)
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EMAIL OF THE WEEK:
What We Owe Each Other (Listen)
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