As the sun sets on 2022, a new year is on the horizon. A fresh start. A clean slate. And for the 5th year in a row the Daily Stoic team will start the year out delivering our New Year New You Challenge to ring in that new beginning. Tens of thousands of Stoics across the globe have taken this challenge to quit procrastinating on their dreams, break harmful vices, make amends, and create a solid foundation for the real life they want to live.
The 5th anniversary of the New Year New You challenge is special to us, so we’ve taken your feedback to create 21 days of actionable challenges, built around the best, most timeless wisdom in Stoic philosophy. Plus we are mixing in weekly live video sessions with Ryan Holiday to get your questions answered. To learn more and to reserve your spot in the 2023 New Year New Your Challenge head over to dailystoic.com/challenge.
PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:
All of us have fallen short in the last year…and the years before that. We broke our resolutions. We made the same mistakes again and again. We were “jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances,” as Marcus said. But now it’s time to pick ourselves up and try again. We have to keep going. We can’t give up.
Because the alternative is unthinkable. A new year is fast approaching. It’s that time of year where some people will try again and some people won’t.
Which will it be? Who will you be?
YOUTUBE TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday runs up the treacherous 8-mile road to the Cerro Gordo Ghost Town in California. Along the run, Ryan shares many Stoic lessons learned in the face of a big challenge. He talks about building mental discipline, the confidence earned from doing hard things, why John Wooden taught the top players in the country how to put their socks on, and what to remind yourself when you think your halfway:
Watch the full video: How Stoicism Helps You Deal With Big Challenges
PODCAST TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most listened to episodes of the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday speaks to one of the world’s most influential philosophers, Peter Singer, about his book The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty, whether or not Ryan should donate one of his kidneys, the similarities between Stoicism and Effective Altruism, and why Peter donated all of the $1 million he received when he was awarded the esteemed Berggruen Prize:
Listen to the full episode: Peter Singer on Practicing Effective Altruism Daily
WHAT RYAN HOLIDAY IS READING:
— Outdoor Kids in an Inside World by Steven Rinella
YOUR STOIC WEEKEND REMINDER:
Discipline now, freedom later.
The famous line from Musonius Rufus was that labor passes quickly but the fruit of labor endures.
You stay late at the office a few days in a row and later, when you’re on vacation, you’re happy you did. You say no to happy hour drinks and later, when you wake up fresh and clear-headed to get a jump on the day, you’re happy we did. You pass on the dessert menu and later, when you achieve your fitness goals sooner than you expected, you’re happy we did.
The vigilance of discipline is temporary, but the fruit of that discipline can be enjoyed long after the sacrifice has been forgotten.
(For a little more on this topic, watch this video! For a lot more on this topic, pick up a copy of Ryan Holiday’s latest book, Discipline is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control.)
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