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The one thing all fools have in common, Seneca said, is that they’re always getting ready to begin. They’re always putting things off, always saying, “I’ll do it later.” The New Year is a perfect time to break that cycle. So we created this awesome challenge for Daily Stoic: The New Year New You Challenge. It’s designed to get you out of your comfort zone, help you build new habits, take charge, learn new skills, eliminate the inessential, and take real steps towards being the person you are meant to be in 2023.

Participants will receive over 30,000 words of new content, weekly group video sessions with Ryan Holiday, access to a private Discord channel with other Stoics from around the globe, and much more. Don’t put it off, don’t delay—reserve your spot in the 2023 New Year New You Challenge over at dailystoic.com/challenge!


What are you hooked on? What do you have trouble doing without? What has gained control over you?

At the core of Stoicism, at the core of self-mastery is an instinctive reaction against anything that masters us. We must be the boss. We must be able to quit—cold turkey. If you are ready to make a clean break, we created the 2023 New Year New Your Challenge for you.

— It’s Time To Quit (Listen)


In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday talks about the habits, practices, and vices the Stoics say to avoid. With a new year approaching, it’s the perfect time to quit those destructive habits, get rid of destructive emotions, and free yourself from things that are holding you back, such as:

“Stop letting anxiety rule you. In one of the passages in Meditations, Marcus Aurelius says, Today I escaped anxiety. Then he says, wait, no, that’s not right. Actually I discarded it. It was within me. The plane, the airport—that’s not responsible for your anxiety. You’re responsible for your feelings. You’re responsible for the worry that you’re projecting at this thing. And it’s not helping you. It’s not making you better. It’s not doing anything about the problem. You’re just torturing yourself in anticipation of what might happen or might not happen.”

Watch the full video: 9 Habits The Stoics Want You To Stop Doing


On a recent episode of the Daily Stoic podcast, Ryan Holiday talks to author Chuck Klosterman about his book The Nineties, the inevitability of being wrong, the subtle ways the internet has changed the way we live, and the problem with worrying about what others might think of your work:

“Self-consciousness is the thing that kills art. It really does…Self-consciousness is such a problem because what it does is it makes you think, ‘okay, how can I mitigate this?’ And very often the attempt at mitigation amplifies it.”

Listen to the full episode: Chuck Klosterman on Writing, Being Wrong, and The Nineties (PodcastYouTube)


“The civil rights movement was often creative, but it was rarely spontaneous. Its members did not just take to the streets to see what would happen. Rather, weeks and even months of planning and preparation went into most of its campaigns…The preparation of soldiers is a neglected subject in most military histories, often treated as the necessary but dull preliminary to the real story. But it is of critical importance. Every military leader knows that intense training is essential to everything that follows, playing a large role in whether an organization fails or succeeds. The more rigorous and realistic the training, the better. The ancient historian Josephus wrote of the Roman army, ‘Their exercises lack none of the vigor of true war, but each soldier trains every day with his whole heart as if it were war indeed…He would not err who described their exercises as battles without blood, and their battles as bloody exercises.’”

— Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 by Thomas Ricks


You have power over your mind, not external events.

That’s one of the great lessons found inside Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations:

“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

You don’t have power over what happens—you have power over how you respond to what happens.

(For more life-changing lessons from Marcus Aurelius, watch this video!)



This Is The Greatest Pleasure (Listen)

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” — Epictetus


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