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Interview With Michael McGill, The Stoic CIO

Michael McGill is Chief Information Officer with Medical Service Company and has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years. Rising through the ranks from front-line IT professional to IT leader, he has seen his fair share of change in a fast-moving industry. In response to the everyday chaos that a career in…

Why You Need More Than Stoicism

Stoic philosophy? Sounds boring. That was my reaction when I first heard Tim Ferriss talking about it on his podcast. Every few episodes he would mention how some guy Seneca wrote letters to some guy Lucilius 2000 years ago and how the advice he was giving his friend still applies to modern life. I couldn’t…

Exercise: Find Solitude

Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself, just as I can. Few people have that capacity and yet everyone could have it.Herman Hesse, Siddhartha When he was still involved in the day-to-day operations of Microsoft, Bill Gates had the habit of scheduling an…

How To Refresh Your Daily Practices

Wake up, drink a glass of water, do ten pushups, brush teeth, take a shower. Journal, meditate, drink a cup of coffee, start work. Have lunch at the usual time, have dinner at the usual time, go to bed at the usual time. While daily practices are great for instilling a sense of structure into…

Modern Stoicism

The term "Modern Stoicism" is commonly used to refer to the revival of interest in the 2000-year old Stoic philosophy and the efforts to adjust Ancient Stoicism to the language and framework of the present. The movement continues to gain popularity by making the ancient teachings more accessible and by demonstrating how they can be…

What Am I?

I am a barista. I work in a small coffee shop. From early morning, the smell of freshly ground beans charges the air. The aroma soothes and the caffeine energizes, people relax at tables and others jostle to be served. People really love coffee these days and I love to bring that love to life.…

Stoic Solutions For Feelings Of Insecurity

The feeling of insecurity is a constant threat to contentedness. We feel insecure about money, relationships, careers and a whole collection of other things that we believe need to be perfect before we can relax. Some common reasons we might give for feeling insecure are: I don't have enough moneyI don't know if a certain…

How To Reclaim Your Innocence

There’s a chapter in Anthony de Mello’s The Way to Love entitled Become Like Children. It outlines how a child can be influenced to lose its innocence and subsequently live a life that is so dependent on externals that they never truly know who they are. This may sound like an abstract notion, but I’ll…

The Best Stoicism Podcasts

If you're an avid podcast listener and a student of the Stoics, you're probably always on the look out for good Stoicism podcasts to plug into. If you're not familiar with them, podcasts are a great way to absorb information when reading isn't convenient. That could be while driving, while working out, or any time…

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