Stoicism for Creative Introverts
I’ve just completed Stoic Week!
What the heck is Stoic Week you ask? It’s an online event in which people from all over the world attempt to live like a Stoic for seven days. It’s run every year by the Modern Stoic and basically provides a framework for everyone to join in with, for free, for one week.
I have another podcast that dives much deeper into this, over on The Seeker and the Skeptic, check that out if you’re interested in learning more about Stoicism – both the good bits and the not so good bits.
So for those who aren’t totally sure what stoicism is or fancy hearing my garbled explanation, here goes:
Stoicism is a school of philosophy founded in Athens, Greece by Zeno of Citium around 300 BC. Zeno would lecture to his students from a painted porch (stoa polikile) and that’s where the word ’Stoic’ comes from.
The teachings spread far and wide, influencing the likes of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, right up to modern day stoic bros like Tim Ferriss and Ryan Holiday, which is where I first came across the philosophy.
I’ll be revealing the four reasons stoicism is so useful for creative introverts today, in this week’s podcast.
How to be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
The Tao of Seneca presented by Tim Ferriss
I haven’t vetted all of these, but you can have stoic fun with this list.
Desire/Desirable Action Madlib:
“Desire is: I really want ______ to happen. When ______ happens, then I’ll be happy, then I’ll be able to ______. Deliberate action is: I must do ______. I was put here to accomplish ______. I am willing to endure ______ for the sake of this.”
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