Welcome to a new Quarter here at the Daily Outsider.
We present the following #RandomThoughts for consideration.
PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:
Marcus, as he got older, had to learn how to be “full of love” as he would say. He had to see the good in people. He could not let his heart grow hard, as we’ve said, instead, he had to learn to strengthen it like the muscle that it was—so he could use it. That’s what leaders do. They have to care–practically, personally, professionally.
What about you? How are you strengthening that muscle—particularly in these difficult times? Has command or power made you cynical? Or are you working on becoming more conscientious and caring? Not because you have to, but because you know that to be great, to reach your potential as a parent, a partner, a creator, a friend, a human being…
YOUTUBE TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday shares some Stoic strategies that will make you happier, such as:
Watch the full video: How Stoicism Can Make You Happier
PODCAST TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
On the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday talks to Steve Magness about his new book Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, the misconceptions about military commanders and strict parents, how to cultivate and retain talent, and training the mental muscle required to get through difficulty in life,
Listen to the full interview: Steve Magness On Doing Hard Things and Why We Get Resilience Wrong
WHAT RYAN HOLIDAY IS READING:
— Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi
YOUR STOIC WEEKEND REMINDER:
Only the educated are free
Why do you read this email? Why do you read books?
Because you are learning how to live. Because you want to be freer, fear less, and achieve a state of peace. Education—reading and meditating on the wisdom of great minds—is not to be done for its own sake. It has a purpose. As Epictetus said,
Remember that imperative on the days you start to feel distracted, when watching television or having a snack seems like a better use of your time than reading or studying philosophy. Knowledge—self-knowledge in particular—is freedom.
(For another reason to read and study, watch this video!)