In one of the most watched videos on the Daily Stoic YouTube Channel this week, Ryan Holiday shares 100 things he’s learned from the book he’s read over 100 times: Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. Ryan has put so many miles on various paperback and hardcover copies of Meditations that most of his copies are now held together by tape. So he decided to create a leather edition to stand the test of time (check it out here), which is one of the lessons from Marcus himself:
Watch the full video: 100 Things Ryan Holiday Learned From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
PODCAST TAKEAWAY OF THE WEEK:
In one of the most listened to episodes of the Daily Stoic podcast this week, Ryan Holiday speaks to Roman historian Josiah Osgood about his new book Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic, the complicated legacy of Cato, what today’s leaders can learn from the Shakespearean virtues and vices of both Cato and Caesar, and the Stoic lesson embedded in Cato and Caesar’s fatal showdown:
Listen to the full episode: Josiah Osgood on the Long-Lasting Effects of Rivalry
WHAT RYAN HOLIDAY IS READING:
— Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The World by Robert Coram
YOUR STOIC WEEKEND REMINDER:
Do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life.
In the kitchen at Per Se, one of the best restaurants in the world, there is a sign. All it says is: A Sense of Urgency. That’s what a great chef, a great service staff, a great organization has. A great person needs it too.
Yet far too many of us lack this. In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius chides himself for acting as if he’s going to live forever, as if he has unlimited time. “You could be good today,” he writes, “instead you choose tomorrow.” He tells himself he needs to concentrate like a Roman and do the task in front of him as if it was the last thing he was doing in his life.
In short, he needs to attack everything with a sense of urgency. We all do.
(For more Stoic reminders to start your day with, watch this video!)