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    Who Could Have Seen It? | 9 Stoic Lessons From Running Every Single Day

    enSeptember 19, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Multitasking during podcasts: Productivity and convenienceSponsors like Progressive Insurance and Talkspace offer time-saving solutions, enhancing productivity and convenience during podcast listening. However, prioritize personal growth to prepare for life's uncertainties.

      Multitasking during podcast listening can be productive, as demonstrated by the sponsors The Daily Stoke by Progressive Insurance and Talkspace. Progressive Insurance offers an easy and convenient way to get an auto insurance quote and find potential savings, while Talkspace makes therapy more accessible and affordable through online sessions with licensed therapists. The importance of these services lies in saving time and resources, allowing individuals to focus on other aspects of their lives. However, it's essential to remember that unexpected events, such as those described in the passage from Seneca and the story from Joan Didion, can disrupt even the best-laid plans. Therefore, it's crucial to prioritize personal growth, whether through insurance savings or therapy, to better prepare for life's uncertainties.

    • Embrace physical activity for mental strengthPracticing stoicism includes physical activity like running for mental strength and resilience, reminding us of our ability to overcome challenges in life.

      Practicing stoicism, as Seneca and other ancient philosophers did, involves not only mental discipline but also physical activity. For the speaker, this takes the form of running. By pushing himself physically, he finds that he is stronger and more enduring than he thought, and this sense of accomplishment translates to other areas of his life. Seneca's wisdom reminds us that life is uncertain, and we should assert control over our bodies and minds to prepare for the challenges ahead. By treating our bodies rigorously, we can ensure they are obedient to our will and help us face life's difficulties with greater capacity and resilience.

    • Embrace challenges and stay focused on your own journeyStruggles and obstacles are essential for growth and developing resilience. Stay focused on your own path and not get sidetracked by external distractions.

      Struggle and obstacles are essential for growth and developing resilience. As author Ryan Holiday puts it, "the obstacle is the way." This concept applies to writing a book, running a race, or any challenge we face in life. When things get tough, it's important to stay focused on our own journey and not get distracted by comparing ourselves to others. Seneca's concept of euthymia, or tranquility, emphasizes the importance of staying on our own path and not getting sidetracked by external distractions. Similarly, HOKA's shoes, designed to defy odds, inspire us to push our boundaries and embrace the journey, whether we're training for a marathon or just enjoying the everyday experience of movement. Ultimately, the marathon is not about competing against others but about waking up every day and doing the thing that makes us better, regardless of external validation. The Stoics remind us that we have control over our response to challenges and that our focus should be on what we can influence in our own lives.

    • Embracing personal competitions and pushing through struggleFocusing on intrinsic motivation, pushing through struggles, and taking small steps leads to personal growth and owning the day.

      Finding intrinsic motivation and pushing oneself to do hard things, even if it's just one thing every day, leads to long-term benefits and personal growth. The ancient philosophers Epictetus and Musonius Rufus emphasized the importance of finding personal competitions and pushing through the struggle to reap the rewards. Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraged starting small and building consistency in physical practices to own the day. Seneca believed that well-being comes from small steps. Mark Surreal encouraged embracing the day and not hiding under the covers. By focusing on intrinsic motivation, pushing through the struggle, and taking small steps, one can build the muscle of consistency and own their day.

    • Discovering and following natural inclinations leads to personal growth and happinessRunning serves as a form of meditation and problem-solving tool, setting actionable goals enhances performance and satisfaction, and 'The Best One Yet' podcast offers valuable business news

      Finding and following your natural inclinations can lead to personal growth and happiness. This was emphasized in the discussion about running, where it was mentioned that it serves as a form of meditation and a way to solve problems. The speaker shared how running helped him in his writing by allowing him to think more clearly and come up with solutions to structural problems. He also highlighted the importance of setting actionable goals instead of focusing solely on the end result. This mindset shift helped him improve his performance and find satisfaction in the process rather than just the outcome. Additionally, the podcast "The Best One Yet" was recommended as a source of business news that combines pop culture and trends, providing listeners with valuable information to start their day.

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