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On today’s podcast, @RyanHoliday and Cal Newport talk about why a busy day isn’t always a better day, and how to ensure you have time to get work done.

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"Get busy with life's purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue..." Marcus Aurelius

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"You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say." Marcus Aurelius

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Some questions from the Stoics to ask each day:

- Is this in my control? (Epictetus)
- Is this essential? (Marcus Aurelius)
- What’s the worst case scenario? Am I prepared? (Seneca)
- Where did I fall short? Where did I improve? Where can I do better? (Seneca)

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"A benefit should be kept like a buried treasure, only to be dug up in necessity. . . . Nature bids us to do well by all. . . . Wherever there is a human being, we have an opportunity for kindness." Seneca

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"False friendship is the worst. Avoid it at all costs." Marcus Aurelius

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"Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future." Seneca

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Things you should NOT do, according to the Stoics:

- Don’t be overheard complaining...even to yourself (Marcus Aurelius)
- Don’t put on airs about your self-improvement (Epictetus)
- Don’t overindulge in eating or drinking (Musonius)
- Don’t speak more than you listen (Zeno)

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"If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad." Epictetus

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"The shortest way to wealth is through the contempt of wealth." Seneca

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"Sickness comes, captivity, disaster, conflagration, but none of them is unexpected‚ I always knew in what disorderly company Nature had confined me." Seneca

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On today’s podcast, @RyanHoliday and @ProfEmilyOster talk about the unique way Prof. Oster’s parents raised her and her siblings and how it influenced her.

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"Virtue is something lofty, elevated, regal, unconquerable, and untiring; pleasure is something lowly and slavish." Seneca

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"With a new year in front of us, we have to get serious about reading so that we might gain easily what others have gained by difficult experience."

Read @RyanHoliday's new article about the 18 books that will help you live the best 2021 possible.

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"At every moment keep a sturdy mind on the task at hand, as a Roman and human being, doing it with strict and simple dignity, affection, freedom, and justice‚ giving yourself a break from all other considerations." Marcus Aurelius

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"Journaling is not just a little thing you do to pass the time, to write down your memories—though it can be—it’s a strategy that has helped brilliant, powerful and wise people become better at what they do. "

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"It's a disgrace in this life when the soul surrenders first while the body refuses to." Marcus Aurelius

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"To make the best of what is in our power, and take the rest as it occurs." Epictetus

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