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The Secret To Better Habits in 2022

At the end of the year, we all think about how the past year went and how we want the new year to be better. When we do this, what we’re really thinking about is habits. The things we did accomplish, didn’t accomplish, or hope to accomplish—these are all a byproduct of our habits. The Stoics had a word, arete, which means human excellence—moral, physical,...

The (Very) Best Books I Read In 2021

The 2022 Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge is open for registration! Join me in this year’s challenge—a set of 21 actionable challenges, presented one per day, built around the best wisdom in Stoic philosophy. I read for a lot of reasons. I read for self-improvement. I read for entertainment. I read to make sense of this crazy world we’re living...

32 Things I Love to Read, Listen to, Eat, and Carry With Me

One of the wonderful perks of having a platform is getting to share stuff that has improved your life with other people—knowing that it may well improve theirs. In fact, pretty early on in my writing career, I decided I wasn’t going to be precious about my own work but instead be an active cheerleader for stuff that I loved.  Who cares who made it? ...

One Day Of Thanks Is Not Enough: Gratitude is a Daily Practice

The modern practice of this Thanksgiving holiday here in America is that we are supposed to take the time to think about what we’re grateful for. And the candidates are usually pretty obvious: We should be grateful for our families, for our health (especially through a pandemic), that we live in a time of peace (the first Thanksgiving America has not...

Work, Family, Scene: You Can Only Pick Two

When I first moved to Austin in 2013, I went out to lunch—fittingly—with a writer named Austin Kleon. I was a longtime fan of his book Steal Like an Artist (his book Keep Going is a new favorite). After we ate, he drove me around the city, showing me things and giving me advice.  Austin was a little older than me and was already married with kids. ...

This Was The (Craziest) But Best Decision We Ever Made

As part of the launch of Courage is Calling, I wrote this piece for Inc.  All of my biggest mistakes in business have been things my wife warned against. So you might be surprised to learn that the idea to drop our life savings into a small-town book store shortly after our second child was born actually came from her — not from the writer in the...

How the Pandemic Changed Me as a Parent

Quick exciting news: I just found out that my new book, Courage is Calling, debuted on the New York Times bestseller. Thank you to everyone who supported it. If you haven’t already picked up your copy, you can still get signed copies and a bunch of cool bonuses over in the Daily Stoic store.  This piece was originally published in USA TODAY. In September,...

15 Ways To Overcome The Fear That’s Killing Your Potential

We’re afraid. We know what we want to do, what we could do, what we should do.  It’s an idea for a new business. It’s dropping out of college. It’s telling someone how we feel. It’s trying something radically different.  But something gets in the way. The voice in our head. The voice of others inside our head. People tell us that our idea is crazy,...

This Little Decision Changed The Course of My Career

In the summer of 2019, my wife and I took our two sons for a hike in the Lost Pines Forest in Bastrop, Texas. It was a Saturday or a Sunday. I had a bunch of articles to write, but I put it aside and decided to spend some time outside with the kids in the shade of the prehistoric loblolly forest about thirty minutes from our house.  It was a lovely...

Life Happens in Public. Get Used to It.

This piece is excerpted from my forthcoming book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors The Brave. Part 1 of the book is about the forces that stand between you and doing what you want, can, and should. It’s about the battle we all fight—the battle against fear. Because real greatness is impossible if we don’t win that battle, if we don’t learn how to...

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