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A Practical Philosophy Reading List: A Few Books You Can Actually Use in Real Life

You must know by now: I don’t believe that philosophy is something for the classroom. It’s something that helps you with life. It shouldn’t be complicated. It shouldn’t be confusing. It should be clear, and it should be usable. As Epicurus put it, “Vain is the word of the philosopher which does not heal the suffering of man.” Some of the best philosophers...

100 (Short) Rules for a Better Life

In his essay On the Happy Life, Seneca makes an extended list of rules for living a good life. Because it is everyone’s wish to live better, he says, but we are often in the dark on how to do so. Except, we’re not…since so many people have struggled in the dark before us and their experiences create light. With that in mind, here are 100 rules that...

Fight to Be Who Philosophy Wants You to Be

Like all of us, there was a part of Marcus Aurelius that wanted to be good and a part that inclined towards something worse. He had ideals, he had a temper. He had ambitions—some of which were selfless and some of which were selfish. He made commitments—as a father, a spouse, a leader—and then he also had urges and drives as a human being. There was...

How to Read More: 8 Reasons and 7 Strategies to Read More Books

I probably get asked this question more than any other: How do you read so much? I don’t think the question is really about me. I’m an author. It’s my job to read a lot. I think what people are really asking is how they can read more. Because as wonderful as reading is, in a busy, distracting world, it’s hard to find the time. Or rather, it’s hard...

Now Is the Time to Have a Civic Backbone

Things are bad.  Or at least, things are strange. A pandemic, impeachments, riots, murder hornets, earthquakes, fires, record-setting unemployment, a contested election, whales swallowing kayakers. And that’s just what’s happened in the news. In your own life, your parents are acting weird. Your neighbor believes in conspiracy theories, and your...

If You Only Read a Few Books in 2021, Read These

It was a rough year. All of us were tested. Many of us failed. Those failures were big and small. 2020 made some of us callous. It infected others with conspiracy theories. Others gave into apathy and chaos, losing all sense of routine and structure. Some of us spent hours watching Netflix. Others far too many hours glued to the news and twitter....

From America’s Oldest Veteran, Here Are 9 Lessons On Living

This article was originally published in February 2017. Richard Overton passed away on December 27th, 2018 at age 112. R.I.P. Richard Overton is the oldest living veteran in the United States. 110 years old. He was drafted at age 36 in 1942 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He fought in the Pacific—Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima—in World...

The Secret to Better Habits in 2021

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to obliterate your habits.  When you’re locked in your house, working from home, when your routine is disrupted, when everything that’s happening in the world seems to be negative, it’s easy to say screw it. Or, it’s easy to tell yourself—as I wrote about recently—that you’ll get back on track when things go back...

The (Very) Best Books I Read in 2020

We are doing a 2021 New Year New You Challenge. Please join us! Man. What a year.  There’s not much you can say about 2020 that doesn’t include some curse words, but I will say this: It provided plenty of time for reading. It provided plenty of things that needed to be read about—from leadership to pandemics to civil rights to elections—this was one...

There Is No Such Thing as Normal— So Stop Waiting for It

We’ve heard it.  We’ve said it. When things go back to normal. I found myself thinking that this very morning as I took my sons for our morning walk. How much longer is it going to go on like this? It’s understandable of course. This all feels very strange. A pandemic that has disrupted our lives. Everything seems so polarized. The election is still...

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