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Preview — The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?”
– Epictetus, Stoic philosopher
Where can you find joy? Gain strength? How should we face our fears? Deal with the death of a loved one? And what about those reoccurring depressing thoughts?
While traditional schooling doesn’t address such questions, it’s exactly what ancient schools of philosophy were...more
UPDATE 7/24/19: I have cut my criticisms of this book and changed my review rating from two to four stars. I did this because the author, Jonas Salzgeber, contacted me directly and discussed the ...more
In the age of the internet and growing technology, authors Jonas and Nils Salzgeber have brought the ancient philosophy of Stoicism to the modern age and have found a way to show readers how to adopt this philosophy to everyday life in their novel, “The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence and Calmness”. Here is the synopsis.
“How long are you going ...more
"So you went to school for twelve years, then college for four to ten more, and come out the other side realizing they didn't teach you dick about how to be alive. All you learned was math, and not even the useful tax evasion math. Well, good news. These four dead guys figured it out two millennia ago."
And from there, he rattles off the hits. Epictetus, Seneca, Musonius Rufus, and my long-time #MCM Marcus Aurelius. Here's why:
"When you ...more
I thought I was new to stoicism. Turns out, I’ve been studying it my entire life, unawares, thanks to the many thought leaders and masters I’ve read and followed. From Christ to Covey, the concepts underlying Stoicism have been right in the mix, all this time.
This book highlighted all of that for me, refreshing and introducing concepts and practices I could incorporate or reincorporate into my thinking and daily habits. This guide ...more
Jonas has made the theory so easy to grasp and yet he covered all the details we need to understand before practicing it in our real lives. The practical part of the book helps us to pay attention to and apply ...more
This book puts into words what I have been trying to practice and better myself in recent years. And I see a lot of teachings quite similar to what Buddhism has been preaching for all these years. The book does not only show you what stoicims is but also how to practice it. It's quite tough to learn how to control your reaction and thinking but being aware is already powerful and the great start to go.
Three key takeaways from the book:
1. We’re naturally evolved to approach what feels good and avoid what feels bad (think procrastination). This is our survival instinct and it is incredibly influencing. Said differently, what feels right to do is often not the right thing to do.
2. The author’s important stoic principles are to focus on what you can control, to accept reality as it is and to take responsibility for your life as it is ...more
But while there may be more scholarly tomes on Stoicism, this little gem covers all its aspects in a highly readable way. The quotes from Marcus Aurelius (a new hero of mine), Seneca and Epictetus that ...more
This books tell you something at the very beggining... nowadays we don't have to strive to survive anymore, we need to learn how to live. I agree at some level, but the thing is, many people need to fight for survival yet, thus many lessons (55 are in this book) could be detrimental for them.
I've chosen to follow only those lessons I want, and I'm okay with it. ...more
I'm self-reflective enough that it would have been better for me if I had listened to them or if I had read what they wrote.
On the other hand, many of the modern books about self-help and personal growth didn't offer enough depth in order for me to make true lifestyle and habit changes.
I love this book and it's helping me a lot.
I took away a lot from this book, so highly recommend it. The 4 star rating is because of some repetitions. The book could have been a little more concise. But I am glad I plough through it as there a few good points in the last pages.
Everything is as clear as crystal from messages to meaning, tying some to memorable, sticky, and precise metaphors I'm sure to never forget and as an amateur on the subject, I can only imagine the difficulty it took to gather and compose this life changing book, especially due to how digestible it is. Other reviews I've read ...more
His practical rather than academic writing style helps people with the most important step: to ...more