Being Better: Stoicism For A World Worth Living In Review: A Moving, Inspirational Read

Stoicism has touched the lives of many, and it continues to be shared across the world through podcasts, videos, comics and literature. The philosophy has been transformative in the lives of Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos, the authors of Being Better: Stoicism For A World Worth Living In. 

Through examining the lives and examples of people like Marcus Aurelius, Zeno and Sphaerus, Whiting and Konstantakos provide insight into how Stoicism can be interpreted today and why it’s more relevant than ever before.

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Ego Is The Enemy Review: A Book For Challenging Expectations And Shifting Mindsets

“Here we are at the top of a mountain we worked hard to climb – or at least the summit is in sight. Now we face new temptations and problems. We breathe thinner air in an unforgiving environment. Why is success so ephemeral? Ego shortens it. 

Whether a collapse is dramatic or a slow erosion, it’s always possible and often unnecessary. We stop learning, we stop listening, and we lose our grasp on what matters. We become victims of ourselves and the competition. Sobriety, open-mindedness, organisation, and purpose – these are the great stabilisers. They balance out the ego and pride that comes with achievement and recognition.” 

This is one such passage from Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is The Enemy, a book that details all the pitfalls and dangers of believing in our own bullshit and thinking we have everything figured out. Packed full of real-world examples of people who fought against their ego and who let it consume them, Ego Is The Enemy is a fantastic book to read.

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The Stoic Guide To A Happy Life Review: Reinterpreting Epictetus And The Introduction Of Stoicism 2.0

In the arena of philosophy, practices are always evolving and being updated. Stoicism is no different and through the centuries, the original ideas laid out by Zeno of Citium were adapted and changed by later Stoics like Cleanthes, Chrysippus and Epictetus. 

Epictetus in particular is of note for his focus on the dichotomy of control and his teachings in The Enchiridion have influenced countless generations.

A modern Stoic who’s been influenced by Epitectetus is Massimo Pigliucci and in his book The Stoic Guide To A Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons For Living, Pigliucci reinterprets The Enchiridion for a modern audience and introduces his own take on how Stoicism should be updated. 

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Copywriting Is Review: An Irreverent Love-Letter To The Weird And Wonderful World Of Content Marketing

The realm of digital marketing is a place packed with wonderful contradictions. Creatives are constantly collaborating, bickering, vibing and sniping at each other in the relentless pursuit of developing award-worthy advertising campaigns. And among all that rabble and noise, copywriters are an important cog in the wheel to keep the marketing machine running smoothly.

But the life of a copywriter is also one of conflict, magic, bullshit, profundity and a stubbornness to get words onto a page no matter what. I’ve experienced any number of these factors during my own career as a copywriter and I’d wager it’s something that many other writers have experienced. 

So, discovering Andrew Boulton’s Copywriting Is: 30-or-so thoughts on thinking like a copywriter was a joy, as it’s a book that was written for copywriters and perfectly captures the beautiful absurdity of the profession.

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How To Think Like A Roman Emperor Review: A Book That Showcases The Power Of Stoicism In A Modern Context

The philosophy of Stoicism has changed the lives of many people, from ancient practitioners like Epictetus, to modern day Stoics like Ryan Holiday, who have shared it with new generations. 

Another modern Stoic who’s made a name for himself is psychotherapist Donald Robertson and one of his most well-known books is How To Think Like A Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy Of Marcus Aurelius.  

In the book, Robertson dives deep into the practices that Marcus Aurelius embodied in his everyday life and brings it into a modern context. The end result is a book that will surely continue to inspire readers for decades to come.

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Lives Of The Stoics Review: A Gripping Introduction To Stoicism And Building A Routine For Self-Improvement

Throughout history, philosophy has been a guiding force for people all over the world, shaping opinions and crafting ideologies. The same can be said for Stoicism, a school of philosophy that can be traced back to Ancient Greece and started with Zeno of Citium.

Thousands of years later, Stoicism continues to play a role in the way people live their lives and learn from the lessons that stoics like Zeno and Marcus Aurelius preached. These lessons are captured in great detail by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman in Lives Of The Stoics. 

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The Storm Review: Ethereal, Impressive And Deeply Touching

Disasters, natural or otherwise, can strike at any time. They can be devastating and completely change the lives of everyone they touch and force them to pivot in a new direction. Some people are able to rise to the challenge, others are swept away and others simply go on existing. 

The process of how people deal with disasters are unique to them and The Storm by Akeem Balogun puts this concept to the test. In a sprawling collection that spans thirteen short stories, Balogun examines themes of loneliness, self-deception, mental health and adversity to stunning effect.

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Life Is In The Transitions: Mastering Change At Any Age Review: Turning Self-Transformation Into Your Superpower

Transitions are a natural part of life. They are transformative moments that make us reevaluate the path we’re walking and move in a new direction for better or worse. Transitions connect people from across the world, young, old, poor, rich, and 2020 has been a year where many of us have had to adapt to changing circumstances. 

Bruce Feiler’s Life Is In The Transitions: Mastering Change At Any Age is a timely book that delves into the process of reframing your life story and coming out stronger. From sharing the personal tales of 225 people from across America, to explaining transition superpowers and kryptonite, this book reveals some great insight into personal development.

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Sense Of Wonder Review: A Love Letter To Fandom And The Mental Health Benefits Of Comics

I love comics. It’s a passion that has built over the years and become a part of my everyday routine. Whether it’s reading comics, writing about superheroes, or looking forward to a new Marvel film, comics are a powerful source of positivity for me. In a mental health context, comics can infuse wonder and excitement into the mundane, which is part of why I enjoy reading them so much.

Comics massively influenced the life of the late great Bill Schelly. A comic book historian, biographer and long-time lover of fandom, Schelley passed away in September 2019. But his legacy lives on in the pages of his autobiography, Sense of Wonder: My Life In Comic Fandom – The Whole Story.

In his book, Schelley dives into the magic of comics and how they helped to keep him going through times of hardship. From coming out as gay, to tirelessly self-publishing content until he made it as a successful author, Sense of Wonder is the story of a man who never gave up on his dreams. Continue reading “Sense Of Wonder Review: A Love Letter To Fandom And The Mental Health Benefits Of Comics”

The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson: Here Be Monsters

What would you define as weird fiction? Supernatural creatures? Occult happenings in the dead of night? In the realm of weird fiction nothing is off limits. The genre has been popularised by writing greats such as H.P Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Machen. A name that deserves to be mentioned alongside them is William Hope Hodgson, an author who blended the bizarre with the banal.

The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson feature ten short stories that delve into the horror of the unknown. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Readers with weak constitutions take heed. Here be monsters. Continue reading “The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson: Here Be Monsters”