THIS Is Stoicism | Ryan Holiday | “Amor Fati” How to Thrive When Failing

Ryan Holiday tells the story of Thomas Edison’s factory burning down as an example of “amor fati.” Much of stoicism revolves around the idea of accepting and loving the things that we don’t control in our lives and in this, Edison is an example.

This is the third video in a series of clips from Ryan Holiday’s talk at The Next Web. The answer to the question “What is stoicism?” is that it is a philosophy of perception (objective judgment), action (doing what is right), and will (having the will to internalize these lessons).

Daily Stoic is a community built around the teachings of Stoicism. If you’re wondering “What does Stoicism mean?”, “Who was Marcus Aurelius?”, “How to be a stoic?” or “How to practice stoicism in daily life?” check out the Daily Stoic:

Stoicism is a practical philosophy, meaning it doesn’t concern itself with complicated theories about the world, but with helping us overcome destructive emotions and act on what can be acted upon. It’s built for action, not endless debate. The main thinkers that the Daily Stoic focuses on in stoicism are Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca.


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Ryan Holiday has influenced the modern stoicism movement greatly. His books are read by modern stoicism’s practitioners like Tim Ferriss, Robert Greene, Gary Vee, Andrew Kirby, and others.

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