You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

This is a crucial moment.  You will be judged by how you conduct yourself over the next few months.  As for philosophy, you want to talk the talk, but have you really internalized the messages of the philosophers?  We discuss shipwrecks in the ancient world, some lessons from the movie The Edge, and the crucial importance of maintaining a rigorous, disciplined schedule.  More than ever before, you have to be self-starter.  Your time is now.  You will not fail, because we will not permit you to fail.

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Captain Adolf Von Schell On Leadership And Composure In Adversity (Podcast)

Captain Adolf Von Schell was an infantry officer in the German Army during the First World War.  In 1930 he gave a series of lectures on battle leadership to American officers at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia.  These presentations were later collected into a book called Battle Leadership.  In this podcast, I read a short selection from Capt. Von Schell’s book, and discuss its relevance for today.

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The Complete Lecture Series On “Stoic Paradoxes” And “On Moral Ends”

In 2015 and 2018, I made a series of podcasts discussing Cicero’s Stoic Paradoxes and On Moral Ends.  In response to continuing interest and questions, I thought it would be useful to provide all the links to these lectures in one place.  Having all of them consolidated can be a real convenience, and I want to do everything I can to assist students and general readers.  The most benefit can be gained from these podcasts if listeners also have the texts of my translations of these works.

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Having Too Many Choices, And Falling Into Ruts (Podcast)

A reader has some questions about some possible choices in his life.  We comment on this, and talk about: (1) how having too many choices can inhibit progress; (2) why you should focus on internals, and not externals; (3) why character and determination are all-important; and (4) how you need to shock yourself out of the self-imposed ruts you can very easily slip into.

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“Why Do I Feel Regret?” (Podcast)

A reader asks why he feels pangs of regret for not yet being married and having a family.  I respond by explaining that (1) everyone’s path is different; (2) if you really wanted to do it, you would do it; (3) the real reason for your regret is a deeper one, and lies elsewhere, and (4) you should focus on being the best version of yourself you can be, by holding yourself accountable every single day.

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Getting Your Mind Right (Podcast)

Are you holding yourself accountable every day by living a good life, a productive life?  Are your actions congruent with your words? We talk about that slime bag mentality, how it holds you back, and how those little voices in your head can lead you down the path of vices.  There are no shortcuts, no days off, no letups.  You need to be putting in work, and not retreating one inch.  Ever.

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