Caregiving is a full-time job. One that impacts the mental health of the care provider as much as the person who is being cared for. Finding ways to develop a self-care practice for yourself is essential, especially in the mental health field as Paul Wilson will tell you.
A mental health practitioner and volunteer at Stoicare, Wilson shares great insight into the state of the mental health system in the UK and how Stoicism can be applied for caregivers.
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The digital marketing world is always changing. New digital agencies pop up and shut down just as quickly and it may be tempting to think that you can ride out uncertainty alone as an agency founder.
Having a support system, a set of values or philosophy that inspires you to be part of a wider community is the way forward. Building a digital agency community is one of Daniel De La Cruz’ favourite things to do and his personal philosophy is something I can get on board with.
It was a pleasure to chat to Dan about his digital agency experience, the joys of falling into a philosophical rabbit hole, the discipline of boxing and more.
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There are lots of great copywriters in the world and the beauty of the industry is that each has their own voice, unique style and way of doing things.
Learning from other copywriters is a fun exercise for me and it was awesome to interview Justin Blackman, who is pretty fly for a write guy.
Blackman has made a name for himself with voice guides and his scientific approach to copywriting. In this interview, we chat about the crossovers between science and creativity in copywriting, distinguishing yourself as more than a freelancer and the many flavours of voice.
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Stoicism is sexy. All you need to do is look at the huge rise in Stoic content that people are consuming and that’s been popularised by the likes of Ryan Holiday and other authors who’re bringing the philosophy down to earth.
It’s little wonder a philosophy that has been described as austere and confused with being emotionless has found its sex appeal. I’m all for keeping this momentum going and making Stoicism more accessible to younger generations.
Donald Robertson’s Verissimus graphic novel could be a perfect Stoic entry point for Gen Z readers and younger. Focusing on the life of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Verissimus is a sweeping epic of man putting his philosophy into action and has great relevance today.
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Philosophy is sexy. At least in my opinion. Ancient philosophers were the rockstars of their time and wisdom was being dropped with the passion of rappers like Eminem and Jay Z.
Today, the topic can be associated with academia but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are others on a mission to make philosophy sexy and Anya Leonard is a fellow traveller.
The founder of Classical Wisdom and an author, Anya runs regular events that make philosophy accessible, fun and down to earth. In this interview we get into the ideal philosophers to invite to a dinner party, good mental health practices and so much more!
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Time is the most valuable currency we have. It’s also the one we trade away the most and spend on things that can turn out to be the opposite of what we wanted.
Time management is a universal concept and in this interview I’m joined by Steve Watson, a UK-based time management coach and the founder of 27andahalf.
An author and creator of the Time Mastery Pyramid, Steve has plenty of insight into how to spend time wisely and it was great to discuss themes of ambition, boundaries, productivity and more.
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The shadow of the Roman politician Seneca looms large in Stoic philosophy. His work is among the most well-preserved and quoted Stoic texts throughout history, and countless generations have been influenced by his insights into the human condition.
Perhaps this is best seen in The Letters to Lucilius, where Seneca discusses universal themes with his friend. While the letters contain timeless wisdom, Seneca’s ideas are spread across hundreds of pages, and distilling them down could seem like an intimidating task to some.
Not for David Fideler.
In Breakfast With Seneca: A Stoic Guide To The Art Of Living, Fideler has provided a wonderful overview of Seneca’s ideas, and here are my ten biggest takeaways from the book.
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I was in my last year of university when The Wolf Of Wall Street came out and I saw Leonardo DiCaprio scream to his sales teams “there is no nobility in poverty. I have been a rich man and I have been poor man and I choose rich every fucking time!”
DiCaprio is my favourite actor and sometimes I forgot I wasn’t watching him. I was watching a character who lied, cheated and stole his way to ill-gotten money and justified his actions however he could.
I knew the Jordan Belfort of the film was an unsavoury asshole. But a part of me was still captivated by what he was saying and what he was selling. The idea that things make us happy: money, wealth, big houses, fast cars.
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There is profound wisdom to be found in philosophy. Little tricks and tips for adjusting to uncertainty and adapting to the highs and lows of life. The ancient Stoics were centuries ahead of their time in shining a light on the human condition and Musonius Rufus is a great example.
While not as well known as his student Epictetus or his contemporary Seneca, Musonius has plenty of wisdom to share across the centuries. There are several timeless lessons from him you can put into practice in your own life.
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Mental health is an important topic for me, especially male mental health. Breaking down the stigma of men having to grit their teeth and not show emotion is a cause shared by many and Andy Hall is doing his part through public speaking, mentoring and more.
I met Andy at a public speaking workshop and he inspired me to get up and speak about my mental health experiences and why philosophy has been a priceless discovery.
From there, I wanted to hear more about his story and in this interview we discuss being open about mental health, the transformative effects of Stoicism and how to grow old disgracefully.
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