Kevin Rogers On Embracing Your Creative DNA And Practicing With Purpose

Whether you’re new to the copywriting industry or have been in the game for years, there are certain names that stand out. Kevin Rogers is one of them. Comedian, podcaster, radio host and freelancing mentor, Rogers is known as the Copy Chief.

Stoic Athenaeum caught up with Rogers on some of his latest projects, the copywriting lessons he learned from his former life as a stand-up and his writing philosophy.

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Transcending The Ego And Calming The Monkey Mind With Graham McDowell

Walking the line between psychology and philosophy is an interesting road to travel. People who walk the path have a tendency to be hunting for life’s most burning questions and in Graham McDowell I see a fellow traveller.

A psychotherapist and mindfulness coach, McDowell is the creator of The Monkey Mind programme and specialises in treatment of anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders.

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Stoic Parenting, Transcendence And Being A Citizen Of The World With Brittany Polat

What does it mean to be a good parent in the philosophical sense? What does it mean to transcend in the way that Viktor Frankl envisioned after surviving the Holocaust? How can you learn to care wisely as the ancient Stoics intended?

These disparate questions have a common thread. Brittany Polat. An author, PhD holder and mental health advocate, Brittany has amazing insight into Stoic philosophy and it was wonderful to chat to her about how to build a path to eudaimonia (flourishing).

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Michael Tremblay On Epictetus And The Stoic Joy Of Exercise

In the school of Stoicism, the three most famous figures are usually cited as the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus. While Marcus and Seneca climbed to the summit of Roman society, Epictetus came from a world of slaves and unknowns and turned Stoicism into a way of life for himself and his students.

There’s a lot of great information out there on Epictetus and Michael Tremblay is keen to add to the conversation. In this interview, Michael dives into looking at Epictetus through a new lens, the joys of Stoic exercise and tackling how to be a philosophical consultant.

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The Dichotomy Of Mental Health And Graphic Design With Caitlin McEvoy

Graphic design, like all forms of creativity, is a subjective experience viewed through multiple perspectives. For Caitlin McEvoy, it’s a source of positive mental health, therapy and an opportunity to flex her creative muscles.

Stoic Athenaeum spoke to Caitlin about her freelance experiences, the nature of creativity and mental health and her personal philosophy.

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Mel Lee-Smith On The Balancing Act Of Writing And Mental Health

Freelancing is an industry of perspectives. The story of every freelancer is unique and each person brings something new to the conversation. Hearing these unique stories and sharing the wisdom and philosophy of freelance creativity is a big part of Stoic Athenaeum and it was wonderful to speak to Mel Lee-Smith about her experiences.

A freelance copywriter, Mel speaks openly about her battles with mental health, her approach to freelance writing and why output doesn’t determine your worth as a person. 

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Embracing The Philosophy Of Photography With Jason Lock

Being a freelance creative has a lot in common with philosophy. Both straddle the line between the tangible and the intangible, both have varying degrees of value based on the perception of different people and both invite a lot of questions.

‘Why am I doing this? Do you think this could work? How are you going to make money?’ These are all common questions freelance creatives have been and will be asked until the end of time and celebrating the journeys of freelancers is a big part of Stoic Athenaeum.

Manchester based freelance photographer Jason Lock has spent plenty of time honing his craft in the freelancing wilderness and I recently spoke to him about his experiences.

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How To Thrive In The World Of B2B Copywriting With Michael Metcalf

Copywriting is the endurance sport of the marketing world. It requires discipline, a thick skin, occasional bouts of creativity and an open mind. And when you’re in it as a freelance copywriter endurance becomes even more important.

Fortunately, copywriters are a friendly bunch and are happy to share the tricks of the trade. Michael Metcalf is a UK-based freelance writer who made his bones in the B2B technology and eCommerce spaces across his brand Chroma Copy and content agency Expert Machine.

Michael was kind enough to share his copywriting experiences on Stoic Athenaeum. We chat binning off difficult clients, how to know your worth as a copywriter and using philosophy to become a better writer.

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Constantine Sandis On The Psychology Of Philosophy And Wittgenstenian Ethics

The lines between philosophy and psychology are always blurring, with many psychological practices having their origins in ancient philosophical work. Reconciling both disciplines is an ongoing process and Constantine Sandis has devoted his life to connecting these two worlds together.

Academic and author, Sandis has published a wide range of books and in this interview he talks about how philosophy helped him cope with cancer, the influence of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and more.

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Exploring Accidental Philosophy And The Motion Of Travel Writing With Eric Weiner

Everyone comes to philosophy in different ways. For famous thinkers like Thoreau and Montaigne it was by accident and author Eric Weiner fell into the same role of an accidental philosopher over the course of his life.

A best-selling New York Times author of books like The Geography Of Bliss and The Socrates Express, Weiner talks about his work as a journalist, grumpy philosophers he has a lot in common and more on Stoic Athenaeum.

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