“The ultimate mental fitness program” (David Heinemeier Hansson, coauthor of Rework), The Stoic Challenge teaches us how to respond to the challenges of our increasingly unpredictable age.
In this practical, refreshingly optimistic guide, philosopher William B. Irvine explains how centuries-old wisdom can help us better cope with everything from the everyday stresses of modern living to its significant crises. The Stoic Challenge uniquely combines insights from ancient Stoics like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus with techniques discovered by contemporary psychological research, such as anchoring and framing. The result is Irvine’s surprisingly simple, updated “Stoic test strategy,” which teaches us how to dramatically alter our emotional response to life’s stumbling blocks. Not only can we overcome these obstacles?we can benefit from them, too.
Curiosity / Irony
Stoic philosophy is nothing new to me. With that said, I’m not a very good Stoic. I was slightly disappointed with the first two chapters because I expected the book to be more difficult to read and therefore more intellectually stimulating. The author’s simplistic style of writing grew on me as I read and I eventually started reconsidering my stance on the book. I had initially dismissed the book as “garbage,” yet concluded that I would drag myself through it’s pages because it would be irrational to judge the book by it’s first two chapters, and aside from that, it would be a waste of twenty-six hard earned dollars if I didn’t at least attempt to get something out of it.
So I read it.
I’ll be damned, I got something out of it. Everyone can get something out of this book. I’d recommend it to anyone with any kind of problem. It’s a self help book with a basis in Stoic philosophy written by a seemingly studied and well-read individual.
All skepticism aside, buy it for yourself. Buy it for a loved one. Someone will get something out of it.
If you can read this book is for you…
If you can’t extract how-to out of the first few pages… you must live in a particularly bad level of Dante’s inferno
Not worth 21$
No real advice on HOW just why.