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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Stoic Strong: Become Mentally Unconquerable With The Ancient Philosophy Of Stoicism by Marc Wolf is a really great book. I had heard of stoicism originally from Tim Ferriss’ book, The Four Hour Work Week. Looking into it a little further, I discovered a book by Epictetus. I found that many of the principles resonated with me and I believe I adopted some of them, but Wolf’s book is much clearer in its direction. Marc Wolf gives a step-by-step process for adopting stoicism. I think I will work through the book and enhance my own stoicism.
What I love about stoicism is that you can be calm, cool, and collected. No matter what happens to you, you make the best of it and don’t get upset. It drives people who are trying to provoke you crazy, because stoics cannot be provoked. You control your emotions. You control your thoughts. You control yourself, no matter what happens. Stoicism is a lot like frugality, but not just for money. You would be frugal with your time and other resources. It is a serious lifestyle in a way because of the absence of frivolity, but at the same time it is low pressure because all you have to do is be a good person.
Ultimately you are supposed to find a purpose, and this has always been difficult for me. I am good at many things and interested in even more, and therefore always think one of them is my purpose, but when I try to make a living out of any of these interests the result is less than spectacular. Maybe I will figure it out yet. Stoic Strong: Become Mentally Unconquerable With The Ancient Philosophy Of Stoicism is well organized and well written, and enjoyable to read. Kudos to Marc Wolf.