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"The negative actually gives us information, the positive never gives us information"
Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control is the second book in Ryan's 4-book series on The Stoic Virtues, and this book "draws on the stories of historical figures we can emulate as pillars of self-discipline, including Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II, boxer Floyd Patterson, Marcus Aurelius and writer Toni Morrison"*
Additional Topics Include:
- Book Soup owner's 3 keys to owning a bookshop. (04:27)
- Bookstores have been immune from the profit motive. (10:37)
- The social caste system in America. (13:22)
- "Freedom is the opportunity for self-discipline" (21:04)
- Jimmy Carter's moral dilemma: "Did you always do your best?" (26:57)
- "The negative actually gives us information, the positive never gives us information" (31:53)
- The Cynics vs the Stoics (41:18)
- The psychology of managing your goals through difficult public reactions. (58:38)
- Queen Elizabeth's magnanimous restraint (70:05)
Editor’s note: Topic times don’t account for sponsor ads and may appear a few minutes later in the episode on your podcast player)
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