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Episode #68 - The Wednesday Podcast (21/03/18)

Stoicism has the potential to completely transform not only a person’s mental wellbeing but also their physical health. In this episode, Simon Drew asks the question “Has Stoicism positively impacted your physical health, and if so, how?”. He then shares some answers from fellow listeners. Enjoy this episode! To contact Simon Drew: Facebook:


Episode #67 - Practical Thoughts on Appreciating What You Have Now

It’s often the case that society will tell us to aim at one thing, while philosophy asks us to aim at another (often the opposite). We are told that we should want nicer things, things that we don’t currently have. We are told that we should never settle for having less than our neighbour has, and we are marketed to from every direction. Stoicism offers an antidote to this situation, and in this episode, Simon Drew shares some advice from Seneca about learning to appreciate what you...


#66 - Interview with Massimo Pigliucci

In this episode Simon Drew talks with Massimo Pigliucci about Stoicism, online debates, growing up in Rome, applying Stoic principles to modern life, and adapting the ancient philosophy to the 21st century. ABOUT THE GUEST: Massimo Pigliucci is a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. His research is concerned with philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience. He received a Doctorate in Genetics from the...


#65 - The Wednesday Podcast (14/03/18)

As we go through life our worldviews are challenged and moulded, and we hopefully become better people as a result, and that’s what this episode is all about: change. Simon Drew shares your answers to the question: How has Stoicism changed your past behaviours or worldviews? We had some really inspiring answers which will be extremely helpful for anyone who is interested in becoming a better Stoic. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook:...


#64 - On What We Should Prize

What is it that we should value most in our lives? What is most important, and what is insignificant? In this episode, Simon Drew shares some brilliant words from Marcus Aurelius regarding what it is that we should cherish most. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:


#63 - Interview with Roderic Yapp

In this episode, Simon Drew has a wide-ranging conversation with Roderic Yapp. About Rod: Roderic Yapp is a specialist leadership consultant and accredited coach. He supports major business transformations by improving the capability of leaders so that they can execute the transformation strategy. A former Royal Marines Officer, he was fortunate enough to lead Marines on operations around the world. Highlights include serving in Afghanistan in 2007, evacuating civilians from Libya during...


#62 - The Wednesday Podcast (07/03/18)

In this episode Simon Drew discusses ​your answers to the question: Which life challenges have turned out to be blessings, and why? As Stoics, it is our duty to make the most out of every challenge or setback in life, and so in this episode you’ll hear from some fellow listeners about how their trials were turned into triumphs. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:...


#61 - Be the Change

​One of the most empowering decisions that anyone can make is to take personal responsibility. The Stoics often taught that a person should try to change themselves before they try to change the world, and in this episode Simon Drew shares an example where one of his coaching clients did just that and saw amazing results. Become the change that you want to see. It’s simple, but it has amazing effects. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook:...


#60 - Interview with Donald Robertson

In this episode Simon Drew ​has a wide ranging conversation with Donald Robertson. About Donald Robertson: Donald Robertson is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and the use of CBT and clinical hypnotherapy. He is the author of many articles on philosophy and psychotherapy in professional journals, and most of you will know him from his books including “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, and “Stoicism and the...


#59 - The Wednesday Podcast (28/02/18)

In this episode Simon Drew ​shares your ​answers to the question: Which lifestyle choices or other philosophies align well with Stoicism in your life, and why? We really had some amazing answers, and this episode is sure to give you some new ideas for how you can diversify your portfolio of strategies and philosophies. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:


#58 - Caretake This Moment

​It’s becoming increasingly difficult to be mindful in each moment. With all of the notifications and tweets and messages constantly competing for our attention, it can seem like we are never just in one place at one time doing one thing. But this isn’t a new problem, and people like Epictetus spoke about our need to be more present just under 2000 years ago! So in this episode Simon Drew shares that advice, and suggests that we should all aim to become “caretakers” of each moment. To...


#57 - Interview with Gregory B. Sadler

In today’s episode Simon Drew interviews Gregory B. Sadler about philosophy, Stoicism, and anything inbetween. ​ABOUT GREG: Gregory B Sadler is the President and co-founder of ReasonIO. In his work he engages in public speaking, content production, consulting, philosophical counseling, and he provides 1-on-1 tutorials. All of these activities are geared towards making resources of classical and contemporary philosophy available and accessible to non-philosophers – or on other words, putting...


#56 - The Wednesday Podcast (21/02/18)

​This episode is all about relationships! Simon Drew shares your answers to the question “how has Stoicism improved your relationships?”. ​So if you’ve been looking for some tips for how to use Stoicism to make you a better lover or friend then this is your episode. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:


#55 - Some Practical Thoughts on Fear

​In this episode Simon Drew shares a mountain climbing experience and discusses some ideas about how Stoicism ​can help anyone to be more effective in situations where they feel vulnerable or scared. The ultimate goal of for us is inner tranquility and outer effectiveness, as Epictetus said, and Stoicism is the path to this goal. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:...


Episode #54 - Interview with William Ferraiolo

​In today’s episode Simon Drew interviews William Ferraiolo. William received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. Since that time, he has been teaching philosophy at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. His books include: Cynical Maxims and Marginalia, and Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure: Stoic Exercise for Mental Fitness. This is a wide-ranging conversation that will be extremely useful for anyone who is interested in learning more about...


#52 - The Value of Motivational Stimuli

​Sometimes the motivational and personal-development movement gets a bad wrap, and sometimes this is for good reason, but in this episode Simon Drew ​suggests that there is value in continuously exposing the mind to positive and motivating messages that will inspire courage, determination, and self-worth in the person who hears them. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:...


#51 - Interview with Ryan Holiday

In this interview Simon Drew talks with Ryan Holiday about Stoic rituals, habits, and life-hacks. If you’re new to Stoicism, or if you’re a seasoned Stoic then this interview will be ​both insightful and practical. Ryan Holiday is an ​American author, marketer, entrepreneur, and media strategist. Since dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under strategist Robert Greene (author of The 48 Laws of Power), Ryan has advised many New York Times bestselling authors and ​musicians. He...


​Episode #50 - ​The Wednesday Podcast (07/02/18)

​In this week’s Wednesday Podcast Simon Drew reads your answers to the question “how were you first introduced to Stoicism”. There are some really great answers from inspiring listeners, and there are also some great ideas for where you can find some added Stoic inspiration. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:


#49 - Seneca’s Recipe for True Friendship

​We all need reminders from time to time about what it truly means to be and to have a great friend. Friendship is one of the greatest joys of life, and in this episode Simon Drew shares some advice from Seneca regarding the art of friendship. To contact Simon Drew: Facebook: Facebook:


#48 - Mind Your Own Business

​We live in a time when it is easier than ever to become completely engrossed in what other people are doing and saying. We spend hours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram looking at where other people are, what they’re doing, who they’re with, and what they’re saying. But in comparison to this time that we spend living vicariously through other people, how much time do we spend minding our own business? In this episode Simon Drew shares some inspiring words from the Stoics to encourage...


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