May 8, 2021 • 10M

Difference Between "Would" and "Could"

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be..."

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Jon Brooks
Modern practical breakdowns of the best ideas in ancient Stoicism
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In today’s Stoic Handbook podcast I discuss one of my favorite Stoic quotes:

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

– Marcus Aurelius

I’m really inspired by this quote, and it brings up a lot of ideas related to the cultivation of self-discipline and overcoming approval addiction.

As I explain in the lesson, I find the distinction between “would” vs. “could” to be both a reality check and a motivational device to help us pursue what is most meaningful.


There are currently three things in the works right now:

  1. Stoicism Anxiety Course in collaboration with Insight Timer

  2. 22 Best Stoicism Books Article

  3. Askesis: The Stoic Immersion Vortex (discussed at beginning of the episode)

Speak soon (fate permitting),