Stephen has worked for over three decades in publishing as a bookseller, publisher and literary agent. He received a Master's degree at Harvard Divinity School, while also studying at Harvard's philosophy department. Stephen is also the co-author of The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living, along with Ryan Holiday.
As a lifelong student of stoicism, he finds the philosophy especially helpful to sharpen his perspective.
I always use Stoic practices to help increase focus by clarifying my thinking, by considering what’s of real value and proper purpose is in each situation, and by trying to reduce fears (or false hopes - the Stoics saw them as the flip side of the same problem) whenever possible.
Fears and hopes from past experiences or concerning future events are not in our control and paralyze us in the present moment, keeping us from engaging the choices and actions that are ours alone to make.