Stoic Coffee Break

Welcome to the Stoic Coffee Break Podcast!


I’m excited to announce the launch of the Stoic Coffee House, a community built around the teachings of stoicism and the Stoic Coffee Break podcast.

I’m so excited to turn our one-way conversation into a lively discussion about ideas that have changed my life. I know that these ideas are powerful, but the real power comes from the people who decide to embrace personal responsibility for themselves, and communal responsibility for the societies that they live in. Come help us turn the Stoic Coffee House into a global movement that can help bring more good to the world through reason, compassion, and service.

You can read more about The House, click here if your ready to join, or if you’re already a member, you can sign in here.

I’ve also opened the Stoic Coffee Shop where you can pick up some awesome looking shirts and hoodies with some of my favorite quotes and of course the Stoic Coffee Break logo. Look good while supporting your favorite podcast. 😉


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Thanks for stopping in!

— Erick Cloward

Amor Fati, Amor Coffee!

Listen to more episodes:

  • 212 – Friction
    “Anxieties can only come from your internal judgement.” — Marcus Aurelius We all have things in our lives that seems to stop us from completing things that we really want to do. Often, these things aren’t even all that big but end up being show stoppers nonetheless. Today I want to talk about why it’s important to pay attention to the things that get in your way, and some possible ways to get around them.
  • 211 – Toxic Positivity
    “To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.” ― Seneca Life is never meant to be kittens and rainbows. A good portion of our life is going to sadness, disappointment, and failure. In this episode, I want to talk about how being too positive can actually be bad for you.
  • 209 – Privilege
    “One cannot pursue one’s own highest good without at the same time necessarily promoting the good of others.” — Epictetus What kind of privileges have you had in your life? Do you recognize the advantages that you have enjoyed? In this episode I want to talk about privilege, and how the stoics encourage us to use the privileges we have to improve society.
  • 208 – Radical Candor
    “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” – Marcus Aurelius Are you afraid to tell others what you really think or how you really feel? In this episode I want to talk about the idea of radical candor, and how committing to being honest about what you think and feel is one of the most challenging but rewarding things you can do.
  • 207 – Resistance
    Don’t demand or expect that events happen as you would wish them to. Accept events as they actually happen. That way peace is possible.  — Epictetus What if you stopped resisting what life brought your way? What if you could cheerfully accept everything that came your way? How would that change the way you showed up in the world? This week I want to talk about the importance of dealing with what is, and not what we think it should be.