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The Daily Stoic

Sometimes you experience a creator for the first time and you crave a firehose of their work be blasted into your face. I felt this way not only about Wright Thompson’s writing but his whole vibe. I first heard him on the No Laying Up podcast. Although, I had his book, “Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things that Last” on my reading list and was working my way through it as I listened to the episode.

I came across this episode of The Daily Stoic featuring a conversation between he and Ryan Holiday. I can only recall one other time that I immediately restarted a podcast episode after finishing. The second time required pen and paper. Here are my notes:

  • The Cost of These Dreams
  • Angels and Fuselage
  • “I almost feel like the ultimate ambition is to be really great at what you do and not be turned into a monster in the process.” – Ryan Holiday
  • “The whole point of success is that it is an asset to trade for something. – Wright Thompson
  • “There are very few chances in life where you are faced with a decision to prove whether you are the thing you say you are or if you are full of shit.” – Wright Thompson
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town

Tonight I’ll be on that hill ’cause I can’t stop
I’ll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town

  • “The real point of reading philosophy is to develop some sort of ethical muscle memory.” – Wright Thompson
  • What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now? by Richard Cramer
  • North Toward Home by Willy Morris
  • “Mirror, mirror on the wall, we turn out like daddy after all” – Paul Fregia, first director of the Tiger Woods Foundation in Wright Thompson’s Tiger Woods Article
  • The Jordan Harbinger Show
  • “We are ghosts or we are ancestors in our children’s lives. We either lay our mistakes and our burdens upon them, and we haunt them as ghosts. Or, we assist them in laying those old burdens down, and we free them from the chains of our own flawed behavior, and as ancestors, we walk alongside of them, assisting them to find their own way, and some sense of transcendence.” – Springsteen on Broadway
  • The Moviegoer
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