Stoic Innovator

When “someone is afraid of change” they should reflect on how absolutely nothing “can ever come to be without change”

– Marcus Aurelius, Mediations 7.18

Innovation is one of my biggest passions. But in my spare time I also like to meditate (Vipassana / Buddhism) and reading / learning about Stoic philosophers. 

In a new weekly series called Stoic Innovator, I will use (famous) quotes of stoic philosophers. I will translate these quotes to the daily routine of (corporate) innovators. Stoicism isn’t a dead philosophy. It’s alive and still applicable in our daily (innovative) lives.

Why Stoicism?

  1. Stoicism is the most practical philosophy there is: No blabla, just do
  2. Stoicism is open to other insights and keeps evolving: No dogma’s.
  3. Stoicism is all about continuous development & learning: Keep experimenting.
  4. Stoicism is all about embracing change: Keep innovating
  5. And Stoicism was founded by an entrepreneur/merchant Zeno.

If you want to learn more about stoicism I would really recommend: The Daily Stoic by @Ryan Holiday. It’s a great book, with a daily quote and explanation. It’s the inspiration for my Stoic Innovator series.


  • How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
  • The Modern Marcus: Stoic Meditations for the 21st Century 
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

The combination of Buddhism & Stoicism:

  • Stoicism & Western Buddhism: A Reflection on Two Philosophical Ways of Life
  • More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age

And the

Stoic Innovator is based on the beautiful book Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.

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