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u/thekarateguy · 90 pointsr/AskMen

> I think a large part of why I'm so unhappy with myself is that I'm so deprived of physical... intimacy. <-- Ive never used them, but have heard good things about them.

> It seems like every week you read a new study on how loneliness has highly negative effects on mental and physical health, and it's not something I have control over

Stop reading this shit. You are using it to reinforce your victim complex.

> I can't remember the last time I talked to a girl outside my job.

This is entirely your own fault. Go sign up for a cooking class. Or join a book club. Or go on a wine tour. Or do anything that gets you off the fucking internet.

> I don't see how I could possibly not feel undesirable given my circumstances.

Once again, this is entirely your own fault. The good news is that since YOU are the problem, YOU can also be the solution as soon as you get your head out of your ass.

> Also, I do 99% of my complaining on the internet, because I know it makes me look bad but I also need something to do with those thoughts aside from let them swim around in my head all day

You're so full of shit. That is only part of why you do your complaining on the internet. The real reason is because you feed on the doting of strangers.

I dont hate you, kid. In fact I used to be a lot like you. So I can say with confidence that you are being a total bitch. And the longer you act like a total bitch the longer you will be a total bitch and be seen as a total bitch by others. You are your own worst enemy.

Read these:

u/2ndHandMeatStore · 14 pointsr/GetMotivated

If you can afford it, please do yourself a favor and buy a copy, I got this one from amazon for $1 (with prime), $1! It is always in my bag with me.

u/sixzappa · 13 pointsr/argentina
  1. Botella térmica para tener todo el tiempo agua fría en el escritorio (no hace falta aclarar los beneficios de tomar agua en vez de gaseosas): (esta se pasa un poquito pero hay algunas por $10)

  2. Un buen libro que te cambie la vida:
u/Jooceyjooce · 10 pointsr/steroids

The audiobook is on youtube, but I dislike audiobooks greatly.

u/Respubliko · 10 pointsr/GetMotivated

Meditations is 112 pages, at least, according to Amazon. It depends on your reading speed.

u/ImRasputin · 6 pointsr/asktrp

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations

Also add him as historical figure, man was as close to stoic as you can be.

u/audiyon · 5 pointsr/quotes

Meditations is probably his most famous work. I think it's a collection of various works of his throughout his life.

u/RishFush · 4 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Nerves of steel come from confidence and being above fear. Confidence comes from practice and competition. Being above fear comes from a lifestyle of conquering fears.

If you want to be more comfortable on the street, figure out exactly what you're afraid of and get better at it. Are you afraid he's going to hit you? Learn boxing or muay thai or bjj. Are you afraid he's going to yell at you? Learn debate skills.

My dad was a firefighter for a decade. His dad trained WW2 bomber pilots. I asked my dad how he kept calm on intense calls. He said he would rely on his training and took every problem as it came. You have no idea what the scene is going to look like on your way there, but you can trust that you're the best prepared one there, so everyone's depending on you to take charge and lead. Planning ahead is very important, but more important is staying in the moment.

Meditation works out that muscle. Staying in the moment is a muscle in your brain that you have to work out. What fear and anxiety is is you living outside of the moment. Fear is you trying to bring the past into the present. Anxiety is you trying to predict the future. Live in the moment and take shit as it comes. The more you can do that, the more you can relax into chaotic situations with confidence. Just do your best and know that that's all anyone can do in life. We can only do our best.

Another thing is your mindset for life. Always do your best. Always give your fullest. Figure out your core values and live to them every day of your life. If you can say every day that you did your fucking best, then you are going to be able to say "I am ready to die today" and you won't walk around terrified of death. Death is the root fear of all the fears. If you can conquer the fear of death, you will be very strong.


There's a lot more to this, I'm just kind of rambling off what comes to mind before I go to work. But this will get you started. I wish you all the best and I hope I've helped some.

Some good resources are Shambhala, The Art of Learning, On Becoming a Leader, Better Under Pressure, Leading at the Edge, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and then this interview with Rickson Gracie (one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the Earth).

u/mnadon · 3 pointsr/bookporn

Meditations is an awesome read! The version on my pictures, though, is an old translation and kind of hard to follow. Dover Thrift offers a contemporary English translation that makes it orders of magnitude more understandable.

u/sun_tzuber · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

First and foremost, 48 Laws of Power. It will show you 100+ ways other people have tried and where they failed and succeeded. It's a great introduction. Get this first.

A lot for these are free on

Meditations - On being ethical and virtuous in a position of power.

33 strategies of war - A great companion to the 48 laws.

Art of war - Ancient Chinese text on war and power. All but covered in 48 laws.

Hagakure - Japanese text on war and power. All but covered in 48 laws.

On war - Military strategy from Napoleonic era. All but covered in 48 laws.

Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Amazing book.

Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger - Abstract thought models and logic patterns of highly successful people.

The Obstacle is the Way - Not labeled a book on power, more like thriving during struggle, which is important to a leader.

Machiavelli: The Prince - Pretty much the opposite of meditations. All but covered in 48 laws.

Also, here's a good TED talk on why power/civics is important to study:

If you've gone over these and want something more specialized, I can probably help.

Are you planning on taking us over with force or charm?

u/blitzkriegblue · 3 pointsr/Stoicism

I'm sorry about my ignorance, I'm new here. Is this book: Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)


u/ericxfresh · 3 pointsr/BettermentBookClub

off the top of my head:

Meditations, with The Inner Citadel as a reader

Letters from a Stoic

A Guide to the Good Life by Irvine

Do The Work by Pressfield as well as The War of Art by Pressfield

Managing Oneself by Ducker

Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl

What Predicts Divorce by Gottman

Nicomachean Ethics

Models by Manson seems to be popular on reddit

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Newport, as well

I'm currently reading Triumphs of Experience by Vaillant and find it insightful.

u/lllll-lllll-lllllv2 · 3 pointsr/AskMen

I read this (and others):

Meditate as well.

Personality isn't easy to change. Identify what you don't like about yourself, when you do it, why you do it, and then pay attention to yourself. Shut up when you're about to say something you don't want to say. Half the time you'll say it before you can stop yourself. Takes time.

That's what I did anyways.

u/El4mb · 3 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

You realize that almost two thousand years ago there was an emperor of Rome that was going through some of the same things that we do and has some wise words on a lot of subjects.

u/Hngry4Applz · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

You can get a paperback version of Meditations on Amazon for $1.78 right now.

u/quantum_dan · 2 pointsr/Stoicism

My preference is the Long version, just for the style (which somehow feels most appropriate for a Stoic philosopher-emperor to have written, at least to me). Be aware that the language is somewhat archaic; if you prefer a more modern-English version (which does paraphrase and summarize quite a bit), try Hays. But you can check out the Long online, so no risk in trying it. Online version.

There are several book versions available on Amazon. This one isn't the version I own, but I was satisfied with my copy of Enchiridion from the same publisher. (Note that, while an editorial review mentioned on the page refers to the Hays translation, the book preview shows the Long translation).

u/arpex · 2 pointsr/asktrp

Many monk mode books are available as audiobooks on YouTube, or PDF files through torrents.

It's actually great that you're on a low budget for monk mode. Living frugally is a great activity for building a sense of self-efficacy.

Absolute essentials may be:

A notebook to plan, journal, record exercise, etc.

One or two books that you refer back to often enough, or work through slowly (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius comes to mind:

Maybe some camping gear or other stuff that gets you into nature more often. Tent/sleeping bag/lantern/firemaking supplies.

Outside of that, you don't need anything, and tbh, it's monk mode.. monks don't need anything and that's part of the experience. Good luck man!

P.S. second u/Dr_D1amond on supplements

u/picofaraad · 2 pointsr/JoeRogan

Ok, two different categories of recs that arent exactly what you asked for but you might want to put on the radar:


  1. Superbly enjoyable stories of bad-assery: I love Alistair MacLean's (historical fiction) books. These two are my favorite. They are the alpha male equivalent of romance beach novels. They are excellent:
    South by Java Head:
    The Guns of Navarone:

  2. Marcus Aurelius's Meditations is the single book I would take with me to an island. It reads like a conversation with a friend. Not archaic, not heavy or overwrought, and yet gets to the essence of what it means to be a good man and live a good life. General Mattis used to carry this in combat. I suggest reading it bits at a time, in 20-30 minute sessions.


    Some quotes from #2 to give you a sense. Crazy this was just a roman emperor's diary 2000 years ago:


    “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love ...”

    “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

    “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

    “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

    “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
    “Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”
u/gastonnerval · 2 pointsr/Catholicism

So what you're saying is the book hasn't helped you as much as you hoped? :P

I don't know any books about that specifically, but I think Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling and Marcus Aurelius's Meditations have a lot of really good stuff in them. Kierkegaard's book is about the abstract life of faith, while Marcus Aurelius's is a more down-to-earth practical guide for day-to-day life-- if I didn't know he was a pagan I could almost swear he was a Christian (I think a lot of the Stoics became Christians in the first couple centuries).

u/Kubi74 · 2 pointsr/boardgames

Alright bro, I'm not gonna sugar coat it... so don't get offended as I am trying to help.

First grab the book meditations: it is ONE dollar,

Then subscribe to /r/howtonotgiveafuck

Stop letting stupid people ruin your day, people will be stupid, but that doesn't mean you should get upset. You can't control people being douchebags, but you can control how you react to it.

It doesn't matter who is wrong and who is right, what matters is that it is making you unhappy.... some of the situations you described above you were in the right, and others, maybe not so much... but it doesn't matter.

And lastly, sorry but I think you should find another girl, why do you let her treat you like that? I say this with love, please grow some balls. You don't need to convince anyone of anything, if your girlfriend doesn't believe you, it is not because you didn't explain yourself properly, it is because she doesn't respect you enough. I suggest the book "way of the superior man"

I think I answered most of your questions. To answer your last question, why do you even want to continue hanging out with these people, just find people you like and surround yourself with them.

Get reading! sounds like you are young and still have some time to form yourself into the man you can be!

u/Deradius · 2 pointsr/atheism

I infer that you are looking for a secular handle on a normative ethical theory.

Right Conduct: Theories and Application by Bayles and Henley provides a basic outline of essential philosophical thinking from an academic perspective.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, while authored by a Mormon, doesn't have any religious content that I recall and outlines some very useful heuristics for living a moral life. It's targeted at a general audience.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius does contain some religious content (though here he's not referring to YHWH), but still has a lot of useful ideas with secular application.

You may also be interested in The School of Life and The Greater Good Science Center.

Good luck.

u/fatangaboo · 2 pointsr/ECE

For design engineers whose job requires creativity

(Book 1)

(Book 2)

u/dont_forget_again · 1 pointr/Stoicism

If you really want a physical book there's a budget one on amazon.

I bought it when it was only $1 and now it's $1.78

u/BlueVapor · 1 pointr/pics

Hm, I bought this one just because it's the best seller.

I put the one you mentioned on a list for later if I decide to read it again. What makes the Hays' version better?

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/selfimprovement

This is wonderful thank you!

Highly recommended from my own bookshelves, in no particular order

u/haloshade · 1 pointr/LifeImprovement

I love reading biographies, I find them more inspiring and enjoyable to read than self-help books. Currently I'm reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. I highly recommend this book to anyone, prior to this book I only knew what they taught us in History class, this explores so many more aspect of his life, some of which we can all relate to (like his constant drive to improve himself).

[Meditations by Marcus Aurelius] ( is another great book I just finished. Written by a former Roman emperor who ruled during the time of frequent war, disease, and natural disasters, it's about how he dealt with it all as a leader by following the stoic philosophy. Amazing book and helped changed my outlook on the world.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This is one of those books that isn't geared to self-improvement, but to updating your view of the world. In it Taleb talks about how highly improbably events happen all the time, but we only see them as probable in hindsight. I think it's a great read since we tend to think in cause-and-effect ways, when in fact the world works more in a probabilistic way.

u/EdGG · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Seems like the body is great, but if you think your mind is lacking, you have to train that too! Mens sana in corpore sano, you know. I will like to support the idea of meditation; guided meditation is great, and it really helps you put things in perspective and create the self-awareness that you need to know where you stand. Also, I'll recommend you read Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. Seriously a good read, and it's cheap (or free online)

u/StateAardvark · 1 pointr/Sleepycabin

I'm not Jeff, but I've struggled with this as well. Some books that have helped me were Way of the Superior Man, 50th Law, and Meditations. They're worth a read.

u/BabaxGanoosh · 1 pointr/TheRedPill
  1. The Way Of Men.
    This book changed my life. Im sure anyone on this sub will recognize themselves and the situations Donovan writes about.

  2. Anything by Robert Greene.
    How to become powerful, seductive and master yourself.

  3. Meditations.
    This book helped me overcome my fear of death, which made me give less fucks. Because in the end, nothing matters.

    I dont have anymore than that at the moment, but i would suggest reading biographies of great men. Right now im reading Seven Pillars Of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence(of Arabia)s first hand account of the Arab uprising during the First World War
u/youresoclever · 1 pointr/Stoicism

hi! you commented a long time ago, but hopefully you have a dollar to spare (and a prime membership:

I found this copy of MA's meditations for a dollar.. and when I went to check out, my final bill came to $.33 after some discounts, and the fact I have amazon prime. Check it out and order this if you want to!

u/throw162534 · 1 pointr/asktrp

Local library might be worth checking out.

I prefer to buy paperbacks so I can fill up my bookcase. Girls are always impressed when they see it because it seems like nobody reads anymore.

**Off topic but Mediations by Aurelius is $1.00 right now. I picked it up last week because I was sick of reading it on my Galaxy.

u/Indrid_Cold8 · 1 pointr/hiphopheads

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius



u/shaansha · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Books regarding how to build your online business / extract value out of an email list come from people who collected their online offerings.

For example: Ryan Levesque "Ask" on how to build products through email lists are a compilation of user stories from what he's done online.

With that said if you're looking for general entrepreneurship books here are a few I would check out:

  • My Startup Life by Ben Casnocha. Ben started a company in his teens. Recently he wrote a book with Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn) called The Startup of You

  • Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck

  • The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

    The best books to read to get through the thick and thin however are not business books. For example, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is excellent
u/seanbennick · 1 pointr/ptsd

Try the ice cube trick if the anxiety ever hits and you have a drink handy. I just hold an ice cube in my left hand until it melts. Can still shake hands and everything but the ice cube seems to force my heart to slow down a bit. My best guess is that it triggers the Mammalian Diving Reflex and turns off whatever is derailing.

That trick came from a Viet Nam Vet, has been a huge help as time has gone on.

As for things sticking around, now that I'm well into my 40's the flashbacks and nightmares seem to have slowed to almost nothing - though they can still get triggered by trauma anniversary and other surprises. I have one trauma around a car accident so anytime the brakes squeal behind me I get to have a fun day.

Totally agree that basic Meditation is necessary to get through, can't see it ever being accepted in the public school system here in the US though - hell some places refuse to teach Evolution.

I also think that Philosophy has helped me cope some - Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius have been incredibly helpful reading to sort of adjust the way I see the world these days. I highly recommend the two following books:

u/Mr_Wyatt · 1 pointr/nba