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The Stoic Mindset

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This was a very helpful book. There are a lot of things one could learn that you can implement in your everyday life. I would recommend this for those that want to truly make a change in their life.

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The Stoic Mindset by Mark Tuitert is a clever ten-step guide to reaching your peak potential through the wisdom of Stoic philosophy by entrepreneur and Olympic champion speed skater Mark Tuitert.
An insightful read on how to live the Ten Principles of Stoicism.
I found this to be very motivational, honest and encouraging.
A thought-provoking book.

Thank You NetGalley and St. Martin's Essentials for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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I found this one more personal in regards to the writing and example use in contrast focusing on stoic use. It was more limited to one aspect of his life and not generalized if I'm honest.

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THE STOIC MINDSET by Mark Tuitert is a grounded introduction to Stoicism and a motivating, intelligent guide to putting ancient wisdom to work in our overwrought current world. I have long been interested in the Stoic philosophy and discovered several of its principles the hard way. With this clear, well-written, and wonderfully illustrated guide, we have accessible, straightforward principles by which to live our most successful, productive lives -- and yes, likely much happier ones although happiness is not the goal. This book might be the very thing a graduate or struggling loved one might appreciate as they embark upon new ventures. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.

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A ten-step guide to reaching your peak potential through the wisdom of Stoic philosophy by entrepreneur and Olympic champion speed skater Mark Tuitert.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I didn’t find it helpful to read this book but I thought it was very interesting. I didn’t know anything about Stoicism but I learned a lot. I didn’t do the exercises that are included in this book but I still thought this book was very informative. I probably would have got more out of this book if I had taken the time to do the exercises but I don’t think it’s necessary to do the exercises.

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The Stoic Mindset: Living the Ten Principles of Stoicism by Mark Tuitert breathes life into the ancient philosophy through personal anecdotes from his Olympic sports career. This book makes Stoicism relatable and inspiring for readers of all backgrounds. Prepare to be motivated to embrace a more Stoic lifestyle with this captivating and insightful read.

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I've always admired athletes and their grit. Through their failures and successes they remain steadfast to the sport they love. I found this book very interesting and educational. As a people watcher, I loved getting a peek into his life.

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Mark Tuitert takes ten principle of stoic philosophy and shows how he’s embraced them in his everyday life and while he was competing as an Olympic speed skater.

The chapters include: use setbacks as signposts, judge less/understand more, win by not focusing on winning, what’s good for the team is good for you, accept your fate (and love it,) death makes life epic, happiness is a side effect, a map is good/a compass is better,character is your most important project, and actions speak louder than words. At the start of each chapter, the corresponding quote from the Stoic philosopher is included so the reader can see the original text as well as the modern interpretation.

Tuitert shares brief anecdotes about Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus and information on how they lived a Stoic lifestyle. However, with Tuitert’s own tales and examples, exercises, and practice principles, the book focuses on the application of the ten tenets to modern life.

While the book includes a brief introduction, it lacks a conclusion, ending with a couple of pages for notes and an outline for an implementation plan after the tenth chapter.

Each chapter has a special page with text on the topic of stoicism in practice and exercises to practice the principles. Unfortunately, on an ereader the text on these pages is tiny and difficult to read, particularly for someone with vision issues. I was unable to make the text larger using the app on my tablet, but not on my ereader. I expect the issue will be resolved in the final ebook version and the text may be larger in the physical book.

I really liked the palatable manner in which Tuitert breaks down each principle and shares how it helped him with challenges related to his time during and after he was a professional speed skater.

I recommend this book for anyone curious about Stoic philosophy or who is seeks a change in mindset.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Essentials, an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group, for providing an Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley.

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This book offered a great review not only of stoic principles, but their real world application. Stoicism is, by virtue of its foundations, an everyday practice (particularly Epictetus' rendition of it), and Tuitert demonstrates an easier-to-follow roadmap thereof for those who are less inclined to read the likes of Seneca, Epictetus, and Aurelius directly. Furthermore, the book has a great visual component that complements the material and makes it more accessible to a variety of learning styles. It is also written in plain language that makes it easy to understand. The formatting and chapter development helped to articulate the overarching themes and ideas throughout the book. Sometimes with books about principles like this one, chapters can be arranged in a scattered way where you can read whichever one you want and it doesn't impact the overall quality of the knowledge you get from it. Sequential necessity doesn't apply in this read, but the chapters flow cumulatively if you wish to read it in order. I'd highly recommend this book to athletes and/or corporate athletes who require a mindset conducive to endurance and developing resilience. I greatly appreciate applicable tools in a book as well, and The Stoic Mindset does not disappoint. Whether you read the first chapter or later chapters, there are easy-to-apply takeaways that will begin helping you the day you read them. Highly recommend this book!

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The author provides a great outline and introduction to stoicism.

Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, for the eARC.

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This was a great brief outline of Stoicism and it made me want to study it more. I struggled a bit with how the book was combining both his personal history as an Olympic athlete and stoicism without going far in depth on either one. I'd prefer that it focused more on one or the other, maybe making the book a bit longer. I enjoyed what it was, but will probably go and look more into Stoicism now, but a good intro.

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I quite enjoyed this book. As a lover of philosophy, it was quite nice to read theories, themes and quotes while also having them apply to the author's journey. For me the book was very much relatable although the author and I had two entirely different career paths, the overall message resonated across many career paths. I really liked that there were practice exercises after each chapter. I also really like how the titles for each chapter and the visuals used for each. This book was a great walk back into stoicism and its core practices. It included the thoughts of many of the greats and breaks it down so that the layman can understand. It is a great introduction to philosophy. for those who are just getting started or those who have issues assimilating or understanding philosophy in general or just what is stoicism. Half my class didn't understand philosophy. or the different schools of philosophy. Many of them struggled to full grasps the concepts and teachings of Stoicism and found the work of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus difficult to assimilate. This book would have been the perfect book for them to clearly understand it all. This book is a great read and great tool to help readers use the practices of stoicism to help actualize their own dreams and propel them on the journey to achieving those dreams through setting goals, planning and action.

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I try to practice stoic life as much as possible. This book is a short one but packs a punch. All the greats that I think about have displayed stoicism at some point of life - Rumi, Steve Jobs. Recently I was talkign to someone and they wondered about my calm public attitude. I wanted to list a few of the amor fati, thinking about our mortality once in a while. If you wanted to start on adopting stoicism, it is a good list of ten principles to follow .This book was a good reminder of some of the thought processes that make me a stoic. My biggest takeaways - reconsider judgements - meet success and failure the same way. The book has extended how to be a stoic athlete, student and leader. Wishing you good luck in overcoming the adversities of life with a calm and prepared mind.

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I've always liked Stoicism because I think it's practical. This is a great introduction to the philosophy. The outlook is very modern and has examples from the author's own life, including his experience in the Olympics.
This is a short book, but it's good for people thinking about making changes in their lives. Every section ends with an exercise that helps you find perspective. And Stoicism isn't just practical -- character is important, and he says you're either living a good life or a bad life.
Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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This short book by an Olympic speed skater uses examples from their professional career to discuss th 10 main principles of ancient Greek philosophy.

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My thanks to both NetGalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of this memoir and self-improvement guide using the works of ancient philosophers to deal with a world that is increasingly getting stranger, regressive, and soul-draining.

My father has a degree in psychology with minors in both theology and philosophy. So most of my knowledge of philosophy came from losing numerous arguments with him. There was always a quote, comment on thinking, a bit of scripture, even some Irishism, of one of the many comedy albums he loved that kept my brother and myself on our toes during our teen years. I was not much for philosophy, Seneca could be Sanka, and I knew of Spinoza because I had was a fan of P. G. Wodehouse, and the Incomparable Jeeves was a devotee. Later as my reading expanded I found as Boethius wrote a consolation in philosophy, that many of these ideas still might help a mind deal with an increasing cluttered, messy and even dying world. The Stoic Mindset: Living the Ten Principles of Stoicism by Olympic Gold winner and entrepreneur Mark Tuitert is a part memoir, part self-improvement handbook, and primer on the ancient thought of stoicism, and how it might help in a world where emotion seems to be the deciding factor in many things.

The book begins with Tuitert discussing his Olympic dreams and how his first two attempts to even attend the Games were denied. In Tuitert's first attempt over training got in his way, his health suffered, and Tuitert had to watch from home. Tuitert's second attempt was more to mistakes than anything else. During this time period Tuitert began to study about training, about changing his mind and mindset, and this brought him to the teachings of the stoics. Also Tuitert's parents divorced, and even as an older person Tuitert still had to deal with the emotions and anger that always happens in these situations. Stoicism helped him deal with this, reuniting Tuitert with his father, after years of anger, and later helping him deal with the death of his mother. The book offers action plans, examples and history for readers to try to get close to the idea of eudaimonia, a well-lived life.

This is a slim book, but serves as a good introduction to the ideas of stoicism, and the lives of Seneca, not Sanka, and Epictetus. The examples are good, as are many of the ideas in the action plan. Tuitert covers the basics well, and by his example gives hope that maybe people who are stuck emotionally and mentally can find some consolation and encouragement to get out of their rut. This is also a memoir, so there is much about the Olympics and speed skating, which makes one wish for more suggestions and ideas, but what is presented is helpful, and well written. A very good start for people, with suggestions that could start one on a better path and future.

Recommended for people interested in old ways of dealing with new problems. Also for those who find the rage, the wanting of liberal tears and the sheer inability of people to hide their fear and emotions not only exhausting, but confusing. Stoicism shows what a person can control, oneself, one's actions, and one's virtues, and to let others be as crazy as they want to be. A lot of helpful suggestions for this modern world.

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The Stoic Mindset by Mark Tuitert is a good introduction to stoicism. If you're looking for a deeper study of stoicism, you might not find it here, as this book focuses more on Tuitert's past career as an Olympic figure skater and how he has applied the principles of stoicism to his life. However, it is an interesting account of how he has applied these principles in his own life.
This galley version did not have an ending, so I would like to see a wrap-up/summary chapter in the final published book.
I was happy to have received a galley of this book as a pre-reader!

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Mark Tuitert's "The Stoic Mindset" offers a compelling and practical guide to incorporating Stoic philosophy into everyday life. As an Olympic champion speed skater and successful entrepreneur, Tuitert draws on twenty years of experience applying Stoic principles to achieve success in various aspects of his life. In this internationally-bestselling book, he distills the wisdom of Stoicism into ten actionable lessons, providing readers with a roadmap to develop a Stoic mindset.

Tuitert skillfully bridges the gap between ancient Stoic teachings, including those of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus, and the challenges of the twenty-first century. The book empowers readers to embrace Stoicism as a tool for personal development, offering practical applications that are easy to understand and implement.

The ten principles outlined in the book serve as a roadmap for cultivating a Stoic mindset. Tuitert's ability to break down complex philosophical concepts into actionable steps makes this guide accessible to readers at any level of familiarity with Stoicism. Each chapter concludes with an action item, providing readers with concrete steps to apply the principles in their own lives.

The strength of "The Stoic Mindset" lies in its applicability to diverse situations. Tuitert's writing style is clear and engaging, making it easy for readers to connect with the teachings of Stoicism and see how they can be relevant in their own chaotic and unpredictable lives. The book serves as a valuable resource for those seeking fulfillment and focus in a world that often feels overwhelming.

While the book successfully introduces readers to Stoic philosophy and its practical applications, it might benefit from more in-depth exploration of certain concepts for readers who wish to delve deeper into Stoicism. Additionally, some readers might appreciate more anecdotes or personal stories from Tuitert's experiences to further illustrate the impact of Stoicism on his life.

In summary, "The Stoic Mindset" is a commendable guide that distills the wisdom of Stoic philosophy into practical principles. Mark Tuitert's personal journey adds authenticity to the teachings, making the book accessible and relevant for readers aspiring to unlock their peak potential. With its actionable steps and thoughtful insights, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in integrating Stoicism into their daily lives.

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The Stoic Mindset by Mark Tuitert

Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin Press, St. Martin Essential, and Mark Tuitert for providing an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

This review expresses my own personal opinion. I have not been asked to post it by the author, the publishing companies or anyone connected with the book or author.

The main focus of this book, by its title, is Stoicism, an ancient philosophy that originated around 300 B.C. in Greece and migrated to Rome. At its core, which the author seeks to get to, is how can one live well? What are the practical utilities that we can apply to our everyday life? Life as the Stoics saw and lived it, is full of challenges, adversity, sadness, death, opportunities, etc. These happenings of life, the Stoics knew we have no control over, and if that was the case, how could one face the ups and downs of life in a way that would lead to a calmer mindset, to be clear about one’s position in the Universe? Tuitert wants to share with us some of the answers he found and how he applies the learnings to his own personal life.

Mark Tuitert is a former Dutch speed skater who won the gold medal at the 150m at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Prior to reaching this goal, Tuitert shares with us his journey to discovering stoicism, the ups and plenty of downs along the way. Since his Olympic win, Tuitert went on to dig deeper into the stoic philosophy writing this book, starting businesses, lecturing, following his entrepreneurial dreams. Imbedded in all his endeavors is his ten principles that the author says can help us live a more stoic life, a life lived with practical utility, one that is lived well. To do this we must, as the stoics believed, be more thoughtful, more deliberate, must learn to think more clearly, to control our emotions, that as Marcus Aurelius, the stoic Roman emperor, said, be in control of our reasoned choices.

The ten principles are:

1. Use Setbacks As Signpost
2. Judge Less, Understand More
3. Win By Not Focusing on Winning
4. What’s Good For The Team Is Good For You
5. Accept Your Fate (And Love It)
6. Death Makes Life Epic
7. Happiness Is A Side Effect
8. A Map is Good, A Compass is Better
9. Character Is Your Most Important Project
10. Actions Speak Louder Than Words

With each principle, he gives personal examples, homework exercises, and colorful graphics. I wish he would have elaborated more on the assignments and provided a little more depth to application of the principle, this would have been more helpful to those new to stoicism.

In sum, this is no Rah! Rah! book, with fluff and philosophy. It is a practical walk with someone who is sharing his own learnings and growth by trying to live a more stoic life. Tuitert gets it. He understands that life is constantly living and he believes that by applying the teachings of stoicism, one can make life what you want it, that your journey through life can be easier and more rewarding if you apply the teachings of Cato, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and others.

The writing is well done, easy to read and understand. He distills the 10 principles so that if you are new to stoicism, you will not be scared off or overwhelmed, and if you have been a traveler of stoicism for some time, you will find some helpful nuggets to use in your journey.

I rate this book 4 stars for Tuitert delivers on the goal to share his personal life’s journey in stoicism and how you too can benefit from this timeless philosophy.

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It's a useful book. So you shouldn't just read it, but also practice the ideas in your work and life.

Thanks NetGalley and the author for an ARC!

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