Work on the YOU: Free Course on Stoic Training

Article announcing Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2017 with details of live webinar sessions, etc.


Enrolment is now open for the Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) 2017 online course.  This is a free eLearning course, which Donald Robertson has been running once or twice each year for Modern Stoicism since 2014.  You can access the preliminary area now and the four weeks of the course will officially begin on Sunday 16th July, when enrolment will close.  This year over 500 people enrolled within the first 48 hours after it was announced on social media.  Around 650 people are now enrolled and we anticipate that will have increased to nearly 1,000 by the course start date.

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In the first year, over 500 people took part in SMRT and data was collected from participants, using the Stoic Attitudes and Behaviours Scale (SABS) and a battery of validated outcome measures of the kind used in research on CBT and positive psychology.  You can download a PDF of our report here showing the findings in detail: SMRT_Report_2014

The writings of Seneca!

CSInvesting: Though this philosophy takes active practice, you might find developing the ability to control your thoughts and reactions to what you encounter in daily life helpful–especially in dealing with Mr. Market. Below is a schema of Stoicism (Click on diagram, then enlarge through your browser to read text).

Learning from Grants:

Why “smart” people do dumb things.   Rational thought.

5 responses to “Work on the YOU: Free Course on Stoic Training

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  2. See video describing Stoic Training by the instructor

  3. I’m wondering whether or not putting so much emphasis on visualizing negative outcomes will in some way increase the likelyhood of them occurring, by programming your subconscious to work towards those outcomes.

  4. I think if you take a free course (see the links) and read Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, you will be able to separate what you can and cannot control.

    I find the principle to be helpful in investing. Take for example Sandstorm gold (SAND) or $SSL.TO in Toronto Exchange. The company is a royalty company in precious metals/copper. Use worst case–gold sub $900, full write-off of major asset, conservative assumptions–I couldn’t see a price below $3.00 to $3.50 for SAND. I am not hoping or even expecting ALL bad outcomes manifesting themselves at once for a worst case scenario, but IF the worst appears, I have downside protection. If bad things do not happen, then a lot of upside. I can’t control the price of gold or difficulties in production at various assets, but I do have probabilities to work with and I can choose to pay a certain price.

    The value is in being mentally prepared to focus on what YOU can control and be virtuous (live in accordance to nature–being rational, doing your civic duties, treating people with respect, be an example to others, etc. )

    Hope that helps. Stoicism is simply a living philosophy. You do have to make choices–easier said than done.

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