The Way of Wisdom: Stoic Philosophy for Modern People
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20+ videos on Stoicism for everyday use: how to be reasonable, productive and wise. Join and make yourself better.
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Created by Mark Marchenko
Last updated 8/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Make rational decisions based on logics and experience
  • Solve questions related to career, money management, study and personal life like a Philosopher, more to that - like a Stoic
  • Understand your emotions and gain control over them
  • Acquire core values that differs a Philosopher from an ordinary man
  • Become a good man - in a way stoics mean it
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  • The course is self-explanatory so no previous knowledge is needed. You just need a device to stream audio/video and be eager to learn

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I admire Stoics' attitude: always being calm, cold-minded and patient.

More to that, Stoic Philosophy teaches us how to be wise. The practical wisdom we are going to discuss allows you to develop a right mindset, be reasonable and make right decisions. To live like a true Philosopher.

This is not your ordinary course on self-improvement or productivity. This is a workshop on how to become a Philosopher. It will guide you but it is YOU who do the work.

The course will help you to understand:

  • What does it mean to be a Philosopher
  • The ways to acquire wisdom that will help you in your career, study and personal life
  • Core values you need to become a good and wise man
  • Stoic way to treat money
  • People and how to pick the right ones to be your friends
  • How you can reevaluate life and do not worry about death

What makes you a good teacher?

  • First of all: passion for the topic. Like ancient stoics I believe that being a Philosopher and a good man leads to success
  • 5+ years of professional experience in instructional design, teaching, applied psychology and talent development
  • Majoring in linguistics and culturology, I am always searching for ways to use moral philosophy in everyday life

Who is this class for?

  • People who want to make rational decisions
  • People who want to control their emotions
  • People who want to become wise and, well, good!
  • People who are ready to put efforts to educate and improve themselves
  • For YOU. Background, place of birth, age - it doesn't matter. If you are still reading, then the course will guide you for the best, I sincerely believe that.

With you more wise, effective and happy the world will become a bit better, don't you think?

Who is the target audience?
  • People who are motivated to improve the way they make decisions...
  • ... and who want to make our world a better place starting from themselves
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Being a Philosopher
3 Lectures 13:36

Questions addressed in the lecture:

  • What characterises a modern philosopher
  • Facts about Philosophy as a science
  • Stoic vision of the subject
  • Our main goal
Preview 05:17

We are going to:

  • Discuss advantages of stoic approach
  • Introduce three most well-known stoic philosophers
  • Speak on at least five reasons why stoic ideas really work

Why Stoics are Unique

Here we are making a brief overview of the course's structure for you to have better understanding of what topics are going to be addressed.

Please, remember: I continue to improve the course so once you are in don't forget to check in for updates and more material!

What you are going to achieve
Core Values
5 Lectures 28:42
A Good Man

Should money be considered to be something of value? Yes.

Should money be considered to be something of a great value? In this lecture we will get to the answer on this.

Real Treasure

Here we discuss Honesty as one of the main qualities and values a good man can have.

Surprisingly enough Honesty can have different meanings: first is well-known and second is not obvious, but even more important. We will talk about both in order to understand why there is wisdom in being honest.


Equanimity is one of the most attractive and perhaps handy for everyday life qualities. We are going to learn more about it and and understand:

  • Why you could be willing to acquire equanimity
  • Two essential truths understanding of which grants a person with Equanimity

Unlike previous one, modesty is very underrated by modern people. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake, and we are going to reveal hidden opportunities and advantages modesty (or humbleness) can provide you with.

3 Lectures 14:21

As we are approaching such a complicated topic (and I am sure everyone already has his/her own opinion on that) we will first take a study case - situation that can happen with anyone. Later on we will inspect it and make a conclusion.

Study Case

Now we are going to:

  • Discuss the case
  • Target the main problem the person from the case has
  • See for ourselves how stoic approach could help us overcome it
Paradox of Wealth

In conclusion it is necessary to make our own assumptions based on what we already know and proceed with a strategy of managing tangible assets, or just money, we have.

I am going to propose a list of to-do's based for your review and considerations, and you sure could fix it and create one of your own.

Wisdom of Saving and Earning
Work and Leisure
5 Lectures 25:17

Two concepts we are going to discuss here: what does it mean to work hard? What does it mean to work smart?

And, of course: what should we do (and how should we work) to achieve better results?

Working Hard or Working Smart

This is a unique lecture where we will discuss only one yet very important habbit (or even you can call it "skill"): getting up earlier.

Questions to be discussed are: why we should do it and how we could do it.

Getting Up. Early.

Here we will discuss stoic opinion on leisure. Among questions addressed there are:

  • How much time and energy should you spend on leisure
  • Which way of having fun is rational and good for your goals
  • Where to get the ideas for a positive ways to spend you after-work time
Rest in Peace... But Wait!

Procrastination: an ugly word for an ugly thing. We will talk on:

  • What procrastination is, exactly
  • How to spot it
  • What could we do in order to not lose our precious time on that
  • Is there a way to benefit from procrastination when we can't avoid it (no one's perfect...)
On Procrastination

It is time to revise what we've learned about work and leisure so far.

And for a couple of beautiful quotes that could become your motto for the day.

Preview 02:27
4 Lectures 19:51

Let us talk about people.

Two sides of a coin: negative and, well, inevitable. We are going to talk about reasonable decision on how to treat people around us.

Preview 08:59

What is a stoic way to choose the right people and how we could do it on practice. Philosophical approach that can be mastered by you.

The Right Choice

Here I propose to make a little comparative research of our own. We take a well-known proverb and compare it to a slightly similar one once pronounced by Seneca. But there is a major difference that changes everything. Now you will know.

Proverb. Revised

Finally we are talking about You!

Questions addressed:

  • What people would like to see in you
  • Stoic way to be a good friend and partner
3 Lectures 14:49
Harsh Reality

Fear of Death

Life of a Stoic
Minimalism (to be continued...)
1 Lecture 01:21
On Simplicity of Life
Further Learnings
1 Lecture 00:59
Reading Material (updated on a regular basis)
About the Instructor
Mark Marchenko
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Instructional Designer and Talent Development specialist

I am a young professional and first of all - tireless learner, living in constant motion and aspiration to improve people's life experience. I am a Philosopher not only because I actually study philosophy, logics and rational thinking - but also because I am inspired by the way its principles help us to transform our life.

My motto probably will be the one said by Seneca: "Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power" and my main quality and advantage happens to be natural curiosity as this is where all wonderful things start.


I received my higher degree in Moscow State University named after Sholokhov, in 2005, majoring in Linguistics, Instructional Design and Applied Psychology. After that I continued my post-graduate education paying my attention to comparative linguistics, culturology and moral philosophy.

Professional Experience:

I was honoured to have an opportunity to be a Lecturer in my alma mater University, designing and teaching courses on Linguistics and History of English language.

The second part of my professional experience is working in top international consulting companies as a Talent Development and Recruitment specialist, helping people to find their places in professional world and discover the best way to develop their expertise.

I am also an aspiring writer and to improve my writing in english I write for my blog on Medium (see 'links' section), that is an addition to my source for writers, Writepls.