Stoic Challenge Day 7

Five (or more) role models and the characteristics that make them worthy of admiration and emulation


There are many writes that I admire but I below are my favourites:

  • Stephen King (Fantasy/Horror)
  • Isaac Asimov (Science Fiction)
  • Seth Godin

Although I definitely love and admire all of there writing the thing I found most admirable is there dedication and and consistency. I believe all three are huge advocates of writing every day. I have read in their autobiographies that both Stephen King and Isaac Asimov wrote every morning usually starting early and finishing around midday. Seth GodinĀ  has written many times, on his daily blog, about writing everyday.

Like Charlie Engle mentioned below Stephen King has discussed his issues with drink and drugs and as has Charlie Engle has now been a long time sober. Sobriety and will power is an very admiral quality.


I could certainly mention the likes of Richard Branson and Steve Job who are of course hugely impressive and have undoubtedly changed the world but my list for role models would be:

  • Matt Mullenweg (Automattic CEO owner of WordPress)
  • Joel Spolsky (Founder of Fog Creek Software and creator of Trello)
  • Gerald Ratner (Previously head of Ratners Jewellers)
  • Michael Acton Smith (Moshi Monsters and the Calm App)


As I have become interested in running and I have read a few books by people who are normally not traditional athletes but show amazing dedication to training, taking part and completing their races. The stories are nearly always as much as a mental challenge as a physical:

  • Charlie Engle
  • Vasos Alexander

I am sure there are many others but I have not got round to reading their books yet!

Other inspiration

  • Ant Middleton

Characteristics I admire

  • Sobriety
  • Focus
  • Consistency
  • Doing the hard thing
  • Bounce-back-ability (it’s a thing!)
  • Dealing with failure
  • Focus on physical and mental health

The Power of Everyday

The power of everyday is an interesting theory.

In writing many of my favourites have regularly spoken about how important their daily habit of writing is, including:

All of the above have other things in common as well they are prolific in their quality and their output as well as being see in as experts in their fields.

Of course there are many areas that would benefit from then’everyday approach. Doing many things everyday certainly has its challenges (and its rewards!) The Miracle Morning tries to address this by getting 6 important items in just one hour (but you need to be up early).

There is also much written about exercising daily and the Run Streak has also become very popular.

Of course there are those who have written against the everyday theory including:

Why not to blog everyday

for my purposes I am looking to do more of the following and the everyday theory may help me

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