Erick Cloward | Passionate Stoic and ENEMY OF “WEIRD” AL
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Erick Cloward | Passionate Stoic and ENEMY OF “WEIRD” AL
December 1, 2021
Erick Cloward's passion is stoicism, which sounds like an oxymoron, and hosts the excellent “Stoic Coffee Break” podcast.
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
The world is crazy. We have a pandemic going on, there is unrest in the streets, and now it is no longer safe to go to a concert. But it’s about to get crazier, because the holidays are right around the corner. How does one cope with all this nuttiness? Drinking… no, wait, wrong answer! According to this episode’s guest, it is Stoicism.

Erick Cloward has had a lot of hats on his bare head: musician, EDM enthusiast, video game soundtrack scorer… oh, wait, I guess a lot of music, Ex-Mormon (he gave it up for Lent), and now he is a podcaster and, as he describes it, an accidental philosopher. Erick’s passion is stoicism, which sounds like an oxymoron, and hosts the excellent “Stoic Coffee Break” which I likely did not say properly on the show (at least that is what his fans have told me).

We talk about stoicism, what it is and how you can use it in your life. We also talk about crypto-currencies, which Erick has done very well with, thank you very much. We also talk about Erick’s Twitter feud with “Weird” Al Yankovich… which is just mind-boggling but a true story none-the-less. 

This episode’s sketch: “Avenger’s Stoic Action Plan”

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Several years ago, Erick heard Tim Ferris talk about A Guide To The Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine. Erick was intrigued by the contradiction of stoicism and joy. As a sucker for paradoxes, like most people, Erick only heard the term stoic used in referring to someone that was emotionless and cold, not anywhere near being joyful. The more Erick learned about what stoicism was really about, he began to see a worldview that was not devoid of emotion but a framework to test opinions against which give events and circumstance their proper weight. Being a stoic simply means that one chooses how things affect you, rather than being at the whim of life circumstances.

As a New Years resolution for 2018, Erick made a promise to put in the effort and just create a podcast; he began the whole thing as just a “practice” and created an audio journal about each day as a Stoic Journal. Pretty soon, Erick hit 10 days of recording something and posting it. He actually had people listening to it. Now the show enjoys over 1 million downloads and offers fantastic benefits to those that are members of the “Stoic Coffee Break” Patreon.

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