Newly expanded and annotated, The Book of Self Mastery is a thoughtfully curated collection of passages from the wisest thinkers in history on the discipline of mastering yourself.

With so much chaos in our outer world, it can be all too easy for us to neglect our inner world. But it is this inner world which holds the keys to our peace and flourishing. The great philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers have all argued that happiness is found, not in building the perfect life, but in fortifying and mastering the vehicle through which we traverse it. This collection contains many lifetimes worth of wisdom from brilliant teachers of the art of living, like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, The Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and many more. It also features findings and insights from modern spiritual teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. And it now includes astute commentary based on a deep understanding of the thinkers and ideas presented. In this book, you will:
  • Gain insights from Stoic philosopher Seneca on overcoming anger
  • Find guidance from the Buddha on letting go of unhelpful attachments
  • Learn from Robert Greene why continual discomfort is necessary for growth
  • Hear how Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced challenges and change
  • Reflect on living an authentic life with Steve Jobs
  • Hear what Confucius believed constituted the superior being
  • Find direction on sculpting and overcoming yourself from Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and bad moods from Dr. David Burns
  • And hear how to use difficulties in our lives as opportunities to grow from the Dalai Lama
This simple book of quotes can serve as a daily reminder to focus on mastering yourself before trying to master the world. By studying these teachings, you’ll find tranquility, inspiration, and wisdom on a life well-lived.