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Testimonials

"Scott will open your eyes to a different way of doing work that matters. His generous, persistent, consistent belief in our ability to level up and contribute comes through. This is time well spent." Seth Godin, Author of Purple Cow and Creator of the altMBA

"Scott's take on the creative power of Stoicism is spot on, and I encourage everyone who reads this message to join his vibrant community." A. A. Long, Professor of Classics at Berkeley and Author of From Epicurus to Epictetus

Reviews of The Stoic Creative Handbook

"Stimulating, clear and brilliant. A new approach to creativity based on work and real self-knowledge." Giorgio Granato

"Scott Perry is a born teacher. His method focuses on helping students learn what excellence means for them. He forces his students to examine themselves and their goals and to forge their own path. He possesses deep grounding in philosophic traditions that emphasize a life of meaning and personal value over materialistic measures of success. In this book, though, as in his teaching, he does not overwhelm you with everything he knows. He gives you enough to connect you to a tradition so that you can start working in it from the start. His exercises at the end of each chapter provide the most value from this book. Through these exercises, you gain the self-knowledge that enables you to take responsibility for your learning. Like the best teachers, he works himself out of his job; by the time you finish working with him, you've become capable of understanding what you know, what you don't, and how to get where you want to be." Brett Zalkan

“As a performing musician, I am thrilled to discover Scott Perry's book. During my 50 year career, I have continuously sought to improve and enhance my performing and teaching. This handbook on Stoicism, more than any other tool, has shown me that gaining insight is useless without putting it into daily action. The book is a great personal reminder that I can not control the obstacles in my life and work, but that I can control the way I react to them, and use them to better myself. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to improve their outlook on daily life, but especially recommend it to performing and teaching musicians.” Wes McCune

“This book is a handbook, first and foremost, for those of us who deem ourselves creative. It sets out in an easily assimilable way a programme of guidance and exercises based firmly upon Stoic principles. It is not a self-help book to be put on your bookshelf and forgotten, it is more of a valuable daily reference work to be pulled out often and its guidelines and exercises followed. The exercises may be daunting for some but personal courage is one of the tenets of stoicism and the contents will help those who are confused or unsure about how to gain inner strength and dispel personal weakness. This book will help you achieve courage. It does not examine art in any of its forms neither does it examine the nature of creativity - all this is assumed to be understood by the reader. Not really for the casual reader I would say but rather an essential work for those who really do want to know how to challenge the realities of the ignorant, to offset the nonconstructive criticism of others, to wrong foot their assumptions and to see things in new ways, based upon the sayings of both ancient and modern Stoics. There are clearly and easily sourced reference links within the pages of this highly recommended book.” Kit Wells

“I found the Stoic Creative to be a terrific guide, chock full of common sense and wisdom. In his opening comments, the author had me hooked with the promise of transformation (in exchange for committing and doing the work). In his early chapters, he talked about the importance of having an accountability partner - someone with whom I would be honest when reporting on goals and work accomplished. This proved to be a very effective tool in helping me to meet goals.

I particularly appreciated the chapter on fear. When I am pushing myself to innovate, to step out of my comfort zone and into something new – the fear can bring me to my knees. I loved this book's techniques for managing fear: don’t run and hide – acknowledge it, accept it, and then tell it, 'I have to get back to work now.' Pretty good advice.

Finally, I loved the idea of the Stoic Sage – an aspirational figure for the Stoics - “one who was wise and a citizen of the world…who experiences natural emotions and desires but is not enslaved by them. The sage loves others and loves fate…Through all life’s vicissitudes, the Sage remains unperturbed, tranquil, and joyful.” Emily Barrosse

“This is a great book especially if you want to get an introduction to a Stoic approach. To be honest, I'm a novice to this philosophy and Scott has gotten me hooked with his combination of teaching and prompting - it's the perfect combination to a creative approach. Thanks, Scott - this is a must read - more importantly must act kind of change your life book. The timing was perfect for me as well!” Lisa Guida


Coaching Clients

“Scott is a gifted leader and insightful coach. When he speaks, you listen. He is adept at moderating groups and knows exactly which questions to ask those of us who might hold back in group settings. His follow-up with connections, students, and group members is second to none. He holds you accountable to your goals and always pushes you to dig deeper, listen to your inner guide and pursue your dreams.” Mindi Rosser, B2B Social Business Strategist & Programs Manager

"I met Scott Perry on my journey toward retirement. With his wisdom and guidance, I realized that creativity is not restricted to youth; that I can not control aging but I can control how I view it; and that the obstacles in my life can actually become my path to being truly human and truly happy.” Wes McCune, Concert Pianist

“Scott is the man you hope George Clooney might be. He is a natural leader and coach, with that rare skill of being able to build strong teams, where everyone has a voice. I learned so much from the way Scott engages with others and focuses the team. He's a friend and a role model.” Oliver Haydon, Architect

“The Stoic principles, concepts, and practices that Scott shares are applicable to every life endeavor. I'm very grateful for the generous, inspiring, empathic, compassionate, warm (and of course Stoic), way he introduces, engages and extends us through a diverse range of interviews and articles. I’ve only savoured brief video glimpses of him performing, but clearly, he delivers the same warmth, competence, and humanity into his music as he does share the rich wisdom of Stoicism. Scott...Heart and soul-felt thanks from the wildest parts of Australia, for who you are, what you do and how you are in the world....y.” Stuart Porteous, Project for Public Spaces

"Scott's approach is the fusion of principle and purpose. When you are ready to step out of frustrated creativity into flourishing artistry, Scott is there for you." Chris Tygesen, Accountant

"Scott is a great motivator, driver of change in every environment." 
Massimiliano Levante Freddi, Theme Park Efficiency Consultant

 

Speaking & Workshop Clients

“Scott Perry is an extremely erudite, knowledgeable and gifted teacher. I have learned much from his teaching and taking part in his inspired sessions.” Kit Wells, Yorkshire Television

“I was blown away by the care Scott put into getting to know our audience. He went above and beyond in preparation, delivery, and post-workshop follow-up. Our members loved him and we can’t wait to work with Scott again!” Elizabeth Boardman, Executive Director, MILSPO Project

“Scott Perry proves that great teachers are perpetual learners. I have gained so much from his fresh and innovative approach to music and life. The insights that he has distilled from his experience teaching students and on stage are full of value and worth checking out. Having had the pleasure of collaborating with him this past summer, I can testify that Scott is one of the hardest-working people I know.” Dr. Robert Zeitlin, Positive Psychologist

“Scott did a workshop with our group about experiencing more joy (and less stress) as a music maker and our members loved it!  I received many comments afterward about how applicable Scott's approach to Stoicism and to life was to the craft of songwriting.” Mike Franke, President, Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association

“Scott taught me why being a teacher is such a gift. Not only is his laid-back style infectious, but he pushes you to find the answer that's been staring right at you for so long. He's my go to when things don't seem to make sense, and he finds a way to bring clarity to tough situations. I am honored to call him a friend.” Daniel Gershburg, Real Estate Lawyer

 "Scott is passionate about stoicism and using it in everyday life. He's also one of the most generous people I've ever met.....sharing his time and knowledge to make everyone's journey better." AnnMarie Dyer Janni, Real Estate Agency Owner

"Scott encourages authenticity and aliveness in every encounter I've had with him. Refreshing!! Just writing this and thinking about him brings a smile! Thank you for reaching out to share this vitality with the world, Scott!" Sandy Jahmi Burg, Focusing Coach

"Scott is spreading positivity and better ways of viewing our world and living life in our day and time. It's a great community for musicians and anyone else seeking a better perspective on the world." John Hildreth, Teacher & Musician

 

Online Students & Site Members

“The modern stoic revival has cognitive therapists, philosophy professors, soldiers and even ex-marketing executives telling us how this ancient wisdom can help us endure and renounce, adapt and overcome.  Scott is the only modern Stoic who explores the benefits of stoicism for artists and creatives. In a world that tries to hook artists on 'passion', Scott's is a voice of reason, discipline and the courage to 'ship.'” Chris Tygesen, Stoic Husband & Father

“The Stoic principles, concepts, and practices that Scott shares are applicable to every life endeavor. I'm very grateful for the generous, inspiring, empathic, compassionate, warm (and of course Stoic), way he introduces, engages and extends us through a diverse range of interviews and articles. I’ve only savored brief video glimpses of him performing, but clearly, he delivers the same warmth, competence, and humanity into his music as he does share the rich wisdom of Stoicism. Scott...Heart and soul-felt thanks from the wildest parts of Australia, for who you are, what you do and how you are in the world....” Stuart Porteous, Project for Public Spaces

“The Stoic Guitarist is a unique resource for everyone whether they are musical or not. It provides oodles of sage advice about how to live our lives more successfully.” Duncan Lorimer, Radio Astronomer

“Scott is a reliable and trusted guide sharing ancient wisdom with modern tools.” Kat Mills, Wife, Mother, & Musician

"Scott is very dedicated to his work and students!" Shalene Young Massie, Dula

"The Stoic Guitarist is inspiring, enlightening, and engaging. Thank you, Scot, for creating an inclusive community here!" Melissa Whiteford StClair, IBO

"This is a very active page; new content is posted every day or so. Scott is highly responsive to posts by members and will answer your personal questions!" Susanne Thomas, Professor

"I rely on the Stoic Guitarist for daily inspiration. Thank you, Scott!"
Mary Alzire Papadopoulos, Grant Writer

"Scott is very articulate about Stoic philosophy and is genuine in his interest in spreading its benefits. Plus he has a unique take on using it for creative endeavors." Melissa Collard, Musician & Teacher

 

The Stoic Creative Podcast Guests

“Scott Perry is doing a great service to Stoicism and the online community through his work, which is helping to spread awareness of Stoic philosophy.  I hope more and more people tune into his live videos and we continue to see more interviews with Stoicism authors because this is a great way to learn about the subject.” Donald Robertson, Author of Stoicism and the Art of Happiness & Modern Stoicism Team Member

“Scott Perry's Meet the Modern Stoics broadcast provides a great resource applying classic Stoic philosophy to problems, challenges, and opportunities creative people experience.  As a host, he's a great conversationalist. I not only enjoyed coming on the show but listen to it regularly!” Greg Sadler, Editor of Stoicism Today & Modern Stoicism Team Member

“Stoicism is on the rise, and Scott's Meet the Modern Stoics is an excellent way to get to know the people who are shaping the modern Stoic movement.” Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy, Author of How to Be a Stoic, & Modern Stoicism Board Member

“Being interviewed on the Stoic Guitarist’s Meet the Modern Stoics broadcast was a very positive experience. Scott raised interesting and important questions and responded thoughtfully to the answers. This is an excellent series for making Stoic ideas more widely known.” Chris Gill, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at Exeter University & Modern Stoicism Team Member

"I usually prefer to do interviews in writing, thinking I can pack more into them that way. But the experience with Scott was a pleasant, productive, and intellectually challenging conversation. My preference for interviews in writing may have been changed permanently!" Lawrence Becker, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the College of William & Mary & author of A New Stoicism

"This is an excellent and unique forum in which Stoic academics and laypersons interested in the topic can meet, interact, and mutually enrich their experience of the contemporary Stoic resurgence. Well done, Scott Perry!" William Ferraiolo, Professor of Philosophy at San Joaquin Delta College

“Scott Perry plays a powerful role through his informative and absorbing podcasts, and in other ways, and contributes much to many. His insights, knowledge and marvelous ability to engage interviewees through his precise questions and easy conversational manner provide viewers and listeners with a depth and breadth of knowledge. The information that is shared by him and his guests can refresh, inspire, revitalize, add to and enhance their awareness about the choices we can make for creating happier and healthier lives. It was a joy to be interviewed by Scott, and enriching to learn from watching the other interviews he has done with others.” Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, REBT Psychologist (Australia) and adjunct professor at Columbia University

“It was great being on Meet the Modern Stoics! Scott made the process straightforward and comfortable.” Greg Lopez, Stoic Camp

“Scott Perry is doing important and interesting work showcasing the many ways creative efforts can be linked with Stoic philosophy and vice versa. I would highly recommend watching and listening to his helpful content.” Travis Hume, Applying Stoicism

"It was a pleasure to be involved in this inspiring project, which brings the resources of an ancient philosophical school to bear on the problems and concerns of today. A great example of the power of the internet to break down the boundary between the 'academic' and 'popular' spheres of discourse!" Peter Adamson, The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps Podcast

"I was delighted to be a guest on The Stoic Creative. Scott has had some of the most influential names in the modern Stoicism movement and their discussions are always insightful and enlightening. I was touched to be invited on the podcast, and chatting with Scott was a blast." Michael Connell, Comedian Performing Comedy About Big Ideas

"Scott Perry is doing a great job with The Stoic Creative. As an interviewer he made me feel completely at ease. I enjoyed the way our conversation moved between aspects of Stoic philosophy, like freedom and determinism, and our individual responses to the Roman Stoic authors. Scott's take on the creative power of Stoicism is spot on, and I encourage everyone who reads this message to join his vibrant community." A. A. Long, Professor of Classics at Berkely and Author of From Epicurus to Epictetus

“I had the pleasure of appearing on The Stoic Creative broadcast hosted by Scott Perry. We had a great conversation about Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and how it is a form of cognitive behavior therapy derived from Stoic philosophy. Scott was easy to work with and very professional. I very much enjoyed the discussion and will surely listen to other guests he has on this fine podcast in the future!” Walter Matweychuk, Psychologist, and REBT Practitioner