”We craft ourselves in the white heat of experience.” Roman Krznaric
Carpe diem – seize the day – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But what does it really mean? And how can it help us rethink the way we work, and the kinds of choices we make in our professional and personal lives?
In this episode, we interview Roman Krznaric about his latest book: Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day.
Roman discusses how the spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumerism and digital culture, and how we can reclaim the power of carpe diem to:
- Overcome procrastination and fear of risk-taking
- Rethink the roles we habitually play and stories we tell ourselves about who we are – and experiment with new ones
- Get back in touch with our personal passions, vision and creativity
- Nurture our spontaneity and capacity to focus on the present moment
- Gain a larger perspective on what really matters in life
Drawing on everything from medieval carnival traditions to the neuropsychology of risk, Krznaric looks at how we might practice the art of seizing the day, and ultimately live a life without regret.
Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages.
He is the founder of world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. His forthcoming book is Carpe Diem Regained, a biography of ‘seize the day’.
Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to Google’s headquarters in California.
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