Phil Van Treuren

Phil Van Treuren (pronounced Van Troo-in) is an author, entrepreneur and perpetual work in progress. He grew up in the rural mining town of Round Mountain, Nevada and is a graduate of Southern Utah University.

His first book, The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat, was published by Stoic Simple Press in 2022. Its follow-up, A Dog Who Follows Gladly, was published in Spring of 2023.

Phil’s additional work includes The Stoic Fable Book, The Urban Enchiridion and The Little Book of Stoic Quotes: Philosophy for a Meaningful & Courageous Life. He lives outside of Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and four children.

A Dog Who Follows Gladly

Quotes From Recent Interviews

From Plato’s Academy Centre . . .

Those of us who are able to accept a quickly changing world and learn new ways of doing things are going to have a huge advantage as this century unfolds. We shouldn’t be afraid to embrace new technologies that make it easier to do the things we love and magnify our natural talents.

Here’s one example I like to give: almost all of my research, writing and editing is done on my cell phone, with my thumbs, in my spare time.

“I run a business during the day, have young children at home, and my early morning hours are dedicated to exercising . . . so I simply don’t have large blocks of time to sit at a desk and write. I’m able to be an author because I figured out how to write for a few minutes at a time on my phone, when time allows. In fact, I think that some of my best writing has been done while giving a bottle to a baby.”

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The Urban Enchiridion

Recent Reviews of Phil’s Books

Richard Lowery

In the enchanting world of children’s literature mixed with age-old Stoic ideas, Phil Van Treuren’s “A Dog Who Follows Gladly” and “The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat” shine as bright stars, offering a treasure trove of beautifully written stories, captivating characters, and timeless life lessons.
(Fables of Eudaimonia Series)

Anna Kaladish Reynolds

“A Dog Who Follows Gladly” is a splendid book to put on the shelves of children in your life. What our era cries out for in its overemotional hysteria is a return to the Stoic principles that have inspired generations of learned and civilized minds.
(A Dog Who Follows Gladly)

Chris Stephan

Loved it. It has become one of my favorites like “The Giving Tree” and “I’ll Love You Forever.”
(The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat)

Betsy Alexander Waggoner

This is a beautiful book with such a great message. I love it. I ordered it and donated it to the town library.
(The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat)

Janis Berry

Wonderful story with such words of wisdom. It now gets passed down.
(The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat)

Andrew Wilkerson

Just ordered a signed copy. The narrated version on YouTube resonated with me, and I shared the story with my close friends and family members when the topic of happiness arose.
(The Stock Horse and the Stable Cat)

Vincent Clementoni

Just ordered both of your books . . . thanks so much for the great work you do.
(Fables of Eudaimonia Series)

Beverly Griffin

Beautiful illustrations and inspiring story. Touched my heart.
(A Dog Who Follows Gladly)

Anne Sibilla Meriwether

It’s a lovely book. I keep it nearby as a reminder . . . thank you for making this.
(A Dog Who Follows Gladly)

Recent Writing From Phil Van Treuren

You Have a Beautiful Mind

what is stoicism

You have a beautiful mind. I’m not talking about how intelligent or clever you are. I’m talking about a gift you were born with that’s worth more than all the money in the world.


The Art of Not Hating People: 6 Stoic Techniques to See the Best in Everyone

My biggest personal flaw has always been cynicism, which is one of the most nefarious attitudes a person can have. (Cynical people often try to disguise their attitudes as just “sarcastic,” and tell themselves that they simply have a sharp sense of humor. Yah, that was me for a long time.)


Natural Born Stoics: Why Some People Have Built-In Stoicism

Natural born stoic

You’ve probably met a few yourself: those rare and remarkable people who seem to be born with ingrained Stoicism. Here’s why Natural Born Stoics are so common throughout history . . . and why they don’t need any help finding a philosophy of life.


Three Ways to Find Purpose: What’s the Meaning of Your Life?

Meaning of life

If you’re asking the world to show you the meaning of life, then you’ve got it backwards. The world is asking you that question . . . and there are only three places to find the right answer.


Stoicism: the Perfect Philosophy for an Age of Artificial Intelligence?

Stoicism Artificial Intelligence Article

Humanity is on the edge of an unprecedented transformation, and few of us are prepared for how quickly artificial intelligence will change our lives. Here’s how Stoic thinking can help us embrace the coming revolution and thrive in a vastly different world.


The Dangers of Nostalgia: Why It’s Unhealthy to Dwell on Happy Memories

The important part first: happy memories are awesome. But dwelling on them too much — and falling victim to sentimental longing — can make us blind to the good stuff in our present.


A Lesson in Humility from the U.S. Army

Phil Van Treuren

As you can imagine, saying the alphabet backwards while you’re doing pushups isn’t the easiest — especially before breakfast. Worse than the punishment, though, was knowing that I made one of the worst mistakes an Army trainee could make: I had singled myself out.


Stoic Workout: 5 (Almost) Painless Exercises to Practice Voluntary Discomfort

Stoicism Exercise Voluntary Discomfort

Limited exposure to stuff that feels uncomfortable can also make you happier — but there’s no reason to take it to extremes. Check out a few methods for practicing voluntary discomfort that are quick, easy and (almost) painless.


Stoicism for Children: How to Teach Kids to be Stoic

Teaching Kids Stoicism

Our daughter Stella turned 5 today. When her mom asked her what she wants to be when she grows up, she said “kind.”