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About Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is one of the world's bestselling living philosophers. His books like The Obstacle Is the Way,Ego Is the Enemy,The Daily Stoic, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key appear in more than 40 languages and have sold more than 5 million copies. Together, they've spent over 300 weeks on the bestseller lists. He lives outside Austin with his wife and two boys...and a small herd of cows and donkeys and goats. His bookstore, The Painted Porch, sits on historic Main St in Bastrop, Texas.
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Why have history's greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.
The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.
By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.
The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.
Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.
If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.
In his New York Times bestselling book Courage is Calling, author Ryan Holiday made the Stoic case for a bold and brave life. In this much-anticipated second book of his Stoic Virtue series, Holiday celebrates the awesome power of self-discipline and those who have seized it.
To master anything, one must first master themselves–one’s emotions, one’s thoughts, one’s actions. Eisenhower famously said that freedom is really the opportunity to practice self-discipline. Cicero called the virtue of temperance the polish of life. Without boundaries and restraint, we risk not only failing to meet our full potential and jeopardizing what we have achieved, but we ensure misery and shame. In a world of temptation and excess, this ancient idea is more urgent than ever.
In Discipline is Destiny, Holiday draws on the stories of historical figures we can emulate as pillars of self-discipline, including Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II, boxer Floyd Patterson, Marcus Aurelius and writer Toni Morrison, as well as the cautionary tales of Napoleon, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Babe Ruth. Through these engaging examples, Holiday teaches readers the power of self-discipline and balance, and cautions against the perils of extravagance and hedonism.
At the heart of Stoicism are four simple virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. Everything else, the Stoics believed, flows from them. Discipline is Destiny will guide readers down the path to self-mastery, upon which all the other virtues depend. Discipline is predictive. You cannot succeed without it. And if you lose it, you cannot help but bring yourself failure and unhappiness.
The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller
“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.” —from the prologue
Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back.
Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.
In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”
Becoming a parent is more than just a biological process – it’s a lifelong commitment to sacrifice, service, and most importantly, love. It’s a challenge to get up every day and put your kids first. You will experience moments of heroic compassion and humiliating failure, sometimes within the same day.
But you don’t have to do it alone. From Ryan Holiday, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash hit The Daily Stoic, The Daily Dad provides 366 timeless meditations on parenting in a few manageable paragraphs a day – useful for even the most sleep deprived new parent.
Drawing on his own experience as a father of two as well as lessons from the lives of legends such as Theodore Roosevelt, Bruce Springsteen, Queen Elizabeth II, Marcus Aurelius, and Toni Morrison, this daily devotional provides wisdom and guidance on being the role model your child needs. Whether you’re expecting your first or already a grandparent, The Daily Dad offers encouragement, perspective, and practical advice for every stage of your child’s life.
Ryan Holiday’s bestselling trilogy—The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Stillness is the Key—captivated professional athletes, CEOs, politicians, and entrepreneurs and helped bring Stoicism to millions of readers. Now, in the first book of an exciting new series on the cardinal virtues of ancient philosophy, Holiday explores the most foundational virtue of all: Courage.
Almost every religion, spiritual practice, philosophy and person grapples with fear. The most repeated phrase in the Bible is “Be not afraid.” The ancient Greeks spoke of phobos, panic and terror. It is natural to feel fear, the Stoics believed, but it cannot rule you. Courage, then, is the ability to rise above fear, to do what’s right, to do what’s needed, to do what is true. And so it rests at the heart of the works of Marcus Aurelius, Aristotle, and CS Lewis, alongside temperance, justice, and wisdom.
In Courage Is Calling, Ryan Holiday breaks down the elements of fear, an expression of cowardice, the elements of courage, an expression of bravery, and lastly, the elements of heroism, an expression of valor. Through engaging stories about historic and contemporary leaders, including Charles De Gaulle, Florence Nightingale, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday shows you how to conquer fear and practice courage in your daily life.
You’ll also delve deep into the moral dilemmas and courageous acts of lesser-known, but equally as important, figures from ancient and modern history, such as Helvidius Priscus, a Roman Senator who stood his ground against emperor Vespasian, even in the face of death; Frank Serpico, a former New York City Police Department Detective who exposed police corruption; and Frederick Douglass and a slave named Nelly, whose fierce resistance against her captors inspired his own crusade to end slavery.
In a world in which fear runs rampant—when people would rather stand on the sidelines than speak out against injustice, go along with convention than bet on themselves, and turn a blind eye to the ugly realities of modern life—we need courage more than ever. We need the courage of whistleblowers and risk takers. We need the courage of activists and adventurers. We need the courage of writers who speak the truth—and the courage of leaders to listen.
We need you to step into the arena and fight.
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.
All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.
In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.
Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.
More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.
A New York Times Noteworthy Pick and a "stellar work" by Publishers Weekly
From the bestselling authors of The Daily Stoic comes an inspiring guide to the lives of the Stoics, and what the ancients can teach us about happiness, success, resilience and virtue.
Nearly 2,300 years after a ruined merchant named Zeno first established a school on the Stoa Poikile of Athens, Stoicism has found a new audience among those who seek greatness, from athletes to politicians and everyone in between. It's no wonder; the philosophy and its embrace of self-mastery, virtue, and indifference to that which we cannot control is as urgent today as it was in the chaos of the Roman Empire.
In Lives of the Stoics, Holiday and Hanselman present the fascinating lives of the men and women who strove to live by the timeless Stoic virtues of Courage. Justice. Temperance. Wisdom. Organized in digestible, mini-biographies of all the well-known--and not so well-known--Stoics, this book vividly brings home what Stoicism was like for the people who loved it and lived it, dusting off powerful lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes.
More than a mere history book, every example in these pages, from Epictetus to Marcus Aurelius--slaves to emperors--is designed to help the reader apply philosophy in their own lives. Holiday and Hanselman unveil the core values and ideas that unite figures from Seneca to Cato to Cicero across the centuries. Among them are the idea that self-rule is the greatest empire, that character is fate; how Stoics benefit from preparing not only for success, but failure; and learn to love, not merely accept, the hand they are dealt in life. A treasure of valuable insights and stories, this book can be visited again and again by any reader in search of inspiration from the past.
À une époque qui glorifie les réseaux sociaux, la télé-réalité et d'autres formes d'autopromotion sans vergogne, la lutte contre l'ego doit être menée sur de nombreux fronts.
En début de carrière, il entrave l’apprentissage et le développement des talents. Avec le succès, il peut aveugler et semer des problèmes futurs. En cas d'échec, il amplifie chaque coup et rend la récupération plus difficile. À chaque étape, l'ego nous retient. Ryan Holiday s'appuie sur de nombreux exemples, allant de la littérature à la philosophie en passant par l'histoire : George Marshall, Angela Merkel et Eleanor Roosevelt ont atteint le pouvoir et le succès en conquérant leur propre ego ; au contraire Napoléon, Lance Armstrong ou Dick Cheney ont commis des erreurs majeures à cause de leur ego et ces dernières les ont menés à leur perte. Leurs stratégies et tactiques pour aspirer à la grandeur sans se faire dévorer par leur ego deviennent les nôtres grâce à cet ouvrage. La stratégie de la "toile blanche", arrêter de parler et agir, apprendre la concentration, instaurer des niveaux de performance, accepter l'échec et savoir se remettre en question... Autant d'outils à maîtriser pour faire face à cet ennemi universel qu'est l'ego.
Ryan HOLIDAY est consultant en communication et a travaillé pour de nombreux auteurs best-sellers et musiciens multi-récompensés. Il a également été directeur de la communication chez American Apparel pendant de nombreuses années. Ses campagnes publicitaires ont servi d’études de cas pour Twitter, YouTube ou Google. Il est l’auteur de nombreux best-sellers internationaux traduits en 20 langues.
"Dans son nouveau livre Ryan Holidy s'attaque au plus grand obstacle au succès de la vie : notre ego insatiable. D'une manière à la fois inspirante et pratique, il nous enseigne comment gérer et apprivoiser cette bête en nous afin que nous puissions nous concentrer sur ce qui compte vraiment : produire le meilleur travail possible." - Robert Greene, auteur de Power, les 48 lois du pouvoir (+ de 60 000 ex vendus)
Ele arruinou a carreira de gênios promissores.
Mandou pelos ares grandes fortunas e destruiu empresas.
Tornou as adversidades insuportáveis e transformou esforço em vergonha.
Seu nome? Ego.
O ego é um adversário interno citado por quase todos os grandes filósofos da história, em incontáveis obras de arte, de todas as culturas e todos os tempos.
E agora vamos aprender a destruí-lo, antes que ele destrua você.
Em O ego é seu inimigo, Holiday apresenta exemplos reais e inspiradores de pessoas comuns que dominaram o ego, chegaram aos mais altos níveis de poder e sucesso e se tornaram lendas — não pela fama, mas pelo trabalho e legado. Ao perceber a influência negativa do ego e combatê-lo, você será capaz de viver melhor e conquistar resultados mais expressivos. As estratégias e táticas desenvolvidas por essas figuras fascinantes vão ajudá-lo a vencer esse inimigo tão poderoso que nos desafia todos os dias.
• Ryan Holiday abandonou a faculdade aos 19 anos para ser aprendiz de Robert Greene, autor de As 48 leis do poder. Contratado mais tarde como diretor de marketing da American Apparel, antiga loja americana, foi responsável por campanhas famosas por suas polêmicas.
• O autor é fundador da agência Brass Check, que já ofereceu consultoria para grandes companhias, como Google, e também para diversos autores de sucesso, como Tim Ferriss (4 horas para o corpo).
• Holiday é autor de vários livros, entre eles O obstáculo é o caminho, traduzido para 17 idiomas e cultuado entre técnicos da liga de futebol americano dos Estados Unidos, atletas de elite, personalidades de TV e líderes políticos. Atualmente vive em um rancho próximo de Austin, Texas, nos Estados Unidos.
“Ensina a domesticar a fera dentro de nós e a manter o foco no que importa ― fazer o melhor trabalho possível.”
Il y a près de 2000 ans., l’empereur romain Marc Aurèle écrivait : « Mes activités peuvent bien être entravées, mais mon élan spontané et ma disposition ne peuvent être entravés, parce que je puis choisir entre mes actes et renverser l’obstacle. L’intelligence, en effet, pour tendre au but qui la guide, renverse et déplace tout obstacle à son activité. Ce qui suspendait cette action devient action, et route ce qui barrait cette route. »
À travers les siècles, nombreux sont ceux qui ont recouru au stoïcisme pour surmonter leurs difficultés. Outre les Grecs et les Romains dans l’Antiquité, Frédéric II, Montaigne, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Adam Smith et Théodore Roosevelt figuraient au rang des adeptes de cette école de pensée. Chaque année, l’ancien président américain Bill Clinton étudie les textes de Marc Aurèle. De même, Wen Jiabao, ancien Premier ministre chinois, a lu ses Pensées pour moi-même « plus d’une centaine de fois ».
S’inspirant de cette école de pensée, Ryan Holiday nous emmène dans un voyage à travers le temps et nous explique comment utiliser les principes éminents du stoïcisme pour transformer les obstacles en opportunités.
Ryan HOLIDAY est consultant en communication et a travaillé pour de nombreux auteurs best-sellers et musiciens multi-récompensés. Il a également été directeur de la communication chez American Apparel pendant de nombreuses années. Ses campagnes publicitaires ont servi d’études de cas pour Twitter, YouTube ou Google. Il est également l’auteur des deux best-sellers internationaux Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator et Ego is the enemy.
How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic?
How did The 48 Laws of Power miss the bestseller lists for more than a decade and still sell more than a million copies?
How is Iron Maiden still filling stadiums worldwide without radio or TV exposure forty years after the band was founded?
Bestselling author and marketer Ryan Holiday calls such works and artists perennial sellers. How do they endure and thrive while most books, movies, songs, video games, and pieces of art disappear quickly after initial success? How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity?
Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham, as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time. His fascinating examples include:
• Rick Rubin, producer for Adele, Jay-Z, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who teaches his artists to push past short-term thinking and root their work in long-term inspiration.
• Tim Ferriss, whose books have sold millions of copies, in part because he rigorously tests every element of his work to see what generates the strongest response.
• Seinfeld, which managed to capture both the essence of the nineties and timeless themes to become a modern classic.
• Harper Lee, who transformed a muddled manuscript into To Kill a Mockingbird with the help of the right editor and feedback.
• Winston Churchill, Stefan Zweig, and Lady Gaga, who each learned the essential tenets of building a platform of loyal, dedicated supporters.
Holiday reveals that the key to success for many perennial sellers is that their creators don’t distinguish between the making and the marketing. The product’s purpose and audience are in the creator’s mind from day one. By thinking holistically about the relationship between their audience and their work, creators of all kinds improve the chances that their offerings will stand the test of time.
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