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Where can you find joy? What's the true measure of success? How should we manage anger? Find meaning? Conquer grief? The answers to these questions and more lie at the heart of Stoic philosophy. The Daily Stoic is a compelling, accessible guide to living a good life, offering daily doses of this classic wisdom.
Long the secret weapon of history's great figures, from emperors to artists and activists to fighter pilots, the principles of Stoicism have shone brightly through the centuries as a philosophy for doers. Tested in the laboratory of human experience over the last two thousand years, this timeless knowledge is essential to navigating the complexities of modern life.
The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, and the slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as diamonds like Zeno, Cleanthes and Musonius Rufus. On each page, one for every day of the year, you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes and provocative commentary to help you tackle any problem or approach any goal. 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.
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'Follow these precepts and you will revolutionize your life.' Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art
'A book for the bedside of every future - and current - leader in the world.' - Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power
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.
The book's many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), the World Number 1 golfer (Rory McIlroy) and the coaches and players of winning teams like English Rugby National Team, the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Cubs.
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.
A powerful meditation on the nature and dangers of ego, from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness is the Key, and Obstacle is the Way - over 1 million copies sold
'Re-read it each year. It's that important' Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want
'Ryan Holiday is one of his generation's finest thinkers' Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art
'This is a book I want every athlete, aspiring leader, entrepreneur, thinker and doer to read' George Raveling, Nike's Director of International Basketball
'Inspiring yet practical' Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power
It's wrecked the careers of promising young geniuses. It's evaporated great fortunes and run companies into the ground. It's made adversity unbearable and turned struggle into shame. Every great philosopher has warned against it, in our most lasting stories and countless works of art, in all culture and all ages. Its name? Ego, and it is the enemy - of ambition, of success and of resilience.
In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday shows us how and why ego is such a powerful internal opponent to be guarded against at all stages of our careers and lives, and that we can only create our best work when we identify, acknowledge and disarm its dangers. Drawing on an array of inspiring characters and narratives from literature, philosophy and history, the book explores the nature and dangers of ego to illustrate how you can be humble in your aspirations, gracious in your success and resilient in your failures.
The result is an inspiring and timely reminder that humility and confidence are our greatest friends when confronting the challenges of a culture that tends to fan the flames of ego, a book full of themes and life lessons that will resonate, uplift and inspire.
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'Whether you are an athlete, an investor, a writer or an entrepreneur, this little but soulful book will open the door to a healthier, less anxious and more productive life and career.' - Arianna Huffington
'Ryan's trilogy of The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy and Stillness is the Key are for sure must-reads.' Manu Ginobili, 4x NBA champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focused and calm in a constantly busy world.
This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.
Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this book shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.
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From bestselling authors of The Daily Stoic - an inspiring guide to the lives of Stoicism's greatest practitioners
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'In story after page-turning story, Lives of the Stoics brings ancient philosophers to life.' - David Epstein, bestselling author of Range
'Wonderful' - Chris Bosh, two-time NBA Champion
For millennia, Stoicism has been the ancient philosophy that attracts those who seek greatness, from athletes to politicians and everyone in between. And no wonder: its embrace of self-mastery, virtue and indifference to that which we cannot control has much to offer those grappling with today's chaotic world. But who were the Stoics?
In this book, Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman offer a fresh approach to understanding Stoicism through the lives of the people who practiced it - from Cicero to Zeno, Cato to Seneca, Diogenes to Marcus Aurelius. Through short biographies of all the famous, and lesser-known, Stoics, this book will show what it means to live stoically, and reveal the lessons to be learned from their struggles and successes. The result is a treasure trove of insights for anyone in search of living a good life.
Recently, fake news has become real news, making headlines as its consequences become crushingly obvious in political upsets and global turmoil. But it's not new - you've seen it all before. A malicious online rumour costs a company millions. Politically motivated 'fake news' stories are planted and disseminated to influence elections. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. Anonymous sources and speculation become national conversation. What you don't know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like Ryan Holiday: a media manipulator.
Holiday wrote this book to explain how media manipulators work, how to spot their fingerprints, how to fight them, and how (if you must) to emulate their tactics. Why is he giving away these secrets? Because he's tired of a world where trolls hijack debates, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. He's pulling back the curtain because it's time everyone understands how things really work.
Your new business went online yesterday and you've got a marketing budget of zero. How are you supposed to create a movement around your product? How can you get to your first thousand - or million - customers? Starting from zero, it feels impossible.
Enter the growth hacker. You may not have heard of growth hacking yet, but you've certainly used the billion dollar brands built by it: Hotmail, AirBnB, Facebook, Dropbox, amongst many others.
Growth hackers thrive on doing what traditional businessmen would consider impossible: creating something from nothing. They 'hack' their company's growth to create a narrative of sensational success, turning excited media, users and social media into a viral marketing force that will help their business grow exponentially.
Silicon Valley has realized that growth hacking - not television commercials and billboards - is the successful start-up's secret weapon. Now growth hacker extraordinaire Ryan Holiday is ready to share his experience, teaching you how to harness the power of growth to propel you to success. Featuring insights from leading growth hackers, Growth Hacker Marketing is the essential guide to the revolutionary new approach to growing your business.
Bestselling author and marketing strategist Ryan Holiday reveals to creatives of all stripes-authors, entrepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, fine artists-how a classic work is made and marketed.
Classic. Evergreen. Cult. Backlist. We can all identify with products that seem to last forever and just keep selling. But how can we create things that can and should last, especially in an environment where short-term gain and flash-in-the-pan success are so often the benchmark, where Hollywood movies are written off after a weekend or Silicon Valley start-ups are considered to have failed if they don't go viral?
Enter Ryan Holiday and his concept of the Perennial Seller, products that exist in every creative industry, timeless, dependable resources and unsung money-makers, increasing in value over time and outlasting and outstretching the competition.
Holiday shows us that creating a classic doesn't have to be a fluke or just a matter of luck. In Perennial Seller he takes us back to the first principles of the models and thinking that underpin the creation of something built to last. Featuring interviews with some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and creatives and grounded in a deep study of the classics from every genre, the book shares a mindset and approach we can all adopt to make and market a classic work. Whether you have a book or a business, a song or the next great screenplay, Holiday reveals the recipe for perennial success.
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.
Conspiracy theories are legion. Conspiracies are rare. And of the few that do exist, fewer are ever discovered, let alone explained. This story is the exception.
In 2016, media giant Gawker was forced to declare bankruptcy after a $140 million dollar judgment in court over an illegally recorded sex tape of Hulk Hogan. The case was no accident: it was the result of a nearly decade-long plot masterminded by Facebook and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel.
With exclusive access to all the key players, Ryan Holiday takes us behind the scenes of this extraordinary and at times surreal story, and transforms the events into both a dissection of that controversial methodology - conspiracy - and an eye-opening cautionary tale on the use, abuse and consequences of power and secrecy in the modern age.
Es frecuente ver en el entorno los obstáculos para lograr nuestras metas. Sin embargo, hay un poderoso enemigo interior que es en realidad la causa que nos impide avanzar en muchos sentidos: el ego. Al inicio de nuestras carreras, el ego nos impide aprender y desarrollar talentos. Si logramos el éxito, nos ciega al punto que negamos nuestras propias falencias; y ante el fracaso, el ego magnifica cualquier falla y hace más difícil recuperarnos. El ego, en cualquier etapa, es la verdadera traba para nuestro crecimiento personal y profesional. De ahí que en este libro Ryan Holiday nos lleve por poderosas lecciones, tácticas y estrategias de cómo personalidades de diversas ocupaciones y campos consiguieron aplacar su ego (esa versión distorsionada que habían creado de sí mismos) como el primer paso para alcanzar niveles más altos de autoconocimiento e influencia. En una época en la que se privilegia la individualidad y la autopromoción, es necesario entender qué es el ego y cómo dominarlo antes de que domine nuestras vidas. “A menudo se nos dice que para lograr el éxito, necesitamos confianza. Con una franqueza refrescante, Ryan Holiday desafía esa suposición, destacando cómo podemos ganar confianza buscando algo más grande que nuestro propio éxito”. –Adam Grant, autor de Originales “Este libro nos da una receta: la humildad. Está lleno de historias y citas que le ayudarán a salir de su propio camino. Ya sea que esté empezando o comenzando de nuevo, encontrará algo que sacar de aquí”. –Austin Kleon, autor de Roba como un artista “De una manera inspiradora y práctica, Ryan Holiday nos enseña cómo manejar y domesticar nuestro ego, esta bestia insaciable que vive dentro de nosotros para que podamos concentrarnos en lo que realmente importa y producir el mejor trabajo posible”. –Robert Greene, autor de Las 48 leyes del poder
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.