“There’s no one magical thing you do and then have stillness. It’s a process.”
He’s best known for popularizing Stoicism — an ancient philosophical yet highly practical operating system he pioneered to mainstream, modern adoption.
In his latest turn, Ryan Holiday expands his lens East.
In pursuit of shared wisdom across ancient Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Hebrew, Greek, Christian and Epicurean traditions, he discovered one essential truth — that inner peace is essential to a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment.
Ryan calls it stillness — to be steady while the world spins around you.
A crucial characteristic of all great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes and visionaries, it’s a practice to transcend the stress of everyday life. An antidote to the distractions of our fast-paced world. And the ultimate path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.
For those unfamiliar, Ryan is an autodidact who dropped out of college at 19, maturing into one of the most important thinkers of his generation. Now 32, he is a media strategist, prolific writer and public speaker with six perennial bestselling books to his name, including Ego Is The Enemy, The Obstacle Is The Way, and Conspiracy.
Making the digestible case for why slowing down is the secret weapon for charging ahead, Ryan’s latest release — aptly titled Stillness Is The Key (hitting bookstores everywhere this week) — is your next must read and read again primer on living your best life.
Returning for this third appearance on the podcast (check out RRP #168 and #239), today we explore the essential elements of stillness — and its limitless applications for profound personal self-improvement.
Want to avoid distractions? Develop greater insight? Unlock creativity? Improve your decision making? Better your parenting skills? Enhance athletic performance?
The incredible power and practicality of cultivating placidity in our increasingly turbulent, tumultuous, reactive, distraction monopolized lives simply cannot be overstated.
Stillness is the key.
I have great fondness for this human. I absolutely love this exchange. And sincerely hope you do as well.
Peace + Plants,
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Check out Ryan’s latest book: Stillness Is The Key*
Background, Context & Reference:
- Connect with Ryan: Website | Facebook | Twitter
- Forbes: Ryan Holiday: How Ego Makes Business Leaders Less Successful by Dan Schawbel
- Forbes: Don’t Let Your Ego Be Your Enemy by Nick Morgan
- Inc.: 23 Must-Read Business Books for This Summer
- Outside: How Can I Bulletproof My Mind to Get More Out of My Body? by Brad Stulberg
- Fortune: How Ego Almost Destroyed Steve Jobs’ Career by Ryan Holiday
- Fortune: Having An Ego When You’re Young Might Hurt You in the Future [VIDEO]
- Fortune: The Biggest Internal Obstacle Leaders Face [VIDEO]
- TalksAtGoogle: Ryan Holiday: “Ego Is The Enemy” [VIDEO]
- SportsIllustrated: How a book on stoicism became wildly popular at every level in the NFL by Greg Bishop
- NextShark: Ryan Holiday Reveals The One Thing That Can Destroy Your Career in ‘Ego Is The Enemy’ by Benny Luo
- Entrepreneur: 5 Deadly Kinds of Ego That Prey Upon Your Success by Ryan Holiday
- NYPost: Got a Kanye-sized ego? Here’s how to fix it by Christian Gollayan
- ThoughtCatalog: 25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life by Ryan Holiday
- HuffPo: Why Ego Is The Enemy in Business and in Life
- HuffPo: Does Ryan Holiday have The Cure For Modern Life? by Thomas Church
- Observer: The Difference Between NBA Stars and Flame-Outs Is the Secret to Success in Any Field by Ryan Holiday
- Observer: The Biggest Threat to Your Success Is the Story You Tell Yourself About Success by Ryan Holiday
- Podcast: Revisionist History by Malcom Gladwell
- Rockumentary: Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster*
- The Guardian: Billionaire’s revenge: Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s nine-year Gawker grudge by Nellie Bowles and Danny Yadron
- Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a [email protected]* by Mark Manson
Books by Ryan Holiday:
- Stillness Is The Key*
- The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living*
- Ego Is The Enemy*
- The Obstacle Is The Way: the Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph*
- Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue*
- Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising*
- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator*
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy:
- RRP #239: Ryan Holiday On The Perils Of Ego & Inherent Value Of Humility
- RRP #168: Turning Adversity To Advantage: Ryan Holiday On Why The Obstacle Is The Way
- RRP #372: Strength In Stillness: Bob Roth On The Power Of Transcendental Meditation & Bringing Calm To The Center Of Life’s Storm
- RRP #448: The Awakening Of Russell Brand
*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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