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Ryan Holiday: The Urgent Need for Stoicism

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After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, Ryan Holiday became the director of marketing at American apparel, one of the biggest fashion brands in the world. He then founded a creative agency and has written 10 books including bestsellers such as, The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and Stillness is the Key.

Today we’re talking about the practical side of living the life you want. Studying the lives of the stoics- learning HOW to think rather than WHAT to think, opens up incredible new areas of growth and opportunity. Ryan shares in depth about how, in his 20s, he laid the groundwork to achieve his current level of success and fulfillment. There’s so much to unpack in his story, including:

  • Setting creative priorities
  • Institutional and cultural roadblocks of being an artist
  • Being an artist with a day job
  • The applicability of Stoicism in today’s era
  • The purpose of philosophy
  • The power of writing as a medium

If you dig the episode, you’ll love Ryan’s new book, Lives of the Stoics.


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