I am Ryan Holiday -- "media manipulator," Director of Marketing at American Apparel, and bestselling author of “Trust Me, I’m Lying” and “The Obstacle Is The Way”
Hey reddit, my name is Ryan Holiday. I’m a redditor who also spends some time writing and advising for a living.
I’ve written 3 books in the past 2 years -- “Trust Me, I’m Lying," “Growth Hacker Marketing" and most recently “The Obstacle Is The Way," all published by Penguin. The premise of the book is based on a maxim by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” I'm obsessed with his Meditations and have been since I was 19. I expanded a small paragraph from it into an entire framework for dealing with problems, obstacles, opportunities, whatever by illustrating them with stories from history (including Edison, Eisenhower, Grant, Earhart, Rockefeller, Rommel, etc).
I also founded a marketing company which now has a diverse range of clients from bestselling authors (Tim Ferriss, Robert Greene, Marc Ecko, Matthew Berry, Tucker Max) to major label musicians to publicly traded companies (American Apparel) and am an editor at large for the New York Observer. I turn 27 next month.
As a special gift to my fellow redditors, anyone who emails me at [email protected] will get an exclusive 12 page PDF "The Obstacle Is The Way" reading list. The reading list is a collection of the books, articles, and links I used to create The Obstacle Is The Way. They all carry within them the spirit of the book and I hope you too can use them for inspiration as they did for me.
I’d love to answer any questions you may have on writing, reading, stoicism, marketing, media, or whatever you guys have in mind. AMA!
Note: Thanks everyone. I'm still going to answer questions but I have to step away to do some interviews so it will be more intermittent. Also I am doing an AMA in r/stoicism next week so we'll talk then!