IAmA former American Apparel executive who has written 4 books (before turning 29), never finished college, and live on a farm with mini-donkeys and a goat named Bucket. AMA
Hi reddit, my name is Ryan Holiday. You may have seen me around, especially if you spend anytime in /r/stoicism or /r/austin (and occasionally r/askhistorians). I love reddit and even included you all (collectively) in the acknowledgements of my last book.
I was formerly the director of marketing at American Apparel, a position I started when I was 22. I’ve also worked with Tim Ferriss, Robert Greene, Google, Taser, Tony Robbins and other cool people. I’m now 29 and just released my most recent book Ego Is The Enemy. It is a follow up on my last book The Obstacle Is The Way, which I thought would be a nerdy book about philosophy and ended up playing a very small part in the Patriots Super Bowl run in 2015. Sports Illustrated did a nice piece on the book you can read here. Ego is The Enemy is one I think lots of redditors would benefit from. 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.
A couple years ago I wrote a book about media manipulation Trust Me, I’m Lying and think Peter Thiel is awesome for going after Gawker.
Excited to be back and am looking forward to any questions you may have. AMA!
PS if you want a book recommendation...you can email me at [email protected] and I’ll think of a good one (not written by me) for you.
Hey everyone, taking a quick break to go for a run (after 4 hours of sitting in my chair). I'll be back after to keep answering. In the meantime, if you're asking yourself why you are so worked up about something...here's the answer.