I’m Ryan Holiday, author whose books brought ancient philosophy to the NFL, MLB and NBA...and just hit the NYT bestseller list for the first time. AMA
My name is Ryan Holiday.
I’ve written nine books over the past 7 years on everything from media manipulation to Peter Thiel’s conspiracy to Destroy Gawker with Hulk Hogan but now I mostly write about an obscure school of ancient philosophy: Stoicism. To pretty much everyone’s surprise--including my own--these books are now in 30+ languages and have sold over 2 million copies.
It’s been a weird ride but over the past few years, I’ve been asked to visit teams like the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Astros, Alabama Crimson Tide, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Texas Rangers and many others. I even spoke at the NFL Owners’ Meeting this year. The books have been read by Senators, billionaires, soldiers, actresses and lots of wonderful, ordinary people. Philosophy is alive and well!
I’m excited to see Stoicism resonate with people because that’s what philosophy is supposed to do--help you live ‘the good life,’ to flourish as a human being and a citizen...it’s not supposed to be about a bunch of big words no one can pronounce. In my opinion, if it’s intimidating, it’s being done wrong.
My most recent book, Stillness Is The Key, is about how philosophy can help you slowdown. See more clearly. Stop being easily triggered. And focus on what matters. I think in an era dominated by ‘hustle porn’, ‘outrage porn,’ and of course regular porn, stillness is something everyone could benefit from.
Outside of writing, I run a creative agency called Brass Check, live on a farm with too many animals, and take care of my two sons.
I’m excited to be here today and answer any questions reddit may have. AMA!
Edit: Proof. My donkey will be helping answer questions https://www.instagram.com/p/B4NZ6p2BbPs/