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Episode 48- Ryan Holiday on How to Turn Obstacles into Advantages

October 4, 2018 • Book Club
Ryan Holiday

The New York Times calls him “a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.” Ryan Holiday is a marketing expert who made a name for himself as the director of marketing for American Apparel and has gone on to work with clients like Google, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss. He’s the bestselling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemyand his books have sold more than 1.3 million copies. On this episode, Ryan shows us how to turn even the most insurmountable obstacles into advantages. We talk about what we can learn from the ancient philosophy of stoicism, the power of staying present, and why most of our failures are self-inflicted.

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Show Notes

  • How he decides what book projects to pursue (2:00)
  • The core principles of stoicism (3:18)
  • How Ryan first embraced the ancient philosophy of stoicism and how it applies to our world today (4:25)
  • Ryan Holiday’s following in the sports world and the hunger to gain a mental edge (6:02)
  • The relentless focus on improvement as a wall against ego (9:06)
  • Fearlessness stays present (11:57)
  • The discipline of managing your energy (13:00)
  • How to turn a setback into a pathway forward (14:30)
  • The discipline of perception: “it’s not things that upset us; it’s our judgment about things.” (19:28)
  • Why purpose is a more important driver than passion (22:33)
  • Purpose is passion at a directed level (24:18)
  • The things we control: our reactions, our thoughts, our emotions, the ability to change direction (26:25)
  • A defining moment in Ryan’s life (29:23)
  • A reminder he uses to stay present in the moment (33:10)

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