Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is an American bestselling author, media strategist, marketer and entrepreneur. He has written extensively on the topic of marketing, culture, media manipulation, stoicism and human condition, and his work has been translated into thirty languages.

He’s the author of the books: Trust Me, I’m Lying (his first book, released in 2012), Growth Hacker Marketing, The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, Perennial Seller, and Conspiracy (2018) and Stillness is the Key (2019).

Holiday began his professional career after dropping out of college at 19. He worked for author Tucker Max and orchestrated a series of controversial media stunts for his movie launch. Later, he worked with Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, on Greene’s book The 50th Law. He’s the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel and former adviser to founder Dov Charney.

Holiday founded Brass Check, a creative advisory firm that specializes in working with authors, artists, media companies and startups. Their partners have directly advised, promoted or produced content for a diverse group of clients ranging from Google to Tony Robbins, Complex, James Altucher, Tim Ferriss, as well as essentially every major publishing house, including Amazon.

Most people follow Ryan’s work through his mailing list, a newsletter that he started 10 years ago and more than 150,000 people are subscribed to it. He sends a monthly list of the best books he read and recommends. Readers include entrepreneurs, NFL coaches, Big Five book editors, authors, students, book store owners, executives, and everyone in between.

Besides the articles he’s been publishing on his own blog since 2007, he’s a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer, but has also written for Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Entrepreneur, 99U, Boing Boing, and multiple other outlets.

Ryan says that: Stillness is one of the most powerful forces in the world--it's the ability to be calm, to slow down as the world speeds up, to make complex decisions, to find your purpose, to get your life in order (even amidst chaos and pressure). Stillness is the key to what we want and what we need to be better people, better thinkers, better doers. To me stillness is Kennedy in the Cuban Missile Crisis, it's Marcus Aurelius with his journals, it's Tom Brady down 28-3 in the Super Bowl, it's Martin Luther under interrogation: Here I stand, I can do no other. 

Twitter: @RyanHoliday

Books Written by Ryan Holiday

Books Recommended by Ryan Holiday

Man's Search for Meaning - The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust

by Viktor E. Frankl

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

by Phil Knight

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Being Nixon: A Man Divided

by Evan Thomas

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

by James B. SteeleDonald L. Barlett

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV

by Robert A. Caro

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

by John Seabrook

The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion

by Wendy Williams

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

by Cal Newport

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

by Bill WalshSteve JamisonCraig Walsh

The Winner Within

by Pat Riley

The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

by John WoodenSteve Jamison

The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello

by Anthony de Mello

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by Jon Ronson

George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon

by Stephen W. Sears

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

by S.C. Gwynne

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by Adam Smith

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