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About Ryan

#1 NY Times Bestselling Author, 'Obstacle is the Way,' and 'Trust Me, I'm Lying,' Former Director of Marketing, American Apparel

Few writers have done more to bring ancient, timeless wisdom and cutting-edge marketing strategies together than Ryan Holiday.By age 33, his philosophically driven bestselling books have sold over four million copies and spent more than 200 weeks on bestseller lists. His books are taught in colleges and marketing programs around the world, including Trust Me I’m Lying, which revealed the massive vulnerabilities (and opportunities) in the global media system in 2012. He has directly influenced Super Bowl-winning teams like the New England Patriots, NBA Champions like the San Antonio Spurs, and Olympic Gold Medalists, as well as sitting Senators, military leaders and some of the biggest and most important companies in the world like Google, Twitter and Microsoft.

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At the core of Ryan’s teachings is Stoicism, popularized through the #1 NY Times Bestseller Stillness is the Key, Obstacle is the Way, and his latest, Lives of the Stoics. What is Stoicism? The idea that while we don’t always control what happens to us in life, we always control how we respond. Illustrated vividly with stories from the greats (and not-so-greats) of history, Ryan provides a framework for overcoming obstacles, scaling new challenges and battling both the ups and downs and life. Profiled by the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, Ryan counts among his clients and followers some of the biggest names in business, tech, culture and professional athletics.

Ryan lives in Austin, TX where he does his writing in between raising cattle, donkeys and goats.

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What Ryan Talks About

The Obstacle is the Way

Through lessons learned from history’s greats, understand how embracing the impediments between you and your goal can become your path to success.

Conquer Your Ego

At every stage of life, ego holds us back. Learn how you can liberate yourself to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.

Lasting Impact

Understand the difference between products and companies that appear in our lives as fads for a short while, and those that have a lasting impact on the way we think, live and work.”