Ryan Holiday on stoicism and why ego is the enemy.

Ryan Holiday Talks Stoicism and Why Ego Is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday Talks Stoicism and Why Ego Is the Enemy

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May 4 2016 1:28 PM

Ryan Holiday Talks Stoicism and Why Ego Is the Enemy

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Ryan Holiday.
Ryan Holiday.

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Listen to this episode of the Moment with guest Ryan Holiday:


Ryan Holiday is a writer, marketer, and entrepreneur best known for his books Trust Me, I’m Lying and The Obstacle Is the Way. Ryan’s latest book, Ego Is the Enemy, is due out in early June. Preorder it today by clicking here. Holiday talks about why he wrote a book about stoicism [5:00], how he came up with the idea for Ego Is the Enemy [14:00], and the different ideas he still grapples with in his writing [27:00]. Plus, he discusses the difference between ego and confidence [33:00] and why your most important networking tool is asking smart questions [46:00].

Topics mentioned:
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman by William T. Sherman
Night Shift by Stephen King
The Path to Power by Robert Caro
Courage Under Fire by James B. Stockdale
Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.