Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a new generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology. In his new book, Stillness Is the Key, Holiday draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.
All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.
In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.
Holiday also examines figures who exemplified the power of stillness: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who in balancing his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting at his Chartwell estate managed to save the world from annihilation in the process; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children to see what was invisible to the eye; Anne Frank, whose journaling and love of nature guided her through unimaginable adversity.
More than ever, people are overwhelmed. They face obstacles and egos and competition. Stillness Is the Key offers a simple but inspiring antidote to the stress of 24/7 news and social media. The stillness that we all seek is the path to meaning, contentment, and excellence in a world that needs more of it than ever.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Media strategist Ryan Holiday knows that sometimes the most important thing to do is…nothing at all. Thanks to his measured, peaceful reading style, his audiobook really drives home the key messages of Stillness Is the Key. Holiday sounds completely calm distilling wisdom from Stoic and Buddhist philosophy into easy-to-understand guidelines for keeping our heads together during our overstimulated, overscheduled days. He uses famous examples—from Winston Churchill to Oprah Winfrey—to illustrate how success can be found by harnessing the power of serenity. Whether you have a favorite meditation app or have a hard time sitting still, this book will inspire you to find your focus and tune in to your inner voice. It made us excited to embrace the quieter side of life.
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Narration made it unlistenable
All due respect to the author, who chose to narrate his own book, I could not listen to his choppy speech patterns and monotone voice. Barely listened to 25% of the book and gave up.
Amazing compliment to Ryan’s other work
There’s one author who’s work I can definitively say has changed my life. That’s Ryan Holiday. This book was a perfect complement to ego is the enemy and obstacle is the way. Practical examples from both modern and ancient times. Totally applicable for today.