Ryan Holiday is one of the most well-known names in Stoicism and mainstream philosophy books, with his approach to explaining Stoic precepts striking a great balance between relatability and tradition. Holiday’s latest work, Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favours The Bold, continues his path of writing inspirational books that will resonate for years to come.
The first book in a series that covers the four Stoic virtues of courage, temperance, wisdom and justice, Courage Is Calling dives into the backbone of Stoicism and highlights people who’ve truly extolled the virtue.
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Throughout history, philosophy has been a guiding force for people all over the world, shaping opinions and crafting ideologies. The same can be said for Stoicism, a school of philosophy that can be traced back to Ancient Greece and started with Zeno of Citium.
Thousands of years later, Stoicism continues to play a role in the way people live their lives and learn from the lessons that stoics like Zeno and Marcus Aurelius preached. These lessons are captured in great detail by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman in Lives Of The Stoics.
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“Here we are at the top of a mountain we worked hard to climb – or at least the summit is in sight. Now we face new temptations and problems. We breathe thinner air in an unforgiving environment. Why is success so ephemeral? Ego shortens it.
Whether a collapse is dramatic or a slow erosion, it’s always possible and often unnecessary. We stop learning, we stop listening, and we lose our grasp on what matters. We become victims of ourselves and the competition. Sobriety, open-mindedness, organisation, and purpose – these are the great stabilisers. They balance out the ego and pride that comes with achievement and recognition.”
This is one such passage from Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is The Enemy, a book that details all the pitfalls and dangers of believing in our own bullshit and thinking we have everything figured out. Packed full of real-world examples of people who fought against their ego and who let it consume them, Ego Is The Enemy is a fantastic book to read.
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