New Videos: Media Strategist Ryan Holiday on Practicing Stoic Insight
Ryan Holiday is a champion strategist of both marketing and motivation, working as a “sought-after guru” (says The New York Times) with NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. In these exlusive Lavin videos, Holiday discusses how stoic wisdom can be engaged on a daily basis at work and beyond.
The renowned media strategist behind celebrity authors Tucker Max and Timothy Ferriss, Ryan Holiday now draws on the wisdom of the stoics to motivate his audiences in their work, creative enterprises, and personal lives. His book The Daily Stoic distills the ancient wisdom of the stoic philosophers into 366 practical meditations, each meant to enrich and enliven our daily lives—at work, on the field, and in our relationships. In Ego Is the Enemy, Holiday shows how “the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts,” and provides helpful examples of major figures who’ve achieved success by eschewing the spotlight and putting the greater good above their own vanity. And in The Obstacle Is the Way, he shows us how to turn even the most insurmountable obstacles into advantages, inspired by a timeless set of philosophical principles used by icons from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart, Richard Wright to Steve Jobs.
In a recent visit to the Lavin HQ, Holiday spoke about the subjects that inspire him—whether that’s the timeless wisdom of the stoics, or learning from the successes (and failures) of others.
The former Director of Marketing at American Apparel, Holiday’s campaigns have been studied by YouTube, Twitter, and Google. His book Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising explains how multibillion dollar brands are built without spending a dime on ‘traditional marketing,’ and frames the overnight success of companies like Dropbox, Facebook, AirBnb, and Twitter. His latest book returns to the world of marketing and publicity: Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts explores iconic products, artworks, artists that achieve longevity in our disposable age.
In energetic and refreshingly transparent keynotes, Holiday conveys not just the way marketing works on us, but the meaning we can take from that to understand our clients—and ourselves—with more clarity.