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Ryan Holiday

Author of 'Stillness is the Key,' 'Conspiracy,' 'Ego is the Enemy' & 'The Obstacle Is The Way' https://t.co/JQU9XasYsw. Creator of @DailyStoic

Austin, TX

Joined on 8 April, 2007


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“Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty." @tferriss

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"Show me a man who isn’t a slave; one who is a slave to sex, another to money, another to ambition; all are slaves to hope or fear." Seneca

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"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." Ernest Hemingway

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Replying to @dailystoic: Some more daily questions from the Stoics:

- What habit bonfires am I fueling? (Epictetus)
- What would Cato do? (Seneca)…

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Some more daily questions from the Stoics:

- What habit bonfires am I fueling? (Epictetus)
- What would Cato do? (Seneca)
- Why am I doing this? Out of thoughtless habit? (Musonius Rufus)
- Is there anything better than justice, wisdom, moderation, and courage? (Marcus Aurelius)

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"In the end, you win through superior craftsmanship, not marketing." @RobertGreene

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On the @dailystoic podcast, I talked with Cal Newport about why a busy day isn’t always a better day, and how to ensure you have time to get work done.

Hear the rest here:

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From Meditations. @dailystoic

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Imagine putting up a monument to the traitors who stormed the capitol on 1/6 and then maintaining it with taxpayer money for a century...Happy to be involved with this event on Monday

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Quoted @bentaub91

“It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection... and we’ll do it as many times as it takes.”

We need more General Sherman's like this hero.

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“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” Viktor Frankl

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“This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.” Seneca

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9. Don’t talk about the book (as much as you can help it)

Don’t talk about projects until you’re finished. Save that carrot for the end. Talking and doing fight for the same resources.

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8. Have a model in mind

Thucydides had Herodotus. Gibbon had Thucydides. Shelby Foote had Gibbon. Every playwright since Shakespeare has had Shakespeare. Everyone has a master to learn from. (For me it’s been @robertgreene)

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7. Strenuous exercise

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of a great line or solved an intractable writing problem while running or swimming.

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10. Love the process

If you’re in it for external rewards, god help you… A Confederacy of Dunces was rejected by publishers… after the author’s suicide, it won the Pulitzer. People don’t know shit. YOU know. So love it while you’re doing it. Success can only be extra.

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6. Work with great people

Success requires greater investment in the creative process. Pay for professional help. There’s that saying: if you think pros are expensive, try hiring an amateur.

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4. Have something to say

“To have something to say,” Schopenhauer said, “by itself is virtually a sufficient condition for good style.”

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5. Make commitments

I turn in a book proposal for my next book before my latest one comes out. When I have a commitment that I know I have to meet, Resistance doesn’t have the time or space to creep in. Meet deadline or death.

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