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Instant number one New York Times best seller and Wall Street Journal best seller

In The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, best-selling 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 audiobook, 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. 

©2019 Ryan Holiday (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"In this age of manufactured outrage and constant distraction, the ability to choose a focused inner stillness is arguably more important than ever before. Ryan Holiday’s book revives ancient wisdom that calls for a quiet life in a noisy and restless world." (Mark Manson, number one best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"The next Malcolm Gladwell. Ryan Holiday's just brilliant." (Lance Armstrong)

"Whether you are an athlete, an investor, a writer or an entrepreneur, this little but wise and soulful book will open the door to a healthier, less anxious and more productive life and career." (Arianna Huffington)

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Best book I’ve ever listened to

After having an audible account for years and listening to thousands of books, this one stands alone as my favourite.

If other books are a 10; this one must then be a 20.

Someday I would love to travel from my home in the Ottawa Valley and travel to Texas to shake Ryan’s hand.

I am a better man today for having listened to this and by more importantly taking the time to be still.

Cory

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More of the same

I’ve read Ego & Obstacle and really enjoyed them. This book was more or less the same. Short chapters, historical figure study, common sense philosophy lessons. Ryan is a poor reader and really doesn’t do his writings any justice with a monotone, uninteresting voice and cadence. Found myself counting down on this book anxiously awaiting jumping over to my next book. Some good lessons here, but if you’ve already read his other books, it’s just more of the same.

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A great read!

Another very helpful book on my minimalst journey. Lots of wonderful stories, references and ideas. A practical book for anyone looking to simplify and bring more meaning to their lives.

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Really enjoyed this book

I like how Ryan writes, it's easy to get through! When I hit the last chapter I was honestly sad it was over. Some great lessons within. Disciplined in your discipline, moderate in your moderation. Love it!

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Was ok to begin with...

Performance is boring and monotone, some of the stories were ok until the... Religious blah blah blah? Save your money, move along.

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never upset with the books of Ryan

I loved it , simple and so profound ! it's my second book of his and I will keep reading his books

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Great book!

Great book from start to finish! Ryan Holiday's books are so consistently well-written, interesting and thought provoking.

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stoicism if you still live in Platos Cave

very simple, some good info but very basic and could learn more about stoicism watching a few youtube videos

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Perfect Medicine

What a gem of a book this is; not to mention the perfect global climate to immerse oneself in Ryan's words and refreshing vision. For whatever my opinion may be worth, I highly, highly, recommend this book.

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Just listen and grow!

Well researched, succinct and impactful. Filled with knowledge that can be actioned which ultimately leads only to growth, progress and hopefully, wisdom. A wonderful book to read on a walk or even a sit in your backyard or even better, barefoot amongst nature.

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  • Vincent Karaboulad
  • 2019-10-30

An inspiring read...

Despite an annoying transition music and an overly judgmental stance on interpersonal relationships. Also, it’s a shame the book ended on an advertisement section, Memento Mori would have been great last words.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2020-02-22

Thank you Ryan !

So well written. We need this message more than ever ! It has guided me and will guide my life to the path of stillness.

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  • Lisa M. Marshall
  • 2019-10-22

Wisdom Doesn't Change

For anyone who dislikes history or philosophy, try this book. Its message isn't new, but has been around for 2,000 years. Holiday manages to establish an elegant nexus between the wisdom of the stoics and the challenges of the noisy, frenetic, time in which we live. Stillness is necesary now more than ever.

I prefer listening to the author's voice and not the voice of a narrator. Holiday's cadence is his own; the cadence is lovely and would be lost with someone else reading his words. I hope this is not Holday's last book and that he continues to share with us his insights.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-22

Be still and listen

Fresh off of my first listen and I can attest it’s worth the money and time. I rarely, if ever, listen to an audiobook from start to finish in one day but I could not stop listening to this one. I love how the author weaves interesting historical stories in and out of the teachings in this book. And calls back to them over multiple chapters. It builds the book as a real-life reference to how stillness can/should be used.

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  • Lilianni D.
  • 2019-10-25

Very similar to the other books of him

This is not a waist of time you will learn and enjoy it, the only thing is that is somehow repetitive about the stories and teaching of the other books of him (Ego is the enemy and the obstacle is the way)

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  • JB
  • 2019-10-01

A framework for a balanced life.

Ryan Holiday is one of my favorite writers, and same for many of my friends and clients. All entrepreneurs or creators that strive to maximize what they're able to accomplish in our short time on this world. But what's beyond just the maximization of efficiency? What about the maximization of wellbeing? The mental health side of our VC/startup/side hustle culture is often overshadowed or entirely ignored. What if we applied the same strategic thinking that we apply to our work, to our wellbeing? Ryan is asking the questions here that are more valuable than perhaps anything you'll pull off a self help aisle. Because as I've seen time and time again, with my clients and even personally, it doesn't matter how successful you may appear to be socially or financially - no more money or fame can replace the feeling of intentional inner stillness in your life. Until you can hold ownership over your inner world, the anxiety, and stress, you are owned by the outside world. Please Ryan, keep writing and fighting the good fight, you inspire me brother.

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  • Kat Niewiadomska
  • 2019-12-31

Great content stilted by performance

Great content that was unfortunately detracted
From by the voice of the narrator and the performance. I had to force myself to keep listening despite being so irritated by it. I recommend you read this book instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-01

so much yes

I've been struggling to find a framework to pull myself out of a rut. As an atheist, a lot of advice or guidance comes from various religious texts, which just don't jive for me. But this book probably gave me exactly what I needed, and a new path of self exploration through study of stoicism and philosophy. well done book and a good narration.

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  • Mark
  • 2019-10-04

Supremely Satisfying Synthesis!

I'm a long time Holiday fan but who cares? Urge your friends to read this one first. WOW. Gentle synthesis of the commonalities of so many philosophies and primary religions. it's as though the spirit of the universe is right here and inside a still river runs deep. Guided by Epictetus, Seneca, Buddha and Aurelius, we see Woods, Merton, Jordan, Cherney, Huffington, Lincoln, Kennedy... Stillness is indeed the key. Yes, I'm excited to write this review, but in so doing my centered, grounded, deliberate sentiments are delivered in gratitude. Quiet. Still.

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  • LoveLosAngeles
  • 2019-10-23

I can’t handle the narration

Author/narrator’s speaking cadence is annoying and it sounds like he’s wearing a retainer. You have to be in the mood to listen to a long history story after story.

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  • Corey A Liepelt
  • 2019-10-23

Good book, bad narration

With very few exceptions, authors should not narrate their own audiobooks. Ryan Holiday is an accomplished author who is interesting to listen to when interviewed, but he is not a professional voiceover. Although I enjoyed the content of this book, listening to Holiday read it with awkward breaks between words and phrases was a challenge that ultimately detracted from my enjoyment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-10-08

Needs to be read by a professional voice talent

I was excited to get this title, but quickly disappointed. The author, who undoubtedly is talented at writing, decided that he's also a professional voice talent. He is not. The pace and cadence, along with his tone, made it unlistenable. Within a half hour I knew I wouldn't be able to listen to the rest, and returned the title. Will have to get the book and do it the old fashioned way.

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