438: Ryan Holiday on Everyday Courage


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Ryan Holiday is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He’s a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many best-selling books.

In this episode, Eric and Ryan discuss his book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave

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In This Interview, Eric and Ryan Holiday Discuss Everyday Courage and …

  • His book, Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave
  • The 4 cardinal virtues that a good life depends on
  • Courage, both physical and moral, is the willingness to put yourself at risk
  • How fear gets in the way of courage
  • Learning to get specific with our fears
  • Courage is also about sharing our vulnerabilities with others
  • The importance of just getting started
  • How courage requires making decisions
  • Determining and gaining clarity on our personal values
  • Stoicism and how it encompasses the core virtues
  • Similarities and differences between Buddhism and Stoicism
  • Heroism goes beyond courage, doing something for the greater good or greater than oneself
  • How it requires courage to have belief and hope that things can change for the better
  • His courage to open a bookstore in the midst of the pandemic

Ryan Holiday Links:

Ryan’s Website




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