Ryan Holiday says that embracing true ‘stillness’ is the key to exceptional work performance — and better parenting

Ryan Holiday and Dan Schawbel.

Dan Schawbel is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and host of the “5 Questions with Dan Schawbel” podcast, where he interviews world-class humans by asking them just five questions in under 10 minutes.
He recently interviewed Ryan Holiday, the bestselling author of “Stillness Is the Key,” “Ego is the Enemy,” and “The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.”
Ryan defines stillness as being present and having clarity of intention.
He says, “We’re not experiencing the stillness that we need to make good decisions, to be happy, and to bring our best work out from wherever it comes from.”
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Even though he dropped out of college as a teenager, Ryan Holiday received his education by apprenticing under some of the most successful authors of the past decade, including Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max, and Robert Greene.

After supporting the book marketing campaign for Greene’s “The 50th Law,” Greene introduced Ryan to the CEO of American Apparel. Ryan served as the director of marketing for the company from 2009 until 2014, where he was responsible for many notable media stunts, which became the inspiration for his first book “Trust Me, I’m Lying.” Since then, he’s written several other books, including “The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph,” “Ego Is the Enemy,” and his latest, “Stillness Is the Key.”

In the below conversation, Ryan shares his life philosophies, tips on how to disconnect from technology to be more present, achieving stillness, stoicism’s affect on his parenting, and his best career advice.

Dan Schawbel: After all of this time, what is most changed for you, and what’s remained the same in terms of your philosophy and how you operate in your life?

Ryan Holiday: That’s a good question. I don’t know how much has changed. I’m the same person, but I feel like what you’re doing is solving the obvious problems in your life, and then you’re going up that hierarchy of needs so that the problems get seemingly less urgent, but ultimately much more important and consequential. Part of what I’m doing in this book is asking, “When you’ve gotten through the obstacles, when you’ve gotten your life or your career or your business on track, what’s the next problem?” What this book is solving for is this thing that so many of us are feeling right now and I’ve always felt, which is that we’re overwhelmed. We’re not experiencing the stillness that we need to make good decisions, to be happy, and to bring our best work out from wherever it comes from.

DS: This is something I’ve noticed as well since I’m studying the same topic. People are responding to business email and messages outside of work, on weekends, on vacation, just everywhere. People feel like they need to constantly be connected, but how can they start to disconnect and be more present?

RH: One of the things that I’ve …read more

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