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20 Best Lessons From Interviewing Today’s Top Performers

I’m not saying everyone should start a podcast. In fact, I have said the opposite many times. There are way too many of them out there…and most are not good. I’m just saying that having a podcast is pretty magical because you get (for free) something that no amount of money in the world could buy: Access to some of the smartest and most interesting...

If You Only Read A Few Books In 2023, Read These

It’d be wonderful if a new year magically marked a new beginning. But 2022, like all years, reminded us that the same things keep happening, that world events continue on in their own unpredictable way and that in the end, we control very little but our own actions and opinions. One of my favorite quotes—enough that I have it inscribed on the wall...

Robert Greene & Ryan Holiday Live in Conversation

Power, Seduction, Ego and Destiny An Evening of Conversation and Philosophy with Robert Greene & Ryan Holiday Friday, March 10, 2023 Sydney Goldstein Theater San Francisco, CA https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2874 Saturday, March 11, 2023 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/event/4824

All Success Is A Lagging Indicator

The other day I sat down to write. But it didn’t happen. It just wasn’t there. The words. The momentum. One thought leading into the next. I knew I wanted to say something. I knew what I wanted it to be about. But I couldn’t get much further than that, beyond just a few sentences. A classic case of writer’s block, right? Maybe. Except I happen to...

The Secret To Better Habits in 2023

It’s kind of crazy to think how recent December 2019 feels. Not that long ago, it seems, we were getting ready for what a new decade might bring us. It’s even crazier when the truth settles in: 2019 was THREE years ago. We are well into that decade. And so much has changed. So much has happened. But at the same time, so little has changed. We’re still...

Why A Stoic Wakes Up Early

One morning in the middle of the second century AD, the most powerful man in the world was awakened by his orderly. It could have been in his tent on the front lines of the war in Germania. It could have been somewhere along his frequent and arduous travels across the empire—in Asia Minor or Syria, Egypt, Greece, or Austria. But chances are it was...

The (Very) Best Books I Read In 2022

Before the best books of 2022 — The 2023 Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge is open for registration! For the last four years, the New Year New You Challenge—a set of 21 actionable challenges, presented one per day, built around the best wisdom in Stoic philosophy—has helped thousands of people get the best out of themselves. Don’t wait to better...

If You Want to Be Smart, You Must Do This

There are lots of smart people. There are not a lot of people who can do this smart thing. The poet John Keats called it “negative capability”—the mental fortitude to be able to entertain multiple contradictory ideas in your head at the same time. Or as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold...

Can You Be Grateful Even For This?

Gratitude, like forgiveness, is something we pay lip service to but struggle with in practice. It’s one of those things, as I like to say, that’s simple…but not easy. Today, Thanksgiving here in America, is a day where we’re supposed to take the time to think about what we’re grateful for. And the candidates are usually pretty obvious: We should be...

How The Struggles Of Opening A Small Town Bookstore Made Me A Better Writer

There was more than one moment in the depths of the pandemic that the decision to open a small town bookstore seemed like the absolute worst idea in the world—a monument to arrogance and self-indulgence. At first we couldn’t open. Then we didn’t feel right opening. Then a freak storm (and political incompetence) shut down the power grid, leading to...

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