How high performers train their mind using Stoicism ft. Ryan Holiday

Episode 95Brute Strength


This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I’ll be interviewing author, marketer, and entrepreneur, Ryan Holiday. After working as, the Director of Marketing for American Apparel, Ryan went on to publish several books including “The Obstacle Is The Way”, which was reportedly read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl Victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In this episode we will be going into depth about some of the stoic practices highlighted in his books and how they can help you harness present moment awareness, improve your focus, and ultimately improve your athletic performance by teaching you how to reframe obstacles and turn them into opportunities. Ryan is incredibly smart and gifted in the way he presents age-old stoic philosophy. His teachings combined are a way of acting, thinking, and living that helps you overcome life’s adversities. If you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of his book. Enjoy the show.

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Topics of discussion:

[2:00] What is stoic philosophy?

[4:09] The Obstacle Is The Way

[12:00] Perception, Action, and Will

[16:30] Harnessing present moment awareness

[20:40] Ego Is The Enemy

[24:30] The canvas strategy; apprenticeship

[27:22] How Ryan handles his own ego & praise

[30:30] Stoicism & Sports

[39:37] Intense focus

[44:25] The study of history


Books To Base Your Life On (Reading list)
Official Website


The Obstacle Is The Way
Ego Is The Enemy
The Daily Stoic