Over the past two weeks, I’ve read two books that have fundamentally changed my perspective and outlook on life- quake books, if you will. Both by Ryan Holiday, they are Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle is The Way- although they’re supposed to go the other way around. Holiday is strongly influenced by the stoics, and gives the reader a modern, approachable take on how to apply their practical wisdom to life.
In the following TEDx Talk, Ryan gives his take on stoic optimism, which is a fundamental lesson to be taken from the books’ pages, and is inherently practical advice for modern life.
These are two books I know I will return to again and again, since they contain a philosophy and world view that is powerful and yet inherently practical. I highly recommend giving them a read (or listen) if you can- they may just change your outlook on life.
Do you have a “quake book”?
Lots of love,