May 10, 2023
Nine years ago, I was picking up the pieces of my life.
Corporate had knocked me to the ground.
I found myself divorced, in poor health, and missing my kids.
That’s when I found something I wasn’t looking for.
It was a book: The Obstacle Is The Way, by Ryan Holiday.
Not only was that book tremendously helpful in turning my trials into triumphs, but it gave me my first living
We all need heroes — people that can “pull” us forward, especially in our dark times.
With a prolific nature, Ryan has championed the modern rebirth of ancient Stoic philosophy — a practical system I revisit daily to live my best life.
But it’s not the 15 books he’s written. Instead, Ryan (the person) has influenced me the most.
He doesn’t know it, but I’ve stayed “best friends” with him over the last decade.
Our relationship has evolved. We’ve gone through four phases so far.
Stoicism helped me become emotionally bulletproof. These days, I don’t waste my time on what I can’t control. Instead, I’m living in gratitude and courageous action. Check out The Daily Stoic for all of Ryan’s material.
My father instilled a love of writing in me, but I long struggled to channel it. Ryan’s prolific nature (producing at least one book per year and sending daily emails) gave me focus and a high bar. I’m now shipping daily content to the world and will release multiple books in the coming years.
While writing is Ryan’s trade, it’s clear he’s developed impressive business acumen. He’s growing an empire that serves the world and knows how to leverage it.
But beyond selling millions of books, he:
Stepping back, I see the impressive system in action. At the core, it’s him — his personal brand and the Stoic life he champions. This strategy is a guiding light for me as an entrepreneur.
I have four kids, and I want to be the most loving, supportive, and impactful dad I can be for them. So seeing Ryan’s devotion to his two kids ignites a fire within me. And his Daily Dad content has been immensely valuable.
I definitely go through phases when studying Ryan and my other heroes. We’ll spend time apart for months and then rekindle our relationship (again, only I know this).
I’ve internalized so much of him that I often catch myself speaking like him or asking, “WWRD?”
These are all healthy signs that I’m doing the work to study and emulate my heroes.
We must have heroes in our lives (dead and alive).
And we must do the active work to engage with them.
That’s the only way they can “pull” us forward into the career and life we dream of.
So, who are your heroes?
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