Practical Philosophy, Career Advice, and Tools For Better Learning -- With Ryan Holiday

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Today, I speak with a writer and thinker whose work I’ve admired for years -- Ryan Holiday. As many of you know, I've shared his insights on my Instagram page from time to time over the years.

If you're not familiar with Ryan, here's a little background:

He’s a writer and media strategist. He dropped out of college when he was 19 to apprentice under best-selling author Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power (another one of my favorite writers and books).

From there he went on to become the director of marketing for American Apparel -- at 19 years old! 

Today, he has a creative agency called Brass Check, and advises massive companies such as Google and Complex, as well as many prominent best-selling authors (including more of my favorites) like Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss, to name a few.

Philosophy is the ultimate self-help. It’s the important work we should be doing. Because if you’re not going to do it, then who is? And if you’re not going to do it NOW, then when are you going to do it?
— Ryan Holiday

Ryan is the author of seven books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and Perennial Seller. He also has a new book out now called Conspiracy.

The Obstacle Is the Way is probably my personal favorite. It addresses the subject of perspective exceptionally well and has tons of practical insights and strategies for turning trials into triumph.

In our conversation, I ask Ryan about his mindset and attitude toward philosophy, reading, his early success and much more. One of my favorite parts is when Ryan talks about how he writes about the things he struggles with and the things he works on every day. I really related to him about that.

You can connect with Ryan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @RyanHoliday or through his website ryanholiday.net.

I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from the episode. Let me know by leaving a review on iTunes with something that resonated with you in this episode. (I read every single review).

Show Notes and Time Stamps

  • The mindset and career strategy that contributed to much of Ryan’s early success (6:00)
  • How Ryan became an apprentice/mentee to author Robert Greene (8:00)
  • The importance of a network (11:25)
  • One of Ryan’s biggest takeaways from his relationship with Robert Greene (14:15)
  • Why Ryan gravitates toward Stoicism as a guiding philosophy for his life (21:00)
  • Why ancient philosophy often bears out modern day truths (25:15)
  • The ultimate purpose of philosophy and the benefits of Stoicism (27:00)
  • How Ryan cultivates the ability to think clearly and rationally (32:00)
  • Ryan’s philosophy for dealing with criticism (35:30)
  • Why it’s important to have a predetermined philosophy for your life (38:30)
  • Ryan’s note taking process for remembering what he reads (42:15)
  • How Ryan deals with overthinking (47:25)
  • Some of the books and movies that have influenced Ryan (50:00)


Books & Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode

Check out Ryan’s latest book: Conspiracy.


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

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Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


5 Ways to Increase Your Intelligence

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I'm obsessed with the human brain. I'm especially interested in how to make it work better — how to think better, how to learn better and how to maximize my overall cognitive potential.

Books like Brain Rules and audio courses like "Your Best Brain" have been a big help with this. I'm also a fan of brain-supporting foods, herbs, and supplements like walnuts, bacopa, and omega-3s.

One evening, I went down a brain research rabbit hole (just another one of my crazy Friday nights) and came across this Scientific American article that talked about strategies for increasing one's fluid intelligence.

I was struck by the approaches outlined in the article. They made sense to me both logically and intuitively -- and they were backed by science to boot.

In this episode, I summarize those strategies and give you actionable ways to integrate them into your life.

Enjoy!


Did you learn something from this episode? I’d love to hear your biggest takeaway from this or any other episode. Let me know by leaving a review on iTunes and telling me what you learned. Yes, I read every single review!

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

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Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Cultivating Creativity with Writer and Creative Mentor Markus Almond

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If you're a writer, musician, or other creative type (OR, if you would like tips on how to become more creative) I think you'll find a lot value in this episode.

I’ve shared the writings of today’s guest numerous times on my Instagram page, ThinkGrowProsper. His name is Markus Almond. You might not recognize the name but there’s a good chance you’ve seen a quote from his books on my Instagram page or somewhere else on the internet.

Markus is the author of the book Motivational Quotes to Get the Blood Moving, a collection of notes he wrote to himself to help guide him in different areas of his life.

I came across this book in a random Brooklyn bookstore I wandered into one day while Vanessa and I were visiting New York. I resonated with many of his insights and have wanted to pick his brain ever since.

Who is Markus Almond?

Markus started his career in the music industry as a songwriter with many of his songs played on MTV, E! Network and other television shows.

After moving to New York, he transitioned into writing books and poetry. Many of his works ended up reaching the Amazon best-sellers list.

I was impressed when I learned that some of his earlier self-published works were shared by celebrities and popular artists like Travis Barker (Blink-182), Rob Dyrdek (MTV), Steven Pressfield (War of Art), and others. In our conversation, I ask Markus how he was able to accomplish this.

After his success in the music industry and then later as a published author, he began teaching some of the principles he’d learned to other songwriters and authors. Today, he runs a mentorship program for songwriters and authors of all genres.

One of Markus’ deeply held beliefs is that success in any creative field can be replicated no matter where a person is starting from.

You can connect with Markus through Instagram (@MarkusAlmond) or through his website MarkusAlmond.com

Show Notes and Time Stamps

  • How he wrote his book, Motivational Quotes to Get the Blood Moving (8:45)
  • Markus’ thoughts on intuition (13:45)
  • Strategies he uses to cultivate his intuition (18:20)
  • What compelled Markus to change careers from his punk rock music lifestyle to becoming a writer (19:25)
  • Markus’ writing process (22:05)
  • How Markus got influential people like Travis Barker, Rob Dyrdek, Steven Pressfield to share his work on social media (22:35)
  • The number one piece of advice he gives his coaching clients when it comes to getting their message out there (25:45)
  • His views on self-publishing (23:45)
  • Tips for cultivating creativity (28:55)
  • His top book recommendations for creatives (31:55)
  • How he got best-selling author Steven Pressfield to give him feedback on his book (38:20)
  • Creative strategies Markus has used to get his work out there (39:45)
  • What a “Dream 100” list is and why he thinks it’s important (42:45)
  • His three most important principles for success in any field (45:00)
  • The concept of a "Customer Avatar" and why it's important (48:00)
  • The overarching philosophy/ethic that guides his life (49:55)


Selected Links and Resources From the Episode

Markus’ zine: Brooklyn to Mars - Issue #12

Motivational Quotes to Get the Blood Moving by Markus Almond

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Hundred Dollar Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Dotcom Secrets Russell Brunson

His website MarkusAlmond.com


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Doing Meaningful Work and Understanding Yourself Better -- with Maker and Author Jonathan Fields

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Jonathan Fields (@jonathanfields) is an award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, and teacher. He's founded a number of game-changing wellness companies and has led workshops around the world on everything from yoga and mindfulness to conscious entrepreneurship and innovation. 

His most recent book is called How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom. I highly recommend it -- super inspiring read. (You can read the first chapter for free at GoodLifeProject.com/book).

Currently, he runs the mission-driven media and education company, Good Life Project®, where he produces a top-rated podcast of the same name with millions of downloads. I've had the honor of appearing on his podcast, which happens to be how we first connected.

Jonathan regularly keynotes at events and has been featured in a variety of media outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, People, O Magazine, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, and many others. 

But more importantly, he's one of the kindest, most genuine, and down-to-earth people you could ever meet. I'm extremely fortunate to call him a friend.


Show Notes and Time Stamps

We had a fun conversation and we cover topics such as: 

  • The value of psychological and personality frameworks (5:52)
     
  • Jonathan's career trajectory and its common themes (16:22)
     
  • Jonathan's approach to learning a new subject (19:07)
     
  • Jonathan's views on bridging the gap between science and spirituality (23:22)
     
  • Jonathan's philosophy on doing meaningful work (31:22)
     
  • The "Purpose/Flow/Expression" Venn diagram model (34:05)
     
  • The difference between doing what excites you and what distracts you (41:17)
     
  • The 5 Love Languages and how they can improve your life (45:37)

...and more!


Selected Links and Resources From the Episode:

See what Jonathan is up to at GoodLifeProject.com

Listen to his top-rated podcast, Good Life Project Podcast.

Grab his inspiring book, How To Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Big 5 Personality Model

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Jonathan's upcoming podcast -- LoveFullStop.com


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If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

What did you think about this episode? Leave me a comment below!


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.