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Stillness Is the Key

Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world.

This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this audiobook shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

©2019 Ryan Holiday (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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A worthy finale to my favourite trilogy.

It may not be very still of me but I’ve already listened to this 3 times since it was released 3 days ago...
Another masterpiece from Ryan.

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Some good bits in there

I certainly learned quite a few new things and it made me think. However I kept feeling like Holiday had selection bias on the stories he picked. We never heard about anyone who practices all the same things the great and famous people do, but still failed miserably.

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A very much needed listen during turbulent times

This book brings back into focus the important things in life, especially during a time where most people are so caught up in the sometimes unnecessary busyness of the day to day. It highlights the need to nourish your mind, body and soul through time dedicated to quietness, introspection and active leisure.

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great read

the author done well with this! it was definitely worth the purchase and read. good job 👍

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Valuable and Timely

I loved the message and principles of this book and will continue to reference it. There is plenty of wisdom here that can easily and profoudly be adapted into anyone's life. I feel really glad to have read it.

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audobook and chill

I enjoyed it. thank you, Ryan, for showing bit of your soul. I used this audiobook like chat with my best friend chatting through all my troubles and he was showing me other perspecitve. found confort and encouragement. once again thank you and spirit/soul/god bless you and your family.

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A seminal text for the ages

Every now and then a text resonates with you so deeply that you are moved and happily accept your life has changed for the better, forever. The idea of stillness is a captivating one and every chapter poignantly explains how to achieve it in the three realms of mind, spirit and body. Full of wonderful quotes, historic anecdotes and poetic prose, Ryan does a great job of building his arguments through engaging stories and inspiring calls to action. Recommend to anyone who’s looking for a deeper more philosophical look at what it is to live a sound and peaceful life whilst also wanting tangible examples of how to move towards attaining this tranquil stillness. A truly stunning read.

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Really enjoyed it

Another great book by Ryan holiday, things in this book I will add into my life, stillness is the key

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Ryan Holiday for president

The wisdom that Ryan has shared in all of his other books continues in his latest. Stillness is the Key is a fantastic example of Ryan’s ability to capture key philosophical lessons in an easy to grasp way backed by stories of the greats who have done it prior! Highly recommend for anyone looking for wisdom and growth!

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the great book on stoicism

a must for anyone who wants to read about stowism and stillness to improve your life.

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  • Paul
  • 27-10-2019

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Another great Audio Book by a Ryan, I'm grateful that I found his work and now have the tools to tackle life and upgrade my internal operating software to become a better human, Father, Husband, Son, Neighbour, Friend, etc

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  • Junaid
  • 06-01-2020

Very insightful and Practical.

Very well researched and the recommendations and strategies can be put to use immediately. Thank you for writing this Ryan

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  • Emil Smith
  • 16-07-2020

Really find stillness in all areas of your life...

I've listened to this book at least 5 times, and it has become a kind of "reference book" when I think of how I want to shape and live my life. It covers all the different areas of your life, and can be applied to both your professional life as well as your personal life.

Ryan brings together the thoughts and writings from many different philosophies, mainly focusing on Stoicism, to really challenge you to look at the way you live your life, in order to find true stillness and joy. He discusses many clever examples from famous people in history, highlighting both things you should do and also things you should avoid, in order to live a thoughtful and successful life.

His narration is beautiful, and I found it much more compelling than some of his other titles.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-07-2020

Another great book!

More ruminations on life by Holiday. lot's to think about. this book is one of those books that will mature for a long time in my head.

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  • Leon Streete
  • 23-01-2020

another solid follow up

great content, well researched, hypothesised and explained. well worth a read for greater spiritual understanding.

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  • J-One
  • 04-11-2019

Abandoned

This book disappointed me. Got to chapter 7 and quit. Chapters are bloated with far too much olde-worlde philosophy, sports analogies or the old Buddhist story with only a few words at the end about the actual matter that he's supposed to be discussing. This was overload for me and not succinct or to the point. 90% of what I listened to wasn’t his own thoughts just a regurgitation or rehash of other works. It's ironic as one of his chapters suggests “limiting inputs to prevent information overload”. Abandoned.

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  • Caitlin L.
  • 24-03-2020

could not finish

The narration made it too hard to listen to, sadly. I will buy the book instead.

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  • R-the Relentless
  • 30-12-2019

Always worth a relisten!

This book is truly a life saver and maker. Holiday is one of my favourite contemporary authors for many good reasons

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  • Daniel Bamber
  • 17-01-2020

Great finish to the trilogy

Great book and the best in the series. Although all were very good. Highly recommend for anyone interested in improving their lives.

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  • mr phillip suddick
  • 27-12-2019

Another great book

I really like how the book is structured, the narration is clear and energetic which carries some harder more confronting subjects well. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to enjoy life a little more, connect more deeply and create space for much needed clarity in a noisy world.

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  • Tom
  • 30-10-2019

A surprising gem of a book

I knew this would be quite a good book as Ryan Holiday isn’t likely to release a bad one but I didn’t realise just how good it would be. I feared it might be a bit vanilla but it felt characterful and unique. It definitely has its own feel and the advice is gives is essential if a little vague at times. I enjoyed the examples of people in history he used and the way it flowed worked as well. Definitely a very good personal development book

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  • Shane O'Brien
  • 18-11-2019

Poor. Avoid.

Stopped reading this after 40 mins. In summary its just the author telling you how to live and uses select examples to boost his own narrative. Have read other books of this genre and at least they provide interesting insights or pose different questions for thought.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 18-10-2019

Some Good Anecdotes - A bit of Padding out.

This formula of reminding us of old stories we already know to illustrate a moral seems to be a winning one. Like his mentor Robert Green, Holiday is very good at it. There are positive messages here and I'll certainly play this in the car in the hope the kids might pick up a few lessons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2020

Great book.

Ryan Holiday is an outstanding writer. This book will help you, level up your mindset in life and live it more completely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2020

boring

absolutely trash. voice is nasally and whiny. its funny how all these self improvement and masculinity people who study rome and war and shit are usually the biggest nerds ever.