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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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very informational and inspiring

listened to it whilst at work and really enjoyed it. He made some very good points that make you think and re-evaluate your life.

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Sam Holiday is Still enough...

I loved the fact that Ryan Holiday stepped up to Aquire more narration skill sets for this book. He sounds like a passionate author to me and he knows what to empathise don’t let the complaints put you off.

Audible or read it your still going to come away with some great universal knowledge that is applicable to your everyday life.

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A calming read

An easy and engaging book for anyone that is a fan of history and stoicism.
Perfect comfort for our bustling age of technology and distraction.

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Ryan is a God

This book reinforced what I already knew to be true but the way Ryan is able to articulate it in such a relatable way is amazing.
Essentially, the answers lie within us and the way to unlock our potential is to get to a place of stillness. So within, so without.

Service, being a good person, living a values driven life, being honest, living a life with purpose and giving back are essential to achieving stillness and happiness (not that happiness should be only goal but it’s definitely a by product).

Ryan is an incredible writer and speaks the TRUTH!

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An excellent sequel

I've really enjoyed all of Ryan Holidays books that I've read - particularly the obstacle is the waytand ego is the enemy. The audio format of these was great to hear the author read it.
I found stillness is the key to be a great sequel in the series.
My only criticism would be that the first couple hours were hard to get into - the premise only came out around 2 hours in. Also, the book was read with quite an odd cadence (particularly early on).
Despite this the overall theme was excellent and the topics explored were fascinating while being well thought out.
Very enjoyable.

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great book

loved listening to this book. there was so much insight and great stories of how people overcame difficult situations. I took so much from this book and hope to use alot of What I learnt in my life. The narration was great too. well done Ryan

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Required reading

This book is necessary for everyone. A clear case for taking a moment, slowing down and treating yourself with compassion. Ryan Holiday’s best book yet. Thank you.

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Simply brilliant

A perfect round off to the trilogy. These books will live on my phone and on my shelf for the rest of my life. Thank you Ryan for pouring your soul in to this. Recommend to anyone trying to do more, be happier and make an actual difference in the world.

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I like it

If you think you will like this book you probably will. I know I did.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • R-the Relentless
  • 30-12-2019

A contemporary book of timeless wisdom

Ryan Holiday is one of my favourite modern authors, and I have read many of his great works. This book is brilliant in sharing timeless wisdom to help us cultivate inner peace in an increasingly hectic world.
Short but concise, full of practical wisdom!

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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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  • S. G. Beedie
  • 19-02-2020

Fantastic Book

I really enjoyed this book, used it to actually help me get a lot of clarity while I navigate a very complex time in my life and not just to make me feel good. it's full of actual simple advice and not usual fairy dust magic. Ryan has delivered on his promise and I will be sharing this with my fans.

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  • David Hislop
  • 12-02-2020

Perfect

There are very few modern books which have had such an impact but this is right up there with the classics. Amazing amazing book thanks Ryan Holiday!!

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  • tim royales
  • 05-02-2020

Amazing

Loved it.
Some great life stories and how they implemented important principles into their lives and in turn into ours.
Thanks. Another great book 👍