Few writers have done more to bring ancient, timeless wisdom and cutting-edge marketing strategies together than Ryan Holiday. By age 31, his philosophically-driven bestselling books have not only sold nearly two million copies, but they’ve directly influenced Super Bowl-winning teams like the New England Patriots, World Series champions like the Houston Astros and Olympic Gold Medalists, as well as sitting Senators, military leaders and some of the biggest and most important companies in the world like Google, Twitter and Microsoft.

At the core of Ryan’s teachings is Stoicism, a philosophy he has brought back from ancient Rome and into the workplace, entrepreneurship, politics, and sports. What is Stoicism? The idea that while we don’t always control what happens to us in life, we always control how we respond. It’s this message– a framework for overcoming obstacles, scaling new challenges and battling both the ups and downs and life, illustrated vividly with stories from the greats (and not-so-greats) of history– that has brought Ryan in front of some of the most influential audiences in the world. He’s been profiled by the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, and he counts among his clients and followers, some of the biggest names in business, tech, culture and professional athletics.

With a thirst for knowledge outside academic norms, after dropping out of college, Ryan’s marketing career has been equally groundbreaking. Beginning at 21 as the Director of Marketing for American Apparel and through his creative agency, Brass Check, his clients consist of a who’s who of hot brands and businesses. His book Trust Me I’m Lying was the first to reveal the massive vulnerabilities (and opportunities) in the global media system in 2012. His book Growth Hacker Marketing is a bible for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Both books are taught in colleges and design programs around the world and his most recent book, Conspiracy, is being adapted into a major motion picture.

As the founder of The Do Lectures, I get to watch all the talks each year. I have seen over 250 of them. I get asked which ones stand out, all the time. But the better question is which ones do I refer to each day. Which ones help me do more, do better, and keep pushing forward. Ryan Holiday’s talk at Do Wales was a Masterclass for me. Inspirational and brilliant, yes, but it’s more than just words. It is a methodology, an operating system for getting sh*t done. I refer to it every single day.
– The DO Lectures
Ryan didn’t just tell a story on stage; he provided our crowd with a keynote stuffed with hands-on knowledge from his day-to-day work life. He truly rocked our stage, delivering inspiring and real-world-ready know-how on billion dollar brands, including growth hacking insights that can be applied the next day in the office.
– Marketing Rockstars
Ryan Holiday was charged with opening our first Marketing event, a conference which had never been hosted and for which our audience of marketers and ad agencies had high expectations. He truly lived up to the challenge with an inspiring, attention-catching talk filled with real-world examples. He proved to be an excellent and engaging speaker; he set the bar high for the rest of the day.
– Editions Infopresse
I have booked, vetted, and experienced A LOT of keynote speakers. Ryan Holiday is the rare blend of a total pro who’s also likeable and approachable. He brings an “everyman” spirit to a topic that could go over heads in the wrong hands. Ryan’s content was insightful, relevant, timely, and forward thinking. He considered my audience. This wasn’t a plug and play keynote. He knew how to make this a win for ME. To this day I still get notes from our members that attended that event telling me what an impact it had on their lives and their business.
– EO Colorado
Ryan Holiday is one of his generation’s finest thinkers.
– Steven Pressfield, author of the New York Times bestseller The War of Art
Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results…this whiz kid is the secret weapon you’ve never heard of.
– Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titan

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