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The best-selling writer Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly popular with a modern generation of leaders in sports, politics, and technology in The Obstacle Is the Path and Ego Is the Enemy. Holiday uses timeless Stoic and Buddhist theory to explain that slowing down is the secret weapon for those pushing ahead in his new book, Stillness Is the Answer.

An indelible quality is shared by all great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries. This makes it possible for them to control their tempers. To avoid distraction and to find great insights. To be happy and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it to be still-to be still as the universe rotates around you. He outlines a course in this book to achieve this ancient yet urgent way of living. Based on a wide range of the greatest thinkers of history, from Confucius to Seneca, Marcus Aurelius to Thich Nhat Hanh, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, he argues that silence is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

Holiday also explores figures that exemplified the power of silence: baseball player Sadaharu Oh, whose study of Zen made him the greatest home run hitter of all time; Winston Churchill, who managed to save the world from extinction in his Chartwell property by combining his busy public life with time spent laying bricks and painting; Fred Rogers, who taught generations of children Citizens were stressed more than ever. We are faced with challenges, egos and rivalry. Silence Is the Key provides a simple but motivating solution to 24/7 news and social media pressure. The quietness we all seek is the path to meaning, satisfaction, and excellence in a world that needs more than ever before.