Podcast 256: Use Up What You Have, and a Conversation about Stillness with Ryan Holiday

Try This at Home

Use up what you have.

We’ve talked about pursuing this aim in many ways. It’s harder than it sounds!

Happiness Hack

Our listener Sara suggests that if you’re trying to figure out the best route to take you through several stops, use an app—she recommends “My Route Online.”

There’s an app for everything! 


Ryan Holiday is a bestselling writer and highly successful media strategist. He’s done a lot of different things—most recently, he’s published a trilogy of books that relate ancient wisdom to contemporary society: The Obstacle Is the WayEgo Is the Enemy, and most recently, Stillness is the KeyThis new book was an instant #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

In it, Ryan draws on timeless Stoic and Buddhist philosophy to show why slowing down is the secret weapon for those charging ahead.

He argues that stillness allows us to conquer our tempers, avoid distraction, and discover great insights.

If you’d like to read a written interview I did with Ryan, it’s here.

Ryan’s Try This at Home: Don’t use your phone for the first hour you’re awake.

Elizabeth’s Demerit: She hasn’t been getting her son Jack to bed on time.

Gretchen’s Gold Star: I give a gold star to our mother, who has adopted the habit of sending photos. We enjoy it so much.





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