Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

“Ryan Holiday’s Courage is Calling traces the history of courage and its many faces through the ages and arrives at the present day with an urgent call to arms for each and all of us. As we battle our enemies within and without, will we choose to rise up to the call of our courage or blush and bow down to the whispers of our cowardice? Our answer to this question is about more than our sense of duty, it’s about our freedom. It’s about more than wins and losses, it’s about our survival. It’s on me, it’s on you, it’s on us. Take the dare we may.” Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award Winning Actor and New York Times #1 best-selling author

Ryan Holiday is the world’s best-selling living philosopher, with more than 4 million books sold in 40 languages. His book The Daily Stoic was a Sunday Times bestseller in January 2021. Ryan has a huge social media profile, with 347.4K followers on Twitter; his Daily Stoic Instagram Channel has 1.1 million followers.  Recent guests on his popular podcasts include Malcolm Gladwell and Camilla Cabello.


Courage is Calling will be the first in his highly anticipated four book series on the four Stoic virtues, and is the lead non-fiction title from Profile Books for September 2021.

Fortune favours the bold. All great leaders of history have known this, and were successful because of the risks they dared to take. But today so many of us are paralysed by fear.


Drawing on ancient Stoic wisdom and examples across history and around the world, Ryan Holiday shows why courage is so important, and how to cultivate it in our own lives. Courage is not simply physical bravery but also doing the right thing and standing up for what you believe; it’s creativity, generosity and perseverance. And it is the only way to live an extraordinary, fulfilled and effective life.


Everything in life begins with courage. This book will equip you with the bravery to begin.


Praise for Ryan Holiday:

“Ryan Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy … this whiz kid is the secret weapon you’ve never heard of.” Tim Ferriss


“[Ryan is a] self-help sage, who is now a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs . . . [he] translates Stoicism, which had counted emperors and states­men among its adherents during antiquity, into pithy catchphrases and digestible anecdotes for ambitious, twenty-first-century life hackers.”

Alexandra Alter, New York Times


The Obstacle is the Way is about challenge, loving a challenge, and I haven’t always loved a challenge. Things were great if it was easy but if it wasn’t, ‘F***, that’s too hard.’ Now it’s, ‘Make it difficult because it will make me better.” Rory McIlroy, 2x PGA Champion


“A book for the bedside of every future – and current – leader in the world.” Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery, on The Obstacle is the Way


“Whether you are an athlete, an investor, a writer or an entrepreneur, this little but wise and soulful book will open the door to a healthier, less anxious and more productive life and career.”  Arianna Huffington, on Stillness is the Key

Ryan Holiday is one of the world’s foremost writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. His books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key have sold millions of copies and been translated into over 40 languages. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his wife and two boys… and cows and donkeys and goats.