Ryan Holiday’s new book Discipline is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control coming in September from Profile Books

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“It is through discipline that not only are all things possible, but also that all things are enhanced. And without it, even the most wonderful things turn to ash or regret. Name someone truly great without self-discipline? Name one calamitous undoing that was not, at least in part, rooted in a lack of self-discipline? More than talent, life is about temperament. And temperance.” – Ryan Holiday


Discipline is Destiny

The Power of Self-Control

by Ryan Holiday


Published 27th September 2022 by Profile Books

Hardback Price £14.99 ISBN 978-1788166331

Audio download ISBN 978-1800811430 | Ebook ISBN 978-1782837589

In Discipline is Destiny bestselling philosopher and life-hacker extraordinaire Ryan Holiday explores the power of temperance, which along with courage, justice and wisdom formed the four virtues of Stoicism. Yet these other virtues would be impossible, worthless even, without self-discipline to bring them about.

Self-discipline is the moderating influence against the impulse of all other things. Cultivate it in every deed, and it will enable us to become the best that we are capable of being. With self-discipline, we can find balance, focus and fulfilment, resisting the distractions that can quickly take over our lives; without self-discipline, all our plans fall apart.

In this latest book, Ryan Holiday shows us how to cultivate willpower, moderation and self-control in our lives. From Aristotle and Marcus Aurelius to Toni Morrison and Queen Elizabeth II, he illuminates the great exemplars of its practice and what we can learn from them. Moderation is not about abstinence: it is about self-respect, focus and balance. Without it, even the most positive traits become vices. But with it, happiness and success are assured: the key is not more but finding the right amount.

Ryan Holiday is the world’s best-selling living philosopher, sharing the wisdom of ancient Stoicism to help us navigate 21st century life. He has sold more than 5 million books in 40 languages. With insights that are as relevant to the  boardroom as to everyday life, Ryan’s books have proved hugely influential with sports coaches, business leaders, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, and self-help and smart thinking readers.

Ryan follows an ancient school of thought but has a huge digital following: his Daily Stoic brand has 400k subscribers to its daily email. In 2019 the Instagram had 350K followers, now it has 1.5 million; its YouTube channel has over 585K subscribers and its TikTok account has 341.1k followers and over 10 million views. Since starting The Daily Dad in June 2019, Ryan has amassed 12.9k followers on the Daily Dad Twitter channel and 82.8k followers on the Daily Dad Instagram platform, and the email newsletter reaches over 50k people.

Praise for 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 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

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

About the Author

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. He founded a bookshop during the pandemic called The Painted Porch, which features a carefully curated selection of Ryan’s favourite books and a stunning fireplace display made from 2000 books.

For more information, a review copy or to interview Ryan, please contact:

Amelia Knight at Midas on amelia.knight@midaspr.co.uk or +44 (0)7771 791 210

To connect with Ryan please visit: https://ryanholiday.net/

Twitter: @RyanHoliday @DailyStoic  @DailyDadEmail

Instagram: @ryanholiday @dailystoic @dailydad