OneYearNoBeer Podcast Episode 3 – with Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday’s books are inspired and game-changing. Also, he doesn’t drink. And he doesn’t care that he doesn’t drink. Brilliant.
In this episode, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Andy Ramage interviews, you guessed it, Ryan Holiday. He is an accomplished American author who has penned several books that have been featured on preeminent best seller lists. One of his published titles, “The Obstacle Is The Way,” has sold over 100,000 copies to date, and was reportedly read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl Victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He is a media strategist, the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel, and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.
“Correlation does not imply causation”
Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Allan Poe are such paragons of inspiring genius who were also infamously fond of alcohol. They must be geniuses because they drink, right? Well, the short answer is no.
It’s an unfortunate trend that we usually pick role models who drink or who have an addiction of sorts, and think that they’re troubled creative geniuses. Listen as Ryan elaborates why these great creative people whom we look up to are incredibly creative and have become great in spite of the alcohol or their addiction. He explains that these greats obtained their status because of the work that they did, and not necessarily because of the substance that they were addicted to. “We shouldn’t be confusing causation and correlation,” he quips.
Ryan Holiday is a perfect example of a teetotal genius who prefers to learn from the experience of others. He goes on to say in this interview, “You can make the decision of not drinking alcohol and enjoy the benefits outright without the painful lesson.” There is no denying that he has amassed quite a distinguished reputation for himself in media, marketing, journalism and self-improvement – all without ever needing the booze.
On stoicism and reading books
Listen as Ryan talks about how his best-selling book “The Obstacle Is The Way” draws inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. He advises, “(You) can’t change the fact that you did drink, that (you) relapsed, but (you) can control what (you) can do in response to that.”
Ryan also professes to be a voracious reader. Accordingly, for a long time now, he doesn’t even need to schedule reading a book. It’s akin to eating, he muses, and a part of his journey as a human being who is trying to get better. Here he shares his recommended books:
Ryan Holiday’s Top 3 Recommended Books
“Ego Is The Enemy”
Holiday’s impressive body of work (he’s not even thirty as of this writing!) might make you think that he must have a huge ego. But in fact, he asserts that ego is the enemy, which, by the way, is the title of his most recent book - an instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller. He also talks about this in detail and other topics in this episode.
Listen to this One Year No Beer podcast episode, leave a review and get chance to win a copy of “Ego Is The Enemy” by Ryan Holiday! We only have 10 copies to give away and they will be given to the first 10 reviewers. So hurry, listen and share your thoughts now!
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RYAN HOLIDAY’S LINKS
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ryanholiday/
GRAB A COPY OF RYAN HOLIDAY’S BOOKS
"The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living" (with Steve Hanselman as co-author)
In this episode, OYNB Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Larry Hagner, founder of “The Good Dad Project,” co-host of its popular eponymous podcast, and a best-selling author of "The Dad's Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive, Lasting Memories."
Finding the great dad within
Larry admits in this interview that his sensational movement, “The Good Dad Project,” was initially intended for himself. He was the “project” because he was not a good father. He was confused on what to do, and tried to figure out how to be a great dad.
Much of Larry’s confusion and fatherhood woes were rooted in his childhood days and how he grew up. He relates how devastating it was to have a toxic, abusive and addict (of alcohol or other substance) father in his life. Make that multiple stepfathers and a biological father. Clearly, he decided not to follow their lead and, in the process, started a community of dads helping each other to become better dads.
Alcohol and parenting
Listen as Larry talks about his first drink (spoiler alert – he threw up), and how, as a kid, he realized that his parents were completely different people when they were drunk and when they were sober. Accordingly, he thought that one of his stepdads was the coolest guy he ever met, until that same person got drunk, hit him and put him down. He recounts how his parents’ drinking came to a point where he needed to ask them, “Can you please not drink tonight?”
In this packed episode, you’ll also hear Larry sharing details about his other eye-opening personal accounts and life lessons about the mind, health, family and the importance of life-work balance.
He has to this to say about the fear of not having fun without alcohol, and societal pressure to drink: "Don’t be afraid to let it go . . . You are going to be just fine and a hell of a lot better without it!"
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LARRY HAGNER'S LINKS
Grab a copy of “The Dad’s Edge” here
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoodDadProject
Welcome to our brand new podcast! In our very first episode, OneYearNoBeer Co-Founder, Ruari Fairbairns, talks to Jamie Alderton. A body transformation coach and a WBFF Pro model, Jamie runs the award-winning “Mindset with Muscle” podcast and has helped thousands of people transform their lives.
The OneYearNoBeer challenge is all about improving your life, wellbeing, fitness, health and happiness, while putting booze in its place. In this episode, Jamie talks in brief (sorry ladies, but no, that is not literal) about joining the British Army and becoming immersed in a massive drinking culture as a young lad. After leaving the army he wasn’t sure where to go next and stumbled across natural bodybuilding. He now inspires thousands of people through his gym, online training, and podcast to lose fat, build muscle and get into the best shape of their lives. Check out www.grenade-fit.com for a free two-week training plan!
Goal setting is key
Listen as Jamie puts a spotlight on the crucial first step to becoming happy and healthy AF: setting goals. (AF means alcohol-free, by the way.) And yes, this cannot be emphasised enough - you have to write them down. Jamie says it best in this episode: “A lot of people know that they want to do something with their life... The problem is, if it's in your head, you tend to ignore it. But when it's on a piece of paper, it tends to be slapping you in the face.”
To hear more detail and other unfiltered insights from Jamie and his no BS approach to transforming your life and why it’s important to be fit AF, listen to episode one now!
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JAMIE ALDERTON LINKS
Grenade Fit https://www.grenade-fit.com