Discipline Is Destiny - Ryan Holiday

Discipline Is Destiny

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2022-09-27
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 193 Ratings


The instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller!

In his New York Times bestselling book Courage is Calling, author Ryan Holiday made the Stoic case for a bold and brave life. In this much-anticipated second book of his Stoic Virtue series, Holiday celebrates the awesome power of self-discipline and those who have seized it.

To master anything, one must first master themselves–one’s emotions, one’s thoughts, one’s actions. Eisenhower famously said that freedom is really the opportunity to practice self-discipline. Cicero called the virtue of temperance the polish of life. Without boundaries and restraint, we risk not only failing to meet our full potential and jeopardizing what we have achieved, but we ensure misery and shame. In a world of temptation and excess, this ancient idea is more urgent than ever.

In Discipline is Destiny, Holiday draws on the stories of historical figures we can emulate as pillars of self-discipline, including Lou Gehrig, Queen Elizabeth II, boxer Floyd Patterson, Marcus Aurelius and writer Toni Morrison, as well as the cautionary tales of Napoleon, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Babe Ruth. Through these engaging examples, Holiday teaches readers the power of self-discipline and balance, and cautions against the perils of extravagance and hedonism.

At the heart of Stoicism are four simple virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. Everything else, the Stoics believed, flows from them. Discipline is Destiny will guide readers down the path to self-mastery, upon which all the other virtues depend. Discipline is predictive. You cannot succeed without it. And if you lose it, you cannot help but bring yourself failure and unhappiness.


  • Ryan’s best book yet

    By Hu$ky 250
    This is a great book. You will not be disappointed!!
  • Start your day with a chapter

    By plattburger
    Loved this book. Chapters were short enough to get through one each morning even if I was in a hurry before work. Gives the reader inspiration to stay disciplined and to continually self improve. Build strength and shoot for a virtuous life daily. Self mastery begins and ends with self discipline. This book is a tool in my bag for sure.

    By Free_Will15
    This book is one of the best I’ve EVER read! The stories of Antoninus, Marcus Aurelius, Queen Elizabeth and many more were incredibly enlightening and inspiring. This book was all meat, no fluffy carbs! Thank You, Ryan, for your excellent work!
  • Fantastic!

    By davejohnstone
    I’m a music teacher and this book has literally become required reading for all of my private students. Very inspiring and full of wisdom.
  • Another Fantastic Book

    By robdog151
    Ryan’s books seem to land just when I need them, and contain real life essential knowledge. Can’t wait to read the other three!
  • Maybe his best work!

    By desstout
    Wow! Thought provoking and timely! A book to be read, then studied. However, I have come to expect nothing less from Ryan Holiday. Looking forward to the next release.