Courage Is Calling - Ryan Holiday

Courage Is Calling

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 272 Ratings


The instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller!
Ryan Holiday’s bestselling trilogy—The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Stillness is the Key—captivated professional athletes, CEOs, politicians, and entrepreneurs and helped bring Stoicism to millions of readers. Now, in the first book of an exciting new series on the cardinal virtues of ancient philosophy, Holiday explores the most foundational virtue of all: Courage.

Almost every religion, spiritual practice, philosophy and person grapples with fear. The most repeated phrase in the Bible is “Be not afraid.” The ancient Greeks spoke of phobos, panic and terror. It is natural to feel fear, the Stoics believed, but it cannot rule you. Courage, then, is the ability to rise above fear, to do what’s right, to do what’s needed, to do what is true. And so it rests at the heart of the works of Marcus Aurelius, Aristotle, and CS Lewis, alongside temperance, justice, and wisdom.
In Courage Is Calling, Ryan Holiday breaks down the elements of fear, an expression of cowardice, the elements of courage, an expression of bravery, and lastly, the elements of heroism, an expression of valor. Through engaging stories about historic and contemporary leaders, including Charles De Gaulle, Florence Nightingale, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday shows you how to conquer fear and practice courage in your daily life.
You’ll also delve deep into the moral dilemmas and courageous acts of lesser-known, but equally as important, figures from ancient and modern history, such as Helvidius Priscus, a Roman Senator who stood his ground against emperor Vespasian, even in the face of death; Frank Serpico, a former New York City Police Department Detective who exposed police corruption; and Frederick Douglass and a slave named Nelly, whose fierce resistance against her captors inspired his own crusade to end slavery.
In a world in which fear runs rampant—when people would rather stand on the sidelines than speak out against injustice, go along with convention than bet on themselves, and turn a blind eye to the ugly realities of modern life—we need courage more than ever. We need the courage of whistleblowers and risk takers. We need the courage of activists and adventurers. We need the courage of writers who speak the truth—and the courage of leaders to listen.
We need you to step into the arena and fight.


  • Amazing

    By blankface56
    Well written. That is all.
  • Great read

    By Mac Besse
    Short chapters, easy read with tons of nuggets to inspire you throughout the day
  • What life is (or should be) about

    By Stevew21
    A good reminder of what life is really about.
  • Courage is Calling

    By too2791
    Great, for college students and school students.
  • Awesome

    By Eriksbannana
    10/10 great read
  • Great book

    By Taino072000
    First time in a while in didn’t stop reading until I finished. Great ideas for everyone struggling with fear and courage of doing what they know they should do. Love it, I will definitely read again!
  • Hard to Put Down

    By Gamerom
    Courage Is Calling almost felt like a novel with high steaks. It really struck a cord with me, combining practical advice with vivid stories of historical people. It’s a must-read for anyone looking for a purpose in life