Read to Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge

Read to Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge

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“Give yourself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.” —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” —Erasmus


Harry Truman once said that "not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." 

It’s true. 

To be a leader you need a ceaseless appetite for learning, for self-improvement, for wisdom. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius prized the ability to “read attentively,” and used it to reign masterfully over his domain. The writer Seneca used his knowledge of Greek and Roman literature to become a sought after political advisor, and of course to shape his brilliant letters and plays, which survive to us to this day. 

Reading is the shortest, most established path to total self-improvement. We know intuitively that this is true—it’s why we all know we should read more. Why we can just feel that there’s so much more we could be getting from the reading we’re already doing. The question is: what active steps are we taking toward our better selves, to improve every aspect of our lives, to ensure success?

We’ve created an awesome new challenge, Read to Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge, as a way of giving you an answer to that question.

In this 13-day reading challenge we will outline actionable ways for you to find great books to mine for wisdom and to build the beginnings of a great library with. You’ll learn to dissect a book like a pro, to remember more of what you read, to apply it to your life, and much more.

It's Time To Take Your Reading To The Next Level...

What were you doing five years ago? Better yet, what weren't you doing five years ago? "Reading enough" is probably way up there, right?  

What if you had started reading more then? Where do you think you might be with your career? With your relationships? What doors do you think might have been opened by the wisdom and insight you would have applied to your life during those years?  

Maybe you would have finally written that book. Maybe you’d be in the job of your dreams. Maybe you’d just have a better handle on your life.  

Now, imagine five years into the future. What might your life look like if you adopted a reading habit, starting today, that was specifically designed to help you get the most out of life?  

Sign up today and find out. Today is the day to change your life.

Reading to lead is not something that is taught in schools.  

In English and history classes across the country, we’re taught to memorize factoids—names, dates, places. We’re told Who, What, When, and Where are more important than How and Why. Our approach to reading and to books and to education has been Jeopardy-ized.  

When you read to lead, you discard this mindset. Instead of using books to learn trivia, you use them as tools that teach real, timeless lessons about life, art, business, relationships, humanity. The things the author wanted you to know, not that your teacher needed you to remember.  

These tactics don’t come naturally, of course. How could they when we’ve been conditioned and educated toward measurables, like multiple-choice tests, instead of mastery?  

This is where the Read to Lead challenge comes in.  

“No man can get anywhere in this world in any really and endurable manner without some recourse to books.” 

—H.L. Mencken  

Over the next two weeks we will show you exactly how to: 

Find the right books to read depending on your goals.
Create a personal library that will keep you on track
Remember more of what you read to reach your true potential
Expand your reading to new and less common titles
Get better book recommendations from people you admire
Create a "commonplace book" to reference back to in the future
Make more time for reading by replacing dead time with reading
Read a book like a critic
Much more...


✓ 13 Custom reading challenges delivered daily (over 16,000 words of original content)
✓ 15 Custom Video Messages From Bestselling Author Ryan Holiday 
✓ Over 100 book recommendations from Ryan designed to help you live your best life
✓ Printable worksheets to help you build your library, review the books you read, and more  
✓ Daily reading lists of books, articles, and other reading materials to revitalize your library

Each day for two weeks, you will receive a comprehensive email with a new challenge to push your reading skills to the next level. Each email will act almost like a dossier for developing great reading habits and will include a video message from Ryan Holiday (#1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, Conspiracy, and Stillness is the Key), reading lists, links to videos and articles, and other material designed to supplement the challenge for each day.  

Warren Buffett has said that reading is the most valuable investment he’s ever made. When Buffett was 19, he read The Intelligent Investor and that cemented his decision to dedicate his life to investing. One book, read at the right time, returned literally billions of dollars in his lifetime. It’s easy to see why the world’s 4th richest person considers a book that he may have bought for less than a dollar his best investment.  

Invest in your future today.

Members of Daily Stoic Life receive this course, and every course and challenge that we sell, completely free! They also receive other benefits, from quarterly Q&As with Ryan Holiday to product discounts and more. Find out more here.

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"Buying READ TO LEAD has already proved to be one of the best online learning investments truly I have ever made and it’s only Day One. The first day has already matched and delivered the value that I received from a 3 month $2000 writing course." - Danielle Grigsby

"Firstly of all I’d like to say that your reading challenge has been the most eye opening thing I have done in years. I had done common placing in the past without even knowing it was a practice and had great success with it." - Christopher Garnett-Scherer

“The Daily Stoic challenge is the best investment I’ve made for myself so far this year.” - Eric Hokanson

"Before this course I used to consider myself a reader, but now I feel like I'm truly "reading" for the first time in my life. I just finished The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff using the skills I've learned in the course and it was amazing how different my experience was. I remember more pieces of the book, and have a ton of stickies with notes and quotes to add to my common place book. That simple process of taking quotes I've normally kept in a Word document and writing them to an index card has brought me closer to many of the reasons why I captured the quote in the first place. I feel like as I write them down I'm contemplating the meaning behind the words more. I seriously can't thank you enough for pointing me in the right direction!" - Rob Kriner

“The Daily Stoic Challenge kicked off an avalanche of change in my life. This was a unique experience and has probably saved me a ton of money that would have gone to a shrink.” - Mary Madsen