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“Give yourself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around.” —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

We have re-opened registration!

**The live course is now closed. We have recorded the sessions and put the course back up at a reduced price so you can participate in the Read To Lead masterclass and become a great reader.

We tend to think how much we read is proof we’re making progress. We like to show off our library. We listen to audiobooks on 2x or 3x speed. We think, “Less is more? Quality over quantity? Not with books!” We think: because reading is a good thing, wouldn’t more be better?

Far from it.

Not all reading is created equal. As Epictetus said, “I cannot call somebody ‘hard-working’ knowing only that they read. Even if ‘all night long’ is added, I cannot say it—not until I know the focus of all this energy…” Of course, spending hours or days in front of books is better than say, hours watching stupid internet videos. But, it can still be a waste of time. “Far too many good brains,” Seneca said, “have been afflicted by the pointless enthusiasm for useless knowledge.”

To be a great reader, it is not enough that you read, it’s how you read. It’s not about reading to impress people or for the mental gymnastics. It’s not about pouring inputs into your brain. It’s about getting better! It’s about filtering what gets into your brain. It’s about finding useful knowledge, knowledge you can use in your actual life. It’s about putting the information up to the test, examining it, seeing how it applies to your life, asking yourself how you might use it, what it’s prompting you to think.

If you want to become a great reader, the Stoics can help. We built out their best insights into our Read to Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge. Since it first launched in 2019, Read to Lead has been our most popular challenge, taken on by almost ten thousand participants. Today, we’re excited to announce that, for the first time ever, registration to join the 2022 live cohort is officially open.

The 2022 live course will take place across 5 weeks at a pace of 2 emails a week (~30,000 words of exclusive content), in which Read To Lead participants will learn:

  • how to get the most out of your reading
  • how to find books with the potential of changing your life
  • how to think more critically
  • how to find time to read
  • how to digest books above your level

And much more.

Additionally, there will be weekly LIVE video sessions with Ryan Holiday, author of 12 books about Stoic philosophy which have sold more than 5 million copies in over 30 languages. And Ryan’s monthly newsletter dedicated to book recommendations goes out to nearly 300,000 people. Videos on his reading habit have gotten millions and millions of views.



      • #1: May 20, 2-3 PM CT
        #2: May 27, 2-3 PM CT
        #3: June 3, 2-3 PM CT
        #4: June 10, 2-3 PM CT
        #5: June 17, 2-3 PM CT


As a participant in Read to Lead: A Daily Stoic Reading Challenge, you’ll not only become a better reader and build a real reading habit, you’ll get to learn from Ryan and the practice that’s made him, as it's been said, “the king of reading as a form of self-improvement.”

This will be a live course. Beginning on TUESDAY MAY 17, all participants will move through the course together at the same pace.

Registration is now officially open.


"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

If you have any questions, email