Celebrity speaker for hire Ryan Holiday is a marketer, entrepreneur and author. An expert on media, Holiday has served as Director of Marketing for American Apparel, media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer. Holiday also founded Brass Check, a creative advisory firm.
Holiday dropped out of college at the age of 19, immediately gaining experience in many different avenues, including work with Tucker Max, and bestselling author Robert Greene. He contributed to his bestselling book, The 50th Law. He then served as Director of Marketing at American Apparel, advising founder Dov Charney. Leaving in 2014, Holiday has since worked on many projects and become a major voice in the marketing space.
Outside of The New York Observer, Holiday has contributed as an author to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Guardian among many others. In 2012 he released his first book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. The book debuted on the Wall Street Journal Best Sellers list. He released another book titled, Growth Hacker Marketing, detailing growth hacking as an effective alternative to traditional marketing.
One of Holiday’s most successful works is his third book titled, The Obstacle is the Way. Published in 2014, the book introduced a new way to look at adversity, focusing on the framing of obstacles as opportunities. The book was read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl winning season, the Miami Heat, and golf champion Rory McIlroy leading up to the 2019 Masters. The book even reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List in 2019.
Holiday continued his work as an author, publishing two books in 2016, Ego is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic. Both books went on to become best sellers. Subsequently, he published Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue in 2018, detailing the lawsuit between Gawker Media and superstar wrestling personality Hulk Hogan, to critical acclaim. Most recently, Holiday published Stillness is the Key in October 2019.
As such a successful author and expert on the marketing and media industries, Holiday has become a popular voice on the speaking circuit.
Books: Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, Growth Hacker Marketing, The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, Stillness is the Key