The Fear

“When a slave cannot be whipped he is more than half free. He has a domain as broad as his own manly heart to defend and he is really a ‘power on earth.'”

Douglass, Frederick

My Bondage and My Freedom

What if you no longer submitted to the threat of getting fired? Or you could ignore criticism? Or if you knew you’d be alright if you got dumped? Or if you finally realized that life was going to work itself out so long as you kept your head about you? What if you lost the fear?

That’s a different kind of freedom. I am starting to think that it makes you better at all those things

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.