The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it neednt be this way. There is a formula for success thats been followed by the icons of historyfrom John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobsa formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.This book reveals that formula for the first timeand shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage....
|Title||:||The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph|
|Number of Pages||:||201 pages|
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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Reviews
This is a trite, flippant book that does a great disservice to the deep philosophy of the stoics. Replete with references to tycoons and millionaires, it is largely self-help in perky, upbeat, you-can-do-it, rah-rah language. The essential premise of stoicism--that sometimes the only choice you have when you are faced with a dire situation is the attitude or philosophy of acceptance that you can bring to it--has been warped into "there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Ju ...more
How to turn every obstacle into an advantage. An exploration of why things can be difficult and the best way to approach obstacles in terms of attitude and action. Full of classical quotes and historical stories, this is weightier than most self help. Certainly no fast read, but one to make you think.
"We shouldn't listen too closely to what people say. We'll find ourselves erring on the side of accomplishing nothing."
The Obstacle is the Way digs into how knowledge and reason are in fact the highest good, as well as how to stay indifferent to pleasure and pain and how to respond to the vicissitudes of fortune objectively. The key is to not let your emotions color your perception of the world.
Ryan not only provides a great review of stoicism, he does an excellent job at articulating exactly how this school of thought can be applied to any problems that you might be facing now as you try to advance your career ...more
Taking the reader through a practical and extremely balanced approach for handling failure, The Obstacle is the Way is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with crippling self-doubt, self-pity, and ennui. Through the wisdom of the Stoics and the example of history, Ryan Holiday reminds us that even great setbacks and obstacles are not the end of the world. Rather, they can become the fuel for a life well-lived. If we so choose.
As someone who feels deeply and places great value on emotions as ...more
This book is to Stoicism what a Lipton Iced Tea is to a glass of ice water: they share some substance, but the former is saccharine sweet and diluted while the later is bracing and clear.
I can't assess how good an introduction this is to Stoicism for one not acquainted with it. I would argue, however, that Stoicism doesn't require an introduction. Part of the beauty of the "Enchiridion" or "The Discourses" of Epictetus is their clarity and straightforwardness. Marcus Aurelius doesn't employ a te ...more
I don’t know Ryan Holiday, but I heard of this book from Tim Ferriss and was intrigued by the description so I decided to dose myself in some stoicism. Dynamite book – I’m glad I put the time in. Holiday covers the topic well in a very accessible way.
This is an intelligent self-help book packed with examples from history of people who made it through adversity into greatness. It also offers a system for approaching life as a more average person, turning obstacles into advantages, and using relentless persistence to achieve what you want.
We all face obstacles in our lives, what matters is how we perceive them and work with them to move on. "When we aim high, pressure and stress obligingly come along for the ride," so we have to find ways of ...more