The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre : Business & Personal Finance
  • FIle Size : 0.75 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Obstacle Is the Way We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Ryan Holiday, who dropped out of college at nineteen to serve as an apprentice to bestselling 'modern Machiavelli' Robert Greene and is now a media consultant for billion-dollar brands, draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you in every situation, showing that what blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better.

If the competition threatens you, it's time to be fearless, to display your courage. An impossible deadline becomes a chance to show how dedicated you are. And as Ryan discovered as Director of Marketing for American Apparel, if your brand is generating controversy - it's also potentially generating publicity.

The Stoic philosophy - that what is in the way, is the way - can be applied to any problem: it's a formula invented more than 2,000 years ago, whose effectiveness has been proven in battles and board rooms ever since. From Barack Obama's ability to overcome obstacles in his election races, to the design of the iPhone, the stoic philosophy has helped its users become world-beaters.


  • A cure for depression

    By Lamson227
    This book will steel you up and cure your worst depression, just as you read it. A therapy for the lethargic soul, it taught me to tune out the noise surrounding me and to see naysayers for what they are — just naysayers; to see nasty folks for what they are — just nasty folks. This is a handbook for action.
  • Overrated

    By mercier_00
    Another one of those books that tell you what you should be but doesn't help you in how to get there...e.g. Learn to control your emotions...ok, but it's easier said than done, give me some tips or insight as to how to do it because if I knew already I would have done so! Most of us know what we have to do but often go to books like these because we are lost i.e. need some guidance, simply telling me what I should be doesn't teach me anything. Simply telling someone what a car does or how it functions doesn't teach you how to drive. They are two separate things that authors these days forget about.
  • Great book!

    By obynewman
    If you find that obstacles in you life are too high to be jumped, than read this book to see them from a different perspective and learn how to overcome all of them.
  • Unless you’re a Zen Monk, you need to read this book

    By Edward Druce
    The most succinct way I can put it is: This book will make you better. Stoicism is said to be the philosophy of men of action. This book is a trojan horse in that it teaches you to think like a philosopher without you realising it. It’s a book about getting stuff done - one that's about helping people with their actual problems - that’s immediately practical for the everyday person (deliberately devoid of pretentious language, you don’t need a background in philosophy to understand any of it). It’s relatable and sets real, human expectations - not driving you to take on some unattainable standard for yourself. It refrains from descending into self-help-book-checklists and cliches, and is simply a manual for facing adversity. It’s an incredibly refined idea; the book has a supremely tight grasp of its own central thesis and doesn't divert from it at all. It has nice, compact chapters; there is no fluff or filler - it gets right to it. This book is the distillation of an 8-year reading obsession. A book to keep coming back to in times of hardship. Something I want my friends, family, and co-workers to read.