The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

Book - 2014
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"A guide not just for overcoming the obstacles that hold us back-but for using them for great benefit. The great Athenian orator Demosthenes was born with a crippling speech impediment and was robbed of his inheritance by cruel guardians. Samuel Zemurray was a poor roadside fruit peddler pitted against the behemoth United Fruit Company. Ulysses S. Grant found himself stuck across the Mississippi river, desperately trying to break into the impenetrable fortress of Vicksburg. These icons and many others throughout history -- from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Richard Wright to Steve Jobs -- were often placed in nearly impossible situations that turned out to be the platforms for astounding triumphs. They were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success in overcoming extreme obstacles was the result of a timeless set of philosophical principles that great men and women have always followed. Now Ryan Holiday unpacks those lessons and reframes them for today's world, building on the wisdom of the ancient Stoics and a rich trove of examples. He shows us how to turn obstacles into advantages, through controlling our perceptions, swift and energetic action, and true force of will"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, 2014
ISBN: 9781591846352
Branch Call Number: ANF 158 HOL
Characteristics: xvi, 201 pages ; 19 cm

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lydiamccool
Feb 01, 2019

The ebook version only contains 41 pages. It reads like a summary. How come the book title does not say it's a Summary of The Obstacle is the Way? Is the physical book a summary as well?

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abbi_g
Jan 21, 2019

This is the second Ryan Holiday book that I've read and it really resonated with me. I jotted down some key takeaways for my own personal reference, including his quote that I shared above. Now having read this book and Ego Is The Enemy, it's obvious he's a person who submits himself to countless hours of reading and educating himself on the nuances of life. I personally find his viewpoint of the world to be very thoughtful, yet practical, which makes me appreciate his writing even more.

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darcyhudjik
Nov 30, 2017

This is an excellent condensation of real-life application of stoicism. I definitely recommend it.

Franln Jul 24, 2017

Very sound and logical life advice. Makes me want to know more about Stoicism.

pmcconnell3 Feb 27, 2015

i have no idea how to download and read this. simple instructions are needed.

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abbi_g
Jan 21, 2019

There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.

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