The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

byRyan Holiday
Rating 7 /10 Readability
Read Time 5 hrs Readible On
Published: 2014Read: December 17, 2014Pages: 224
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

The Obstacle is the way, leans a little towards the motivational / self-help area instead of a more technical and specific approach. The book has a lot of anecdotes and references to core stoic messages that help set the narrative for getting into a mindset where the obstacle is part of the course and not something you should fear or avoid. The book is organized into three parts; part one is Perception, which helps you to change the way you think. Part two is Action, which drives you to make decisions. The final part is Will, which deals with willpower and how to strengthen it so you can act on what matters to you.

Motivations to Read

Ryan has been a big proponent of Stoic principles. One of the example quotes from the book drew me in and helped me get a better grasp of the meaning of the title of the book.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius

We all face challenges to varying degrees; some choose to avoid them. I know I have avoided my fair share of challenges I felt not worth taking on, but I see now I may have been denying myself an opportunity to grew and reached my destination.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Acquire a new perspective for thinking about the obstacles you encounter in life as opportunities for growth
  • A modern view of stoicism
  • Framework for overcoming obstacles: Perception, Action, Will
Notes for this book are still being transcribed.
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posted December 11, 2015

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