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


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

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a 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 time—and 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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages

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

  • Lenny D
    Feb 29, 2016

    Great advice, everyone: overcome adversity. Just do it! For example, if you have a contract from Penguin to write a self-help book but you have absolutely nothing to say, don't fret. This is an opport...

  • Marcus
    Jun 02, 2014

    This isn't much more than a superficial repackaging of stoicism combined with some semi-interesting anecdotes and a whole lot of trite motivational affirmations. The book is written in the style of Ho...

  • Jazzmin Hunter
    Nov 07, 2014

    About as useful as starting with a list of amputees, picking out only the successful ones, getting their stories, and then writing a book called "Having a Limb Chopped Off is the Way". ...

  • J.F. Penn
    May 12, 2014

    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, t...

  • Tim Nowotny
    May 24, 2014

    Maybe I got into it with too much background of the author.Knowing and linking much of the Tim Ferris stuff I had read the blog post of "How to do a bestseller" which this applies without shame. That ...

  • Brad Feld
    May 26, 2014

    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...

  • Isaiah Hankel
    May 08, 2014

    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 objec...

  • Andrew McMillen
    May 21, 2014

    I don't know whether the author intended it to be read as such, but to me this is nothing if not a motivational book. Rooted in actionable philosophy that seeks to flip readers' perception of any prob...

  • Olivier Goetgeluck
    May 22, 2014

    Ryan Holiday has been one of my greatest mentors in life - even though he doesn't know it, his blog starting in 2007 has been a tremendous influence on my life. I've read a lot of books based on his m...

  • Eric Gardner
    Aug 10, 2014

    Early in the book Holiday writes, “This is not a book of gushing, hazy optimism…There will be no folksy saying or cute but utterly ineffectual proverbs.”He is partially right. There aren't many ...

About Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is media strategist for notorious clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his work in advertising was internationally known. His strategies are used as case studies