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

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
ISBN:9781591846352
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About 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


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

  • Lenny D

    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...

  • Jazzmin Hunter

    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". ...

  • Marcus

    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...

  • J.F. Penn

    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...

  • Heather

    This book was a fucking obstacle. Now I can share the way: Don't bother....

  • Brad Feld

    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...

  • Lee

    Found this after googling "The Process" during a highly caffeinated Sixers-related research session one day. The Process refers to Sixers GM Sam Hinkie's plan to pull the team out of mediocrity by cle...

  • Eric Gardner

    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 ...

  • Tim Nowotny

    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 ...

  • Perry

    The Curriculum: School of Hard Knocks (Highly Practical; No Dr. Phil's Hogwash or Powdery Puff like that of Eckhart Tolle)A Largely Practical Self-Help Book of Advice from the Ages for Those of Us Who...