The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it neednt be this way. There is a formula for success thats been followed by the icons of historyfrom John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobsa 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 timeand shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage....
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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Reviews
The formula: repackage a lot of great quotes, mostly from stoic philosophy. Tie together in a small, convenient carry-along parcel that will appeal to a strategically selected customer base. Add annotation of little value to the works of other writers and great men. Throw in the single beat of a drum with the same message over and over, so that we get it. Perform the aforementioned feat of reverse prestidigitation without bringing the material to life in any way or providing significant insight. ...more
I really wanted to like this. Ryan seems like a smart guy. But I just found it tedious to get through. It was very repetitive and "cheerleady" (okay, I know that's not a word).
I can summarize this book in a few words:
Put on your big boy pants.
And do the right thing.
Toward the end of the book, in the recommended reading, Ryan states not to read the books about Stoicism but to read the originals. The books about Stoicism aren't worth checking out (and he knows because he's read all of th ...more
Το καλύτερο βιβλίο που διάβασα το 2014.Και ίσως το δευτερο καλύτερο βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει τα τελευταία χρόνια. Οποιος περνάει φάση αβεβαιότητας, έχει βαρεθεί τις ψευτοδικαιολογίες που δημιουργούμε μόνοι μας, και θελει μια έξτρα δόση αυτοπεποίθεσης θα το λατρέψει...
Μην το διαβάσετε αν σας αρέσει να τα φορτώνετε όλα στην μοίρα και προτιμάτε την κλάψα απο την δράση
(Επίσης must βιβλίο για λάτρεις του Στωικισμού.)
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".
This book contains superficially interpreted and simplified ideas of the Stoic philosophy and interconnects them with the anecdotes and modern life examples. Thats it. You will not find there any original idea or even analysis of the Stoicism. Author repeats the same things again and again seasoned with the names and quotes of the great philosophers.
Taking the reader through a practical and extremely balanced approach for handling failure, The Obstacle is the Way is a must-read for anyone who has struggled with crippling self-doubt, self-pity, and ennui. Through the wisdom of the Stoics and the example of history, Ryan Holiday reminds us that even great setbacks and obstacles are not the end of the world. Rather, they can become the fuel for a life well-lived. If we so choose.
As someone who feels deeply and places great value on emotions as ...more
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 in itself would be no bad thing. The bad thing for me starts when there is no depth in this book. It is like having heard a good quote and repeating it over and over and over again.
I like the author and I like stoism. But there is so much more than "It is not important what life throws at you, you s ...more
Picked this up after I heard the author speak on a podcast, and thought it would be worth looking into, at the very least for a refresher on the upshots of stoicism. This book contradicts itself, leaves gaping holes in its practical advice, and is yet another apology for the idea that "successful people are successful because they're better people than everyone else".
The author recognizes that there are many factors in life which are out of a person's control, but takes pains to ignore that tho ...more