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
Characteristics: xvi, 201 pages ; 19 cm


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Franln Jul 24, 2017

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

ktnv Mar 27, 2015

This is a very inspiring little book. The ideas in it are so very useful for looking at all aspects of life. The author uses many examples of people who have used the Stoic Philosophy in their lives to overcome and view obstacles in a unique way.

Mar 20, 2015

This is a good read for gaining perspective. It's not at all cheesy and is written in a way that is very accessible and easy to read and get into. The author lays out various points in Stoic Philosophy as strategies to manage and move through obstacles in life. Each point is well articulated and throughout the book there are interesting examples of prominent historical figures who took and embodied the philosophical points described and owed their successes to how that shaped their approach to the challenges they faced. It makes what he is talking about feel very relevant. It comes across as less of a "self help" book and as more of a manifesto of useful things to think about.

pmcconnell3 Feb 27, 2015

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

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