Obstacle Is the Way

Obstacle Is the Way

Author: Ryan Holiday

Buy It: Amazon

Entertainment Value: 7/10

Life Value: 9/10

Read If: You aspire to be an effective force in this world. Or you just love awesome stories and want to know about Stoic philosophy.

Do Not Read If: Part of your identity is being a victim, and you want to cling to that like a baby to a blankie.

Were you aware that Abraham Lincoln suffered from a crippling depression his whole life? That didn't stop him from being the President, winning a war, abolishing slavery, and generally being one of the baddest human beings to exist. In fact, honest Abe credited much of his success to his affliction. His obstacle was turned into his greatest strength. And that is what this book is about. We all have obstacles, but to be happy, successful, and win at life we have to learn to turn challenges into advantages.

Ryan helped one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene, write some of the most influential books I have ever read. His style is reminiscent of Greene's, and the historical references are incredible as could be expected. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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5 comments

  • You just need some T&A pics to bring that baby up to a 9.

    thamolas
  • Only 7/10? My whole day is ruined.

    Ryan Holiday
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  • Fantastic read — would highly recommend to anyone looking for inspiration.

    “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”

    Keating Sherry
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