The Obstacle Is the Way - Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
  • Size: 2.01 MB
Score: 4.5
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#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

The Obstacle is the Way
 has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.

Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” 

Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.

If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.


  • Life Changing

    By nosleepsupply
    “Right action is the best action”.
  • Insightful!

    By C&J
    A great reminder that we can overcome obstacles and succeed!
  • Life changing

    By missletty8
    Watch your life change as you read this book. Incredible -Leticia Warrior
  • Great Book

    Great book that I couldn’t put down. I normally don’t finish books because I lose interest or it isn’t impacting me. This book had my attention from the first page to the last! It’s a must read for people who want to live a happier life!!
  • Great read

    By Mtabdulm
    Goes in deep while keeping the big picture at hand
  • Perspective changing

    By 801Grizzly
    Fascinating book, and I’m very grateful to have read it! I work in manufacturing and It’s changed not only how I look at the not-so-enjoyable “busy work” that must be managed before getting to work on more interesting projects and challenges, but also how I interact with my team members (Unity over Self and “giving a crack at lifting the heavy end”). The authors bias is apparent several times throughout the book and only serves as a distraction from the point being made, regardless of whether you agree with it or not.
  • Waste of time and money.

    By Adam3Adam2Adam1
    Over half way through and it’s just repetitive, boring, nonsense.
  • So many gems within this book!

    By Gaylon Hughes Jr.
    Three discplines to instill into your daily life. If followed on a daily basis, there is not one obstacle that deprive your life, it can only make it better. Thanks for the great read, Ryan Holiday!
  • Practice

    By !AO!
    Help separate emotion from daily decisions to lead a better more prosperous life. This book will show you the way.
  • Great read!

    By AlainJJ
    Loved it and the simpleness of the writing. I will definitely immerse into the stoic way and purchase some of the recommended books.