The Obstacle is the Way / Ryan Holiday

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Thoroughly inspiring. Promotes clear thinking in the face of tough situations. Packed with interesting anecdotes and useful ways of thinking.


In 3 sentences:

How you perceive obstacles will determine how you react to them – learn to see things for what they really are.

Nothing happens unless you take action.

Discipline your will and train your mind to approach obstacles with calm rationality.


Read it if:

A bad situation in your life has you feeling paralysed and helpless.

You want to learn to face the world the way it is rather than idealising or complaining.

You enjoy reading books that are concise and structured.

You need inspiration to get going and grab life by the horns.


Skip it if:

Stoicism doesn’t appeal to you.

You’re looking for a book to escape into – you don’t want to think about your problems.

You like your self-help literature devoid of any narratives – you want the lessons and not the fables.


Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5

Length: 201 pages

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


If you enjoyed this, check out

The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius (the Gregory Hayes translation is quite accessible)


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