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The Obstacle Is The Way

[ 0 ] Jun. 9, 2014 | SBO Editor


How do you turn an obstacle into an opportunity? This is the topic of Ryan Holiday’s new book, “The Obstacle Is The Way,” (Portofolio, 24.95).

Subtitled, “the timeless art of turning adversity to advantage,” the book is a great summer read with stories from events throughout history, illustrating how icons such as John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln and Steve Jobs took what appeared to be an obstacle and made some astonishing lemonade.

In “Obstacle,” Ryan Holiday offers an elastic formula for success. Readers will learn how to turn their setbacks or problems into a platform for achieving goals by controlling perceptions through swift and energetic action and true force of will. You can make your trial into an opportunity.

The Obstacle

According to Holiday, “The obstacle becomes fuel for the blaze that once was ambition.”  He stresses that it was not exceptional intelligence, luck or gifts that enabled legendary entrepreneurs to jump over their hurdle, but rather an ageless set of philosophical principles that great men and women have always followed.

These ancient Stoic principles are available to us all, enabling everyone from overwhelmed soccer moms to business leaders in high-pressure positions to harness their internal power and overcome adversity.

Marcue Aurelius said of the obstacle, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” What is your obstacle? How can you turn that obstacle into something great?

The author believes we are all capable of greatness, creativity and courage. “The Obstacle Is The Way,” teaches us where to find and how to hone those virtues.

Ryan Holiday is the author of “Trust Me, I’m Lying,” abut how truth can get distorted in new media journalism, and the e-book “Growth Hacker Marketing.” He’s written for Forbes, New York Observer, Fast Company and The New York Times, among other publications.

Visit the author’s website to learn more: http://www.ryanholiday.net/

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