The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Hardcover – May 1 2014
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“Follow these precepts and you will revolutionize your life. Read this book!”
—Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and Gates of Fire
“A book for the bedside of every future—and current—leader in the world.”
—Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery
“An absolute must-read.”
—Jimmy Soni, managing editor of Huffington Post, author of Rome’s Last Citizen
“First came Marcus Aurelius, then Frederick the Great . . . and now there’s you. This surprising book shows you how to craft a life of wonder by embracing obstacles and challenges.”
—Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
“In this tight, engaging book, Ryan Holiday shines a bright, powerful light on the path to living and leading well. Read it, learn from it, and get cracking!”
—Nancy F. Koehn, historian and leadership expert, Harvard Business School
“My life has been beset with obstacles. It takes practice (and pain) to surmount them and achieve success. Ryan’s book is a how-to guide for just that.”
—James Altucher, investor and author of Choose Yourself
“Ryan Holiday has written a brilliant and engaging book, well beyond his years. . . . It is invaluable.”
—Honorable Frederic Block, Judge, U.S. District Court
“Even though I was familiar with the basis for this book — the ancient philosophy of stoicism: overcoming obstacles through the practice of wisdom, courage, self-control, and mindfulness — it felt like a revelation when I read it.”
-Allison K. Hill, Los Angeles Daily News
About the Author
RYAN HOLIDAY is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.
His first book, Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator—which the Financial Times called an “astonishing, disturbing book”—was a debut bestseller and is now taught in colleges around the world. He is also the author of Growth Hacker Marketing and the forthcoming Ego is the Enemy. He lives in Austin, Texas, and writes for Thought Catalog and the New York Observer.
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Inspirational, makes sense, gives a different perspective, helps fire some self inquiry and less blame!
There is other book references within the book that have caught my attention and friends have tried and also love.
So I feel the research and inspiration that created this book is also solid :)
I will for sure re-read, I would also recommend and also even gift! 5 Stars
I would give this book to anyone who wants a different perspective, or a to reinforce a mindset of "yes I can".
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Great book, easy read, simple language. The knowledge and wisdom in this book is good for everyone at any time, any age and any walk of life.Published 2 months ago by Shoukry Kattan
Why should life be easy? Are you faced with some tough times?
This is a good read, that explains some of the tough things in life.
Great advice on turning problems into challenges and living with integrity. I wish I had been exposed to Stoic philosophy at a younger age.Published 3 months ago by MDO
This book changed my perception on my daily life! Great read by a great writer!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing and powerful read! It is a gem that I will carry with me for on the spot inspiration! My life has been made richer and the end result is personal empowerment!Published 11 months ago by Wendy Carlton
A nice mix of pep talk and harsh reality to help you get over yourself so you can get over your problems.Published 11 months ago by Benjamin Boudreau
Excellent. Must read with Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Don't tell Ryan that I said that... he'd blushed to be compared to his heroes.Published 11 months ago by Christopher Stocovaz
I absolutely loved this book! It really teaches you how to move through obstacles and how to become fearless overcoming them!Published 12 months ago by Farmer Derek