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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Hardcover – May 1 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (May 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846352
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 18.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Nikki on Nov. 23 2015
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Loved!!!!
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
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I just finished reading this book. I will be reading it again and again, I can tell. The message is so positive and beautifully realistic. This book isn't based on that false positivism that doesn't help you deal with life's many tsunamis. I have recommended it to my best friends. It really gives you a sense of resilience, courage and moving forward. My only critical comment is that it would be so much more inspiring for women to read more stories of women living courageous lives too. Hopefully, this book will see future new editions and that point can be balanced out better.
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The book isn't what I would call a how-to, it is a collection of stories about other people who have overcome a lot, and what motivated them.

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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Truly compelling!The encouragement brought me to tears. What a beautiful handbook with real and immediate applications. Thank you Ryan for offering such hope through such caring words. Reading it again a second time...like the scene of little Josh at his desk, work on chess notations in SFBF, "I HAVE to..."
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I was expecting more of a guide to stoicism and how to apply it in these modern times. That is not this book. This book is more of a manifesto, why you should embrace stoicism. Although I do like how it sums it all up in three simple points. It's a short book so worth the read if you are just getting into stoicism (like me). I suspect though that jumping right to the source material might be best if you're really serious about stoicism. We'll see soon since that's what I'll be doing.
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This book correctly shows you the way through life. It doesn't give you hope that it will be easy because you read this. It simply enlightens you, helps you deal with the fact that every human being on the planet has obstacles that they must face. It is how you respond to those obstacles that sets apart the strong from the weak, the brave from the cowardly and the great from mediocre.
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I picked up this book at the right moment when I needed it. I was going through a tough phase - financially, career wise and emotionally. I was browsing through recommendations on Amazon Kindle, and this came up. This book is a must-read. This is not a fluffy self-help and motivational book. This book lays out the cold harsh truth that obstacles are inevitable. More importantly, it changes your mindset on how you can welcome failure. It also teaches you the importance of taking action. Once again, a definite must-read. The book is filled with numerous stories and illustrations. I was impressed with it so much that I decided to write review on my blog. http://tinyurl.com/o549kat
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I have recommended this book to all my kids and friends (who would "get it") how did this topic of motivation slip by me all these years
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