The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way Summary

#1 Wall Street JournalBestseller

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.

Book Reviews


Wow5 star

Incredible read!!55


Amazing book that everyone should read!5 star

I will be buying this book for everyone that I love (that can read of course). I couldn’t put it down!55


Everyone should read5 star

Read it over and over again. By far his finest writing.55


Life Changing5 star

“Right action is the best action”.55


Insightful!5 star

A great reminder that we can overcome obstacles and succeed!55


Life changing4 star

Watch your life change as you read this book. Incredible -Leticia Warrior45

Great Book5 star

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!!55


Great read5 star

Goes in deep while keeping the big picture at hand55


Perspective changing4 star

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.45


Waste of time and money.1 star

Over half way through and it’s just repetitive, boring, nonsense.15

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