"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." (Marcus Aurelius)
We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.
These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.
This book reveals that formula for the first time - and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.
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Even if you don’t think of philosophy as relevant or fun, Ryan Holiday is here to change your mind. With this fast, fascinating, and uplifting listen, Holiday introduces us to the teachings of the Stoics, a school of ancient Greeks who believed that life’s biggest challenges are actually its greatest gifts—since they give us the opportunity to learn, adapt, and reach new heights. Holiday paints their philosophies as an appealing way to look at life, peppering this audiobook with surprising examples of how Stoicism has been reflected in the words and deeds of some of the most celebrated people in history, from Thomas Edison to Barack Obama. Smart, plain-spoken, and read by the author himself, The Obstacle is the Way shows us how Stoicism has tons of applications in real life, like learning how to anticipate worst-case scenarios so that surprises won’t steamroll you if and when they happen. If watching The Good Place got you interested in exploring philosophy on your own, this is a great next step.