Book Review: The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

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About the Author: Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist for popular clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene, he instructed many bestselling writers and multi-platinum composers. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his job in advertising was globally known. 

His techniques are used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and were featured in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker, and Fast Company. He is the author is "Trust Me; I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.” He currently stays in New Orleans with his rebellious puppy, Hanno.



About the Book: 

"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcurelius.

We are stuck, hampered, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a recipe for success 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 openings. Faced with impossible circumstances, they found the remarkable victories we all seek. These men and women were not extremely brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical beliefs laid down by a Roman emperor who attempted to communicate a method for excellence in any circumstances. 


There are many books written by such eminent personalities, some of our recommendations are :


The author sees most people getting stuck in the face of hurdles, but some people growing at every challenge. He wants everyone to prosper in the face of obstacles, so he studied those rare people. The book is practically an instruction guide on how to change your behavior self-talk towards challenges. In doing so, we can make a strategy towards progress and endure towards completion.

This book reveals that formula for the first time and indicates how we can turn our adversity into a benefit.


Have you read The Obstacle Is the Way Yet?

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