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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

by Ryan Holiday

About

When facing a problem too often we become stuck, depressed, or frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success. Step by step, we can learn how to turn our adversities into advantages. We can decide if obstacles limit us or if they are opportunities.

About the Author

Ryan Holiday is media strategist for well-known clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his work in advertising is internationally known. His marketing strategies are used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google, and have been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker, and Fast Company.

Great ideas from this book

Problem solving

1. See the obstacle as a situation to face.

2. See the obstacle as a situation to face

3. Discipline your perception

4. Recognize your power

Emotions control

5. Steady your nerves.

6. Control your emotions.

7. Control your emotions.

Problem solving

8. Look at your problem objectively

9. Alter your perspective

10. Be focused only on things that you can change

Lifestyle

11. Live in the present moment

Mindset

12. Think differently.

Problem solving

13. Find the opportunity

Motivation

14. The discipline of action.

15. Get moving.

Persistence

16. Practice Persistence

Motivation

17. Iterate.

Mindset

18. Iterate.

Problem solving

19. Follow the process.

Dedication

20. Do your job, do it right

Mindset

21. What's right is what works

22. In praise of the flank attack

Problem solving

23. Use obstacles against themselves

Mindset

24. Channel your energy

25. Seize the offensive

Will

26. Discipline the Will

27. Build your inner citadel

Anticipation

28. Anticipate (Think Negatively).

29. Anticipate (Think Negatively)

Acceptance

30. Accept what you cannot change.

31. Love everything that happens

Perseverance

32. With perseverance through life.

Mindset

33. Focus on others.

34. Focus on others.

Philosophy

35. Meditate on your mortality

Problem solving

36. Prepare to start again.