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

by Ryan Holiday

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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

Preface & Introduction

Part I: Perception

The Discipline of Perception

Recognize Your Power

Steady Your Nerves

Control Your Emotions

Practice Objectivity

Alter Your Perspective

Is It Up To You?

Live In the Present Moment

Think Differently

Finding the Opportunity

Prepare to Act

Part II: Action

The Discipline of Action

Get Moving

Practice Persistence


Follow the Process

Do Your Job, Do It Right

What’s Right Is What Works

In Praise of the Flank Attack

Use Obstacles Against Themselves

Channel Your Energy

Seize the Offensive

Prepare For None of It to Work

Part III: Will

The Discipline of the Will

Build Your Inner Citadel

Anticipation (Thinking Negatively)

The Art of Acquiescence

Love Everything That Happens: Amor Fati


Something Bigger Than Yourself

Meditate On Your Mortality

Prepare to Start Again