The Obstacle Is the Way

By: Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is The Way Book Cover

I enjoy reading Ryan Holiday’s books. But you have to understand that they are a bit different than other personal growth books.

He doesn’t promise frameworks or simple steps to achieving big ideas.

Rather, he pretends you are an archery target and he flings concise thoughts about a topic at you.

So each chapter will usually start with a story about someone in history and then he connects it to his ideas of how that person triumphed over their obstacle.

This book is great at challenging what you think and giving you the encouragement to keep going.

Biggest Insight

For me, the biggest takeaway is to remember that when things are tough, they are placed there for a reason and we can either complain about it or we can recognize the obstacle for what it is and get through it.

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