The Obstacle Is the Way

  • by Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by Ryan Holiday
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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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Stop complaining and get on with it!

Would you listen to The Obstacle Is the Way again? Why?

This is great book. Although as others have said narrators should take a day off if they have a cold. I have listened to it 4 or 5 times.


What other book might you compare The Obstacle Is the Way to, and why?

In a nutshell this book reminded me of a cross between Mastery by Robert Green and a modern version of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always enjoy listening to books that have mini biographies of people turning their situations around. Its always reassuring to know that other peoples lives don’t always go to plan as well. People who have had significantly worse days than mine have stuck with it and got through to the other side – often with fame and fortune for their trouble.


Any additional comments?

I found nothing new in the book but I find that I often need reminding that it’s not that bad and I should just get on with it.

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- M J Ball

Fantastic read

Ryan Holiday's work is so humbling. You can listen to this over and over again the book has infinite potential.
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- Matthew Henry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2014
  • Publisher: Tim Ferriss