The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage
We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Ryan Holiday, who dropped out of college at nineteen to serve as an apprentice to bestselling 'modern Machiavelli' Robert Greene and is now a media consultant for billion-dollar brands, draws on the philosophy of the Stoics to guide you...more
Aside from some of the facts within the actual anecdotes—on which I don't trust he's done appropriate research since each of them are presented perfuncto ...more
So: I flat out loved this book! Stoicism, to paraphrase Holiday, is hard-won wisdom forged in the crucible of human experience, and its lessons are enormously valuable. In brief, they are: to do what is within our power and to accept what ...more
We all face obstacles in our lives, what matters is how we perceive them and work with them to move on. "When we aim high, pressure and stress obligingly come along for the ride," so we have to find ways of ...more
He is partially right. There aren't many folksy sayings, but the next 200 pages features a mixture of ineffectual proverbs and utterly incomplete historical rehashes. Holiday is an accomplished thinker and writer, but this book will not give you a comprehensive insight into success or stoicism, but rather a foolishly short-sided view of the worl ...more
A Largely Practical Self-Help Book of Advice from the Ages for Those of Us Who have Come to Hate Contemporary Self-Help Bullshit
I'm not being coy when I say this should be required reading before being awarded a college diploma: a synopsis/collection of philosophy (from the Greeks to the leaders of today) and inspiring stories of triumphs in the face of the trials of life. It ...more
Knowing and linking much of the Tim Ferris stuff I had read the blog post of "How to do a bestseller" which this applies without shame. That in itself would be no bad thing. The bad thing for me starts when there is no depth in this book. It is like having heard a good quote and repeating it over and over and over again.
I like the author and I like stoism. But there is so much more than "It is not important what life throws at you, you s ...more
Ryan not only provides a great review of stoicism, he does an excellent job at articulating exactly how this school of thought can be applied to any problems that you might be facing now as you try to advance your career ...more
I can summarize this book in a few words:
Put on your big boy pants.
And do the right thing.
Toward the end of the book, in the recommended reading, Ryan states not to read the books about Stoicism but to read the originals. The books about Stoicism aren't worth checking out (and he knows because he's read all of th ...more
As someone who feels deeply and places great value on emotions as ...more
The author recognizes that there are many factors in life which are out of a person's control, but takes pains to ignore that tho ...more
"To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school ... it is to solve some o ...more
I can't assess how good an introduction this is to Stoicism for one not acquainted with it. I would argue, however, that Stoicism doesn't require an introduction. Part of the beauty of the "Enchiridion" or "The Discourses" of Epictetus is their clarity and straightforwardness. Marcus Aurelius doesn't employ a te ...more
"We shouldn't listen too closely to what people say. We'll find ourselves erring on the side of accomplishing nothing."
Μην το διαβάσετε αν σας αρέσει να τα φορτώνετε όλα στην μοίρα και προτιμάτε την κλάψα απο την δράση
(Επίσης must βιβλίο για λάτρεις του Στωικισμού.)
This book is stoicism 101, and resiliency 101. When you feel fear, doubt, lost- this is a book that will remind you that your problems are not unique- plenty of people have suffered worse, and flourished because of it.
It may be difficult to wrap our minds around some of these ideas in today's coddled, soft, comfortable society. But cultivating grit, strength, resilience has never been more important.
A quick read, and Ryan's writing ...more
Like other philosophy books, I found this one to be heavy on the sto ...more