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The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
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The Curriculum: School of Hard Knocks (Highly Practical; No Dr. Phil's Hogwash or Powdery Puff like that of Eckhart Tolle)
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 could be immensely helpful to the bright-eyed, the bubbly, the go-getters, et al., in coping with the coming obstacles that will surely come his/her way, some of which could even be so devastating that it shatters (or seems to) the personal myth most of us hold so tightly upon entering the working world: a big house, a perfect marriage, 2 straight A kids, and a well-planned career you love and that makes you tons of money.

This is a new perspective coming from many different angles on turning obstacles over, around and about into positives, and maybe to a better way than that shattered myth of me. I go back to this book often and always find a treasure I really need and that I'd forgotten from my first reading.

This is not a feel-good, power of positive thinking, Dr. Phil Hogslappery or Eckhart Tolle Powder of Now Puffery.

It's real and it's really practical.
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July 26, 2014 – Shelved
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