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

by Ryan Holiday

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"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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Awesome book. Great content and well written. As a business owner/entrepreneur, this is an incredibly inspiring way to approach work and leadership as well as a way a way to approach life. I am now inspired to be a stoic. Ryan Holiday is a great writer and I highly recommend this book.


Love this book, but who had the great idea of having the audiobook be one single 6 hour file? It would have been awesome to have divided up the chapters. Dissapointed

Stoicism and Success

This book is a great introduction to stoicism. It tells how successful people from President Obama and Steve Jobs to Amelia Earhart and John D Rockefeller embodied stoicism to gain success.

Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Ryan Holiday
  • Published: 2014

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