- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (May 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591846358
- ISBN-13: 978-1591846352
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
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- Customer Reviews: 1,817 customer ratings
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The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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About the Author
Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; The Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family.
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One of the most helpful applications of this book is changing the ways I interact with my family of origin. My parents and siblings are anxious, doubtful, and pessimistic. For the most part, I am not. However, for years I've struggled with my own reactions to being around them. Every family holiday or vacation caused me to regress to adolescence, and after each event, it took weeks for me to recover. Through this book, I realized that my reacting to their reactivity was totally ironic. I don't have to react to them. Once I became aware of this, it became a choice. Now, I can choose to see these family events as opportunities to feel grateful for my own equanimity. And when I do lose balance, I can be easy on myself, because I remember that new habits take a while to develop. I can also choose to remove myself from environments that aren't serving me.
Very empowering, very practical. Thank you, Ryan Holiday!
It is definitely an entertaining book and if that is what you are after by all means enjoy. For self improvement and moderate stoic insight it would also be an acceptable and useful addition to ones library.
For deeper exploration and prescriptive tools to start your journey in to Stoicism refer to Donald Robertson's Stoicism and the Art of Happiness. For continuous study and original works look for Epictetus's Discourses and The Enchiridion (My favorites) as well as Seneca's Letters From A Stoic.
For advanced application look to Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. For broadening your sphere look to works by Rufus, Zeno, and Socrates.
So many years, so much pop-psychobabble, yet the ancients had the most pragmatic approach all along. Makes sense, when you stop to think of how much harder and less predictable life was.
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However, I do recommend you read all the stoic books available to truly understand and integrate the stoic principles in your life. But if you're not interested, then Ryan Holiday's books will be perfect for you.
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