The Obstacle is the Way

obstacle-is-the-way The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

by Ryan Holiday

This is a guide through stoic philosophy without being one. Stoicism isn’t particularly well known. Most know it’s something Roman-related, and calling someone “stoic” means they appear cold an unfeeling.

Stoicism actually is a philosophy about how to live life. It’s like a Roman version of Zen.

This book skips talking about stoicism, and gives a well-structured guide to how to think about life and the obstacles it throws at you. It includes lots of great stories from some people you’ve heard of, some you haven’t, to serve as examples to illustrate each point.

Points that stood out to me:

Turns out philosophy is not some heady game for scholars. It is, in fact, about finding practical solutions to life’s challenges.