The Obstacle Is the Way - Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,504 Ratings)


#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

The Obstacle is the Way
has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.

Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” 

Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.

If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.


  • This Is The Way

    By Richard Bakare
    I have long been a fan of Ryan Holiday’s “The Daily Stoic.” Having read it consistently every day since January of 2020. I did not realize how pivotal it would be in helping me navigate the Pandemic. That book I thought was enough but then I was gifted this book and of course I have had so much more to learn. It reminds me of an updated version of Robert Greene’s “48 Laws of Power.” More concise and to the point. Grouped neatly into three key sections that build neatly on each other. Its brevity is what helps make it sticky. Strong historical anecdotes set the scene and deep analysis give you actionable summaries. Holiday’s style is to move you to act not just be inspired. This is a compelling book in the motivational category that is not burdened by the cliche and kitschy language of similar entries in this genre. Slowly, over the course of reading it the mantra will creep into and settle deep into your brain; The Obstacle is the Way! Or put another way, this is the way. The stoic, measured view on the world. I am looking forward to reading more by Holiday.
  • Good book.

    By Mr. Nycto
    Very inspiring read.
  • Thank you!

    By Picknanup
    Clarifying and powerful! Thank you Ryan for the education and inspiration to learn more about Stoicism and, indeed, more about myself.
  • I like the thoughts.

    By Scalinni
    I enjoyed the thoughts and insights.
  • Worth Every Dollar!

    By Nattyre100
    Highly recommend, it gives you a better way of looking at every obstacle that comes in your life whether it be depression or an unknown issue appearing in your business. I loved reading it and will definitely read it again
  • Great Book

    By hdgahahajabshavja
    At this particular point in my life I ran across this book at the perfect time. Definitely helped reshape my perception on obstacles. Showed me how I can use these road blocks to my advantage versus oh woe is me. I highly recommend adding this one to your library if you haven’t already.
  • Grateful

    By GypsyFreedomFighter
    Wonderful roadmap for living a life of purpose! It will be reread for years to keep the philosophical mojo flowing! Thank you, Ryan!
  • Changed my life

    By Andy K W
     These last few years I have been lost, graduating from college with a degree I don’t use. Engaged to be married and fearful of the future. Overweight and irresponsible with my finances. Ryan, holiday and the works of the stoics have helped me find a better path in life. This book along with many others has helped me tremendously. Thank you so much.
  • Well done!

    By AGraffin
    Excellent. I highly recommend.
  • A Must Read!

    By RyanOdaHawaii
    Lots of great examples and stories!