The words of Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius highlight a truth any high achiever has lived by, obstacles are opportunities in disguise. “The Obstacles in the Way” provides a recipe to follow so anyone can triumph in the face of adversity. The stories of great inventors, entrepreneurs and pioneers of their time who overcame obstacles are analyzed so anyone can emulate their success.
My key Takeaways from "The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph" by Ryan Holiday
Turn Obstacles Into Advantages
How many times did you give up on something because of an obstacle that made you either change direction or give up on your focus entirely? Obstacles occur in every aspect of daily life and should be tackled head on, turned into advantages instead of excuses, and used as a stepping stone to success. How? By focusing on the following 3 things:
Perception -Instead of thinking an obstacle is hindering or blocking a plan, that nothing ever goes your way and that this cannot be overcome, drop the emotion and look at the obstacle from an objective point of view. See it in a positive light and you'll see hidden possibilities and opportunities. When the going gets tough, remember that the largest obstacles hide the largest weaknesses. Use the strength of that obstacle against it until you weaken it so much that it crumbles.
Action- Panic never helped anyone, instead, you need to summon all of your self-discipline. With persistence and tenacity as well as by being flexible and creative you can overcome any obstacle. Sometimes you get through one obstacle to find another standing in your way, in this case, don't focus on the outcome but instead on completing each challenge individually – A mountain is climbed 1 step at a time, not all at once!
Will – You need enough willpower and belief in yourself to persevere and eventually overcome the obstacle without giving up but you must also understand and accept what cannot be changed and what can be changed. You cannot change external factors such as natural disasters, death, or other people's action. You can change the internal factor; how you react to an event or situation.