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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Profile Books (1. Mai 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1781251487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251485
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 2,4 x 18,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 14.808 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A book for the bedside of every future - and current - leader in the world. -- Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery Ryan Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy ... this whiz kid is the secret weapon you've never heard of. -- Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour Work Week The Obstacle is the Way decants in concentrated form the timeless techniques for self-mastery as employed to world-conquering effect by philosophers and men of action from Alexander the Great to Marcus Aurelius to Steve Jobs. Follow these precepts and you will revolutionize your life. As Mr Holiday writes, "It's simple, it's just not easy." Read this book! -- Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of 'The War of Art and Gates of Fire' An absolute must-read. A kind of user's manual for life, you will turn to it time and time again and learn to tear through any obstacle and resolve any conflict. -- Jimmy Soni, managing editor of Huffington Post, author of Rome's Last Citizen Praise for Trust Me, I'm Lying: 'A playbook for the dark arts of exploiting the media -- Robert Greene The 48 Laws of Power An astonishing, disturbing book Financial Times

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Ryan Holiday is a media strategist for notorious clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney, and worked on the publicity campaign for Tim Ferriss's The 4-Hour Work Week. After dropping out of college at nineteen, he went on to advise bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel and his strategies are used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google. His first book, Trust Me I'm Lying was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He currently lives in New Orleans.

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Can be seen as kind of guide how to perceive obstacles in life...Really great! Theory backed by many real life examples.
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2 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Victor de Sabata am 23. Juni 2014
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This is the worst book that I have encountered in a long time. It reads as though a computer simply compiled lots of quotes and meaningless sayings. I suspect a bunch of interns simply did this and Ryan Holiday added his arrogant and cocky slant. Don't buy this book.
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2 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von nickr8 am 9. Mai 2014
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Ich war sehr positiv von Ryan Holidays neuem Buch überrascht. Das eher trockene Thema der Philosophie wird durch dieses Buch richtig lebendig gemacht. Der Rat, der das Buch gibt ist sowohl zeitlos, als auch sofort am eigenen Leben anwendbar.
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Stoicism as your operating system 7. Mai 2014
Von Ron Immink - Veröffentlicht auf
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Get on with it.

A friend of mine is a imagineer, philosopher and strategic consultant. Every now and then he does Marcus Aurelius sessions. I was at one of those and I can honestly say it changed my life. This books could change yours.

Stoicism as an operating system

Marcus Aurilius is part of the Stoics. Which should be the operating system of every entrepreneur. This is why “The obstacle is the way” should be compulsory reading for every entrepreneur, CEO, student, job seeker. Heck, everyone should read this. You are going soft. Bad things will happen.

Antidote to learned helplessness

Moving from “learned helplessness” to mastering a toolset that deals with everything that life and business will throw at you. It has touches of “33 strategies of war” and “Mastery” by Robert Greene. It has touches of “Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb. It has touches of “Coherence” by Alan Watkins. Touches of “Killing giants” by Stephen Denny. And touches on “Poke the box” and the “Icarus deception” by Seth Godin. These are some of our favourite authors and books in Bookbuzz. Applied across leadership, resilience, strategy and management.

3 disciplines

What you need are 3 disciplines. The discipline of perception, the discipline of action and the discipline of will. Discipline and mastery being the operative words. Extreme reality therapy. Fear is a choice. Inaction is choice. How you feel about things is a choice. Everything is a choice. Get on with it.


“Choose not to be harmed, and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been” Marcus Aurelius.

The art of not panicking

Good or bad are perceptions. Observing and perceiving are two different things. The perceiving eye is weak, the observing eye is strong. Perspective is everything. Be aware of context and framing. Emotions colour your perception. What was the main skill they trained astronauts? The art of not panicking. Straight from “Coherence”.

Perception is reality

Perception determines what we are and they determine reality itself. Straight from “The secret”. Ryan Holiday likes entrepreneurs. In his view, entrepreneurs create their own reality. They make something that was not there before. They perceive thing differently.

“What is up to us, what is not up to us.

A lot of things you cannot control. They are what they are. You do control your choices. Actions define the person. And you can only move in the now. That is why lots of entrepreneurs start in a recession. It is not about yesterday for entrepreneurs. They only deal with the situation at hand. Paying the bills, getting the sales. Which is quite liberating if you think about it. If you are not into starting your own business, other ways to get you in the present are exercise, meditation or getting a dog.


Be a shark

In life it does not matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with it. Doing nothing should never be an option. Like a shark, you need to keep moving. The book gets something of “Being a fierce competitor” at this stage. Could you do more, move faster? You probably could. So what are you wasting your time on Facebook for? Aggression is a good thing. Barreling forward is a good thing. Taking risks is a good thing.


Mastery pops up again. Craft. The 10,000 hours. Achieving excellence. Working hard. Persistence. Looking for angles instead of angels. No running home to mummy. Get on with it.


Action is linked to tactics and strategy and here is where you could be reading Robert Greene. Blitzkrieg. Flank attack. Ghandi. In only 6 0f the 280 campaigns studies was a decisive victory a result of a direct attack on the enemy’s main army. That is 2%. There are lots of other angles.

Scenario planning

In [...], we talk about scenario planning. Part of the doing is imagining what could happen. Imagining the worse. And plan accordingly. And if it does happen (and sometimes it does), use the event as a catalyst for change.


Mental athletes

Last but not least. Will is an internal power that can never be affected by the outside world. You control will completely. Some fantastic quotes here; “No one is born with a steel back one, we have to forge that ourselves”. “ We craft our strength through physical exercise and our physical hardiness through mental practice”. “A sound mind in a sound body”. Again scenario planning is mentioned. Becoming mental athletes. Prepare for the worst. And accept what is coming. The art of acquiescence. Que sera, sera, what will be, will be.

Get on with it

Coping with it though determination, persistence and perseverance. Persistence is an action, perseverance is a matter of will. Getting on with it. No one else is to blame when you throw in the towel.


Mortality is the ultimate obstacle. Once you accept that, you can deal with anything. Use that in your scenario planning.

Wake up call

Definitely not a book of what the author calls “gushing, hazy optimism”. A wake up call. A recipe for dealing with hardship and crisis. And delivering (and this is what makes this book special), an operating system for the difficulties and hardships of life.

No excuses any more. Get on with it.
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A book for successful businessmen and academics 6. Mai 2014
Von Isaiah Hankel - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Obstacle is the Way digs into how knowledge and reason are in fact the highest good, as well as how to stay indifferent to pleasure and pain and how to respond to the vicissitudes of fortune objectively. The key is to not let your emotions color your perception of the world.

Ryan not only provides a great review of stoicism, he does an excellent job at articulating exactly how this school of thought can be applied to any problems that you might be facing now as you try to advance your career or transition from academia into a new career. He also provides an ample number of takeaways in the book. The Obstacle is the Way goes beyond the philosophy of stoicism simply by making the philosophy actionable. Reading this book will make you take action. Rational action.

If you're looking to:

-Take your career to the next level by getting a promotion (even though someone else is standing in your way)
-Transition out of academia and into a new career to finally get paid what you're worth (even though you don't have any business connections)
-Quit your job and start your own business so you never have to work for anyone again (even though you don't know how to run a business)

...then this book is for you. The Obstacle is the Way is rooted in concrete, everlasting principles, not processes or fads that come and go with the wind. By reading this book, you will understand these principles and you will be able to make use of them to get what you want.

If you want to get ahead, the Obstacle is the Way is highly recommended.
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Excellent! A must-read book 2. Mai 2014
Von Pascal - Veröffentlicht auf
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In The Obstacle is the Way Ryan Holiday writes about how one can turn any obstacle into an opportunity, and shows clear examples using histories most fascinating figures.

Anyone who reads this will benefit from Ryan Holiday's concise writing, an introduction to Stoic philosophy and a fantastic approach to life!
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Very solid, very useful 1. Juni 2014
Von Michael P. Maslanka - Veröffentlicht auf
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Holiday's take on Stoic philosophy provides actionable, everyday advice: do the work in front of you;we don't control events but we do control our reaction to them;take action(he quotes Amelia Earhart,"Always think with your stick
forward.") The book soars when he writes about Admiral Stockdale and how he pulled his men through the Hanoi Hilton by focusing on them and not on himself;he made it his mission. Holiday writes, "Even if we can't carry the load all the way,we're going to take our crack at picking up the heavy end. We're going to be of service to others. Help ourselves by helping them. Becoming better because of it, drawing purpose from it." And always, always turn a negative into a positive;and, in doing so a mistake evaporates, replaced by a lesson;obstacles become an advantage that makes you stronger;gone are perils replaced by an opportunity mindset. Wish I had read something like this 30 years ago but sometimes wisdom never comes so it should not be rejected merely because it comes late.
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I waited five years for Ryan Holiday to write this... 3. Mai 2014
Von Angus Blair - Veröffentlicht auf
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... And it was totally worth the wait.

An incredibly clear summary of stoic ideals told through captivating stories with an engaging pragmatism.
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