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The Obstacle Is The Way

The Obstacle is The Way is something I wished I had read it in my younger years.

If you’ve heard of Aratus, Aristo, Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius… then you have probably heard of the Stoicism discipline. Reading The Obstacle Is The Way is like drinking a glass of water while listening to ancient philosophy.

What I liked

  • Ryan wrote the book when he was 26. But, you will be amazed by the depth of his philosophy in life despite his young age.
  • The historical examples
  • He revitalized ancient wisdom and presented it in modern words.
  • Makes you see the world from a different perspective
  • The author gives some profound insights about life obstacles and what to do about it
  • The book is both inspiring and entertaining
  • for young people who are entering the real world. For those who constantly dream of a perfect future with nothing that could shatter it.
  • Will help you discover the lesson behind every negative situation
  • Excellent narration
  • clear, concise
  • I enjoyed the way the book is chapterized.
  • Everyone have faced some hardships in his life. Everyone, at some point, asked himself “what is this happening? What did I do wrong?”. The book teaches us to accept things as they are and to move forward.
  • This book will inspire you to go forward despite the ups and downs in your life
  • Packed of wisdom that is as old as history but still relevant in modern days
  • For people who face had decisions and obstacles
  • Made a lot of sense
  • Pragmatic
  • Listen to it more than one time, for you may forget some precious lessons with time. Each time, let new information soak in.

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What I did not like

  • The conversation at the end of the book
  • The examples taken from contemporary figures such as President Barack Obama or Steve Jobs: very generic
  • Ryan’s voice: the narration seems monotone and has a nasal type of sound.

My Conclusion on “The Obstacle is the Way”

Although the audiobook seems almost like a remastering of an ancient Roman manuscript, the listener is going to discover some interesting concepts. However, the concepts need to be practiced, and that’s no easy task.

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