This book gets great reviews and is clearly very well-loved.
Also, I’d already read “Growth Hacker Marketing” by the same author, which was a very good read.
Due to those two points, I was eager to read this book.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as taken with this book as I thought I would be.
What’s the book about?
The tagline on the front cover of the book is, “The ancient art of turning adversity into advantage.” In other words, how to develop a stoic mindset.
That means learning how to turn obstacles upside down and overcome them, learning to face failure, cope with difficulties, and handle the struggles that life throws at us.
The book’s structure
The book is broken down into three parts:
- Perception (How to see a problem/obstacle clearly)
- Action (How to act accordingly)
- Will (How to endure and accept the world as it is)
Within those three parts, there are various short chapters that focus on specific tactics that will help you to fulfill the requirement of that chapter so that you can learn to overcome adversity.
What I liked about the book …
My favorite aspect of this book is that it is filled with great stories to help illustrate the author’s point. The stories not only make the book more entertaining, but it also makes it easier to read and understand.
My best-loved quotes from the book were:
“Stay physically loose but mentally strong.”
“Nobody is born with a steel backbone. We have to forge that ourselves.”
I did find much of the information and advice included to be common sense.
That could be because over the past three years I have read a lot of personal development books which all brush over the art of dealing with and facing obstacles.
Also, throughout my business and personal life, I’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity on my own, including multiple business failures, facing personal bankruptcy, homelessness, suicide, etc. So, it could be that I’ve already unknowingly developed my own stoic mindset along the way.
What did I think of the book overall?
Overall, I found this book more of a motivational speech than a self-help book.
There’s nothing specifically that I don’t like about the book; it just left me feeling somewhat indifferent.
It’s not a bad book and I did enjoy reading it. I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would after reading other people’s reviews.
This review is my own personal experience and thoughts.
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The Obstacle is the Way
This book teaches the ancient art of the stoic mindset; turning obstacles upside down, learning to face failure, cope with difficulties, and handle the struggles that life throws at us. An enjoyable read made up of short chapters and stories to help you overcome adversity.
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