"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." -- Marcus Aurelius We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history--from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs--a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek. These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations. This book reveals that formula for the first time--and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.
About the Author
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of "Trust Me I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media ""Manipulator". After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of "The 48 Laws of Power", he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians, and served as director of marketing at American Apparel. He currently lives in Austin and writes for "Thought Catalog "and the "New York Observer".
“Follow these precepts and you will revolutionize your life. Read this book!” —Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and Gates of Fire
“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
“An absolute must-read.” —Jimmy Soni, managing editor of Huffington Post, author of Rome’s Last Citizen
“First came Marcus Aurelius, then Frederick the Great . . . and now there’s you. This surprising book shows you how to craft a life of wonder by embracing obstacles and challenges.” —Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
“In this tight, engaging book, Ryan Holiday shines a bright, powerful light on the path to living and leading well. Read it, learn from it, and get cracking!” —Nancy F. Koehn, historian and leadership expert, Harvard Business School
“My life has been beset with obstacles. It takes practice (and pain) to surmount them and achieve success. Ryan’s book is a how-to guide for just that.” —James Altucher, investor and author of Choose Yourself
“Ryan Holiday has written a brilliant and engaging book, well beyond his years. . . . It is invaluable.” —Honorable Frederic Block, Judge, U.S. District Court