Welcome To The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

May 1, 2014

The day has come. The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph is now out. I’ve written a ton of pieces about the book, I produced content and images to support the book and of course, there is already all sorts of press about the book out. I want to use this post (which will be updated for the next couple weeks) as an archive of all of that—or as a place to get started if you’re new to me and my work.

Upcoming Events/Appearances:

5/5: Book signing @ Garden District books in New Orleans

5/7: Book signing @ Book People in Austin

5/14: Marking Rockstars Austria

5/18-20: Google Create UK

5/21: The School of Life Workshop London

5/28: Book signing @ Book Soup in West Hollywood

6/6: Vivid Sydney

Articles I’ve Written For TOITW:

Huffington Post: How Dr. Drew Pinsky Changed My Life

Cracked: 7 People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles To Become Famous

Copyblogger: How I Wrote Three Books In Three Years

FastCompany: 7 Ways To Turn Your Opponents Into Opportunities

Art of Manliness: Finding the Opportunity Inside the Obstacle

Entrepreneur.com: Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: 5 Ways To Deal With Hardship

800-CEO-READ: The 3 Stoic Disciplines: How to Turn Your Obstacles Into Triumphs

Upstart Business Journal: Why Amelia Earhart’s 1925 Gamble Should Inspire Entrepreneurs

Thought Catalog: How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Thought Catalog: Should I Drop Out of College?

Medium: Hey Millennials, It’s A Good Thing Things Are Bad

Psychology Today: The Importance of Negative Thinking

RyanHoliday.net: A Lesson From The World’s Worst Week

RyanHoliday.net: A Practical Philosophy Reading List

Beliefnet.com: Nine Ways To Turn Your Obstacles Into An Advantage


Forbes: Ryan Holiday: How Challenges Become Opportunities For Entrepreneurs

800-CEO-READ: Think In Residence: A Q & A with Ryan Holiday

Art of Manliness: The Obstacle Is The Way with Ryan Holiday

BoingBoing.net: American Apparel marketing director Ryan Holiday on Stoicism

Lewis Howes School of Greatness: The Philosophical Guide to Turning Trials Into Triumphs with Ryan Holiday

Big Think: Read Stoicism

Art of Charm: The Obstacle Is The Way

Bitehype.com: A conversation about obstacles and old books with Ryan Holiday

Intrepid Radio: The Obstacle Is The Way

The New Man: Ryan Holiday – The Obstacle Is The Way

Evidence Magazine: The Obstacle is the Way: A Timeless System for Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

The Phat Startup: How To Destroy Any Obstacle – Ryan Holiday Interview

A Closer Look Radio: Turning Trials Into Triumph with Ryan Holiday

Yo Pro Wealth: Create Your Future, Do What You Love – Ryan Holiday

Press About The Book:

Bittorrent: Every Obstacle Is Also An Opportunity

London Evening Standard: How to avoid a work crisis with a ‘pre-mortem’

Huffington Post: 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People

Huffington Post: 10 Reasons to Love the Obstacles in Your Life

Linked In: Do Bad Odds Help Us Perform Better?

Business Insider: The Simple Strategy Alabama Coach Nick Saban Used To Create A College Football Dynasty

Farnum Street: The Obstacle Is The Way — Turning Adversity Into Advantage

Small Business Trends: “The Obstacle Is The Way” Gives Unusual Advice for Success

Stoicism Today: “The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday

Medium: Resilience — The Obstacle is the Way

Uncollege: Review: “The Obstacle is the Way,” By Ryan Holiday



Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

37 responses to Welcome To The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

  1. Oh s**t! I’ll be in London the 22nd from the north. Can’t believe I’ll miss the workshop.
    I wanted to give you as a gift ”Six Memos for the Next Millennium” by Calvino, sure you’d have appreciated Ryan.

    • Hey Ryan, just wanted to say I love your book. My only thoughts on it is you need to remove can from the book. All cans need to be wills. So instead of I can make this good, I will make this good. It will eliminate doubt and make for an even better book.

  2. Sweet. Thanks Ryan.

    I assume an Audiobook version is already in the works?


  3. been already reading ferociously since getting TOITW… AMAZING content Ryan!!! Thanks a lot!!!

  4. Congratulations, Ryan! I’ve been reading your stuff for a long time so I can understand how much this means to you. I haven’t gotten my mitts on the book yet and I’m getting anxious, as I probably won’t get it until Tuesday. I’m poor, broke and overdrawn on my bank account, so I can’t even order it off Amazon. As a longtime fan, just wanted to send my regards and let you know how much I’ve appreciated your work.


  5. Congrats, dude! You should be proud.

    Also, I don’t see any dates for Nashville? Hope those get added soon. 😉

  6. Hey,

    Just wanted to stop by and say that your book “Trust me I’m lying” is a mindblowing experience. I ordered TOITW just to support your work on the previous book! Also I’ve seeded your bittorrent bundle = 5 GB uploaded so far! 🙂

  7. Interesting, . . . a very Zen-ish sounding title to your book; and I quote:
    “a Chinese proverb says, ‘Where there is an impasse there is a way out’; because the impasse itself is the way out; because the complete realization of the impasse destroys its false appearance. There is a solution, but this is not the solution to the ‘problem’; it is the perception that in reality there never was a problem.” [Hubert Benoit, Let Go! London, 1962.]

  8. I got the book yesterday and have read 1/4 of it.

    Kick-ass. Nice work.

  9. Pre-ordered it, read it in a day. At the entrance to my studio are the words “Get unstuck, unfucked and unleashed.” On behalf of all artists everywhere,. thank you sir.

  10. I am a voracious reader and have read many great books in recent years. It is with that caveat I have to tell you that “The Obstacle Becomes the Way” was an incredible read for me. Not because it was new, but because it was me- but better. It validated the approach I have already found but taught me how to do it so, so much better. I was in a difficult situation this past week with a work thing and one it was clear I couldn’t get what I wanted, I was able to separate myself from the emotion of it (a very hard loss for me) and take control of what I could. When we entered that discussion, I was the least powerful person- the lowest ranking and supplicant. When we left, I emerged the strongest leader- even though I hold no power at all. I will continue to practice and refine but the message of your book. I think you wrote it just for me!

  11. Mr Ryan ur indeed a genius and I salute you for this powerful insurance policy against failure and thanks a lot coz u have rewarded all readers with a treasure worthy studying all the days of our lives thanks Mr man

  12. I just published a review of your book on our blog. This is one of the books that can change your perception forever.

  13. Hey Ryan
    The Obstacle is the Way has become my #1 favorite book. I read the hard copy, and then got the audiobook, and listen to a chapter every day. When I get to the end? I’ll start at chapter 1 again. Many years ago I was introduced to Stoicism by a colleague, and unfortunately over the years I forgot these teachings.
    Thanks for writing this book, Ryan.

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