Day #576:Quotes From Ryan Holiday’s “The Obstacle Is The Way”

Ryan Holiday is the media strategist and writer who dropped out of college at 19 and has gone on to represent clients like Marc Ecko, Tim Ferriss and Robert Greene. In his latest book, Holiday shares the Stoic principles that enabled him to become the Director of American Apparel at 2, found his own marketing company, Brass Check, and write three books. Here are 15 quotes to inspire you to turn your adversity into advantage.

“Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.”


“It doesn’t matter whether this is the worst time to be alive or the best, whether you’re in a good job market or a bad one, or that the obstacle you face is intimidating or burdensome. What matters right now is right now.”


“Stop looking for an epiphany, and start looking for weak points. Stop looking for angels, and start looking for angles.”


“We forget: In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given.”


“What matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.”


“Discipline in perception lets you clearly see the advantage and the proper course of action in every situation—without the pestilence of panic or fear.”


“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”


“There is always a countermove, always an escape or way through. No one said it would be easy and of course the stakes are high, but the path is there for those ready to take it.”


“To see an obstacle as a challenge, to make the best of it anyway, that is also a choice—a choice that is up to us.”


“Uncertainty and fear are relieved by authority. Training is authority.”


“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well.”


“We decide what we will make of each and every situation. We decide whether we’ll break or whether we’ll resist.”


“Through our perception of events we are responsible for the creation—as well as the destruction—of everyone one of our obstacles.”


“We decide what story to tell ourselves. Or whether we will tell one at all.”


“All we need to do are these three little duties—to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others.”

 

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