Ryan Holiday | What Does “The Obstacle Is the Way” Mean? | Stoic Thoughts #2

Ryan Holiday discusses Marcus Aurelius’ quote “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

When we arrive at obstacles, we can despair and become stuck wishing for things to be how we planned them, or we can take these obstacles as an opportunity to grow. Making the obstacle the way is the process of taking failure and owning it as part of our journey, instead of letting it discourage us and stop us in our tracks.

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For more on stoicism from Ryan Holiday read:
Ryan Holiday – “Ego Is the Enemy”
Ryan Holiday – “The Obstacle Is the Way”
Ryan Holiday – “Stillness is the Key”
Ryan Holiday – “The Perennial Seller”

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