The Obstacle is the Way – Best book in November

December 12, 2014

Here is my November 2014 entry for ‘The best book I read last month’.


The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday is my pick for the best book I read in November.

I didn’t read much last month. And among what I read nothing just stood out. However this book I read in October which was so good that I have to absolutely recommend it. It is “The Obstacle is The Way”.

I first read about this book in the Tim Ferriss book club , and then I saw this video interview of Ryan Holiday with Nir of Nir and Far. And at the same time, the book became available in my library.

This book was so good that after borrowing it from the library and reading the paper version, I bought the kindle book and reread it twice. Yeah – three times in a month, the last reading finished in November.

What I like:

It is a short book. A bunch of short essays with examples and stories, based on the writing of the Stoics. These essays punch you in the gut, give you your clarity of mind, and cut through all your excuses – valid or not. It is also a very easy read. You can just flip the pages and pick one essay to read, no need to go along in a sequential manner if you so choose.

Who should read this:

This book is a great one for those of us who are suffering from either a lack of motivation or a lack of energy or from the inertia of not having done something. The book will make you look inside yourself and figure out if

  1. Is this what I really what?
  2. Am I really going to work at this with the intensity it requires?
  3. The excuses are useless, just do it.

I highly recommend the book.


Kindle ebookThe Obstacle Is the Way – kindle version

HardcoverThe Obstacle Is the Way – hardcover version

AudioBookThe Obstacle Is the Way – audiobook version

Public Library – Check here to see if it’s available in your public library.

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