The Obstacle Is the Way

I'm about halfway through reading The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday. I started it because it was recommended by Matt D'Avella, a Youtuber that I think produces great content. It's a fine book. and it seems like Ryan put a lot of effort and research into it.

Sadly, I just don't like it. I feel like it's some sort of devotional or motivational book meant to make the reader feel good, what with the short chapters and good, but sometimes contradictory advice. You can win by continuing to fight. You can win by pausing and let the enemy continue to fight until they are exhausted. I'm certain Ryan is just suggestion multiple options to get to the goal, but it doesn't feel like the amazing awe inspiring book I expected it to be. What I'm getting so far is:

1. Do something that you think progresses you to your goal.
2. Did it? Reflect and change course if it did not.
3. Take the next action, and repeat 1 and 2 until you get to your goal.

I'll put the book down for a few months and try again. Perhaps I don't have the mindset to fully appreciate this book. I enjoyed his video with Matt D'Avella, so I know he has good things to say. Hopefully it will click later, or another book of his will be more useful to me.


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