Typically, I'm not down for a "self-help book". Usually, they either don't have enough witchery and dragons or they have totally the wrong kind.
That said, "The Obstacle is the Way" held the vast majority of my attention from Go to Whoah.
Holiday has compiled the philosophy of the stoics with the stories of real people to send a very clear and somewhat repetitive message: "Chin up champ... that spectacularly s***ty situation is actually an opportunity for you to own it like a Boss. If you choose to!"
Don't get me wrong, saying "somewhat repetitive message" isn't a negative. Barring some form of once in a life-time, life-changing event, your mindset isn't going to change overnight. Repetition is necessary. Repetition is necessary. Repetition is necessary.
Have already recommended it to others. Time for a good hard look at yourself.
I strongly recommend this book. If not life changing, it's extremely useful. As are the cited quotes. Unlike another book I would also recommend on turning obstacles to advantages: Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and other books that have been personally helpful to me; Holiday's writing is so concise, practical and accessible I could recommend it to just about anyone
A short, well-written application of Stoic philosophy to our lives that inevitably brings its challenges. Some great stories about famous people illustrate the principles. Ryan Holiday, the author, is great at explaining the ideas and provides useful advice on how to implement them.
Ryan Holiday did well in using the examples of the greats (Teddy Roosevelt, Marcus Aurelius, etc) to show that resilience is the nicer way to live which gives more joy and freedom of choice. The book urges us to moving past the inconvenience of obstacles to their benefits.