The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday
Recommended by: Willy Munro (Digital Director of I Love Ugly)
There is a really pinnacle moment in your life where you realise that you have the power choose whether any event in your life impacts you in a positive or negative way. It all comes down to how you look at things and perspective is ALWAYS a choice. This might sound a bit too simple, but its an ancient philosophy that’s helped people for thousands of years.
When I first began applying this principle, I couldn’t believe the impact it made on my life. All the small things that used to piss me off (family members, work colleagues, friends, traffic etc.) slowly started to fade away. The more you intentionally choose the right perspective, the better you’re equipped in life to handle any person, event, outcome that comes your way.
The premise of this book is simple, focus your energy on the things that are in your power to change, and don’t waste your energy on meaningless things and over-analysing events. When you make an effort to do this, every single obstacle in your life becomes a lesson, a benefit, a stepping stone. Ryan Holiday is an amazing author and his writing style is incredibly easy to read. This is one of the top books I recommend to every single person I meet.