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Book Notes: The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph Ryan Holiday

Our actions may be impeded . . . but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.

“When you worry, ask yourself, ‘What am I choosing to not see right now?’ What important things are you missing because you chose worry over introspection, alertness or wisdom?”

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up. —CHUCK PALAHNIUK

half the companies in the Fortune 500 were started during a bear market or recession.

Those who survive it, survive because they took things day by day—that’s the real secret.

it is often in that desperate nothing-to-lose state that we are our most creative.

Sports psychologists recently did a study of elite athletes who were struck with some adversity or serious injury. Initially, each reported feeling isolation, emotional disruption, and doubts about their athletic ability. Yet afterward, each reported gaining a desire to help others, additional perspective, and realization of their own strengths. In other words, every fear and doubt they felt during the injury turned into greater abilities in those exact areas.

In the chaos of sport, as in life, process provides us a way.

Okay, you’ve got to do something very difficult. Don’t focus on that. Instead break it down into pieces. Simply do what you need to do right now. And do it well. And then move on to the next thing. Follow the process and not the prize.

The process is about doing the right things, right now.

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