Ryan Holiday | The Obstacle is the Way (Episode 248)

“Some lack the fickleness to live as they wish and just live as they have begun.” – Seneca

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Obstacles are inevitable. Life throws random things at you at unexpected moments. You don’t control such random events, but what you can control is your reaction to it. Learn the things that you can control, and act upon it so that you can turn obstacles into advantages or learning opportunities.

Ryan Holiday joins us to talk about turning obstacles into opportunity. When he was 19 he dropped out of college. He has served as a marketing director for American Apparel, advised many authors and musicians, and his campaigns have been used by big companies like Google and Twitter. Today he writes about media strategies and business.

Ryan and Jordan also discuss:

  • Turning obstacles into advantages.
  • How famous historical characters viewed obstacles and turned them into strengths.
  • Why Twitter’s key feature might be a bug.
  • How to control our perceptions and emotions and see things as they are.
  • Understanding the difference between what we can and can’t control.
  • How an ancient principle can steel us and make us immune to failure.
  • Why something can become a problem depending upon how you look at it.
  • How to re-frame events and turn disaster into opportunity.

Flipping an obstacle around can be advantageous. Regard the current setback as an opportunity and not a disaster, then you’ll be well on your way to making the most of the situation. This isn’t just motivational, but instructive. Have a listen and learn to persevere like a champ.

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AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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