How To See Obstacles As Opportunities

“It’s helped me on everything from the computer deleting the draft of a book I’m working on, to being in a horrible accident, to the minor inconveniences of life — the guy who’s going too slow in front of you in traffic, the person who’s rude to you at work, the boss who doesn’t appreciate you. These are not good things, but they’re not bad things either. They’re just opportunities.”

Back in 2015, Ryan Holiday (author of The Obstacle Is The Way) spoke at the DO Lectures and shared a bit of philosophy inspired by the writing of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

In this video of his talk, he explains how the idea that our obstacles are our opportunities has been successfully applied by everyone from Ulysses S. Grant to Dwight Eisenhower, and (most importantly) how you can utilize it.