Book Review: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to AdvantageThe Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryan’s book was the first proper introduction to Stoicism for me. I have to say I’m blown away by the concept of it.

Besides a healthy dose of Stoicism, Ryan also serves a great deal of historical and modern a day anecdotes that builds up toward one of the greatest Stoic mantra: The Obstacle is The Way

Ryan’s research and observation is commendable. And for me, as a writer, quite inspiring as well.

He brings in years of knowledge he gained by reading a whole lot of books. And turns them into lessons for his readers regarding how Perception Is Everything, and how Every Obstacle Is An Opportunity In Disguise.

This is a revolutionary book for me. One of those that will be a part of me forever and one that I’ll be returning to time and again.

Thank you Ryan Holiday for giving such a fresh perspective on things, and being an inspiration.

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The 10,000 Hours Rule (OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell) #amreading

In which, Gladwell suggests:

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He arrives at this magic number after studying the practicing patterns of several individuals who are the masters of their craft — right from Beatles to Bill Gates.

I haven’t finished the book, but this current chapter is about the good old war between innate talent and deliberate practise.

Let’s see who wins. 😉

Celestial Vessel (Revisited with Drawing Everyday)

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She slips inside in sleepless nights
Smiles on me her celestial lights
The blaze of sun and the glaze of moon
She shows them all and leaves just as soon

She moves amidst those dancing shadows
As if she owns me, around she wallows
Whispering thoughts that’s just my kind
I wonder ofttimes if she reads my mind

When the dawn hits, she’s no more there
Conjured of thoughts, she’s not so real
A spirit, a musing, a fantasy, if you will
Only her touch left behind for me to feel

That’s when I pen her down
And all her whispering
Those genius words!
Those genuine thoughts!
I bleed them all out
For the world to see
And to think I’m a genius!
There can be no greater sin.

I am but a vessel
A simple messenger
Hers
For it is I
who can see her, hear her, feel her
So it is I
who must present her beauty to all
Her beauty
Her words
Her thoughts
It’s not me
Oh, not me!
I am but a messenger
I am but a vessel.

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(I posted this poem waaaaayyyyyyyyyy back, but it went well with the sketch I did today, so… that’s that.)

Spec Book Cover #2 (And Keeping Your Ideas Alive)

So this name struck my mind this afternoon and just refused to go away:

The Giant of Valhalla

It sounded like a great title to me. I haven’t got a single clue as to what the story might be behind this title, but I wanted to keep the idea alive by creating a (not that) quick ‘Spec Book Cover’. One day, hopefully, I’ll find time to fill in the blank page for its synopsis.

So I share two covers with you (with the author named after one of my favorite writers, Mark Lawrence of The Broken Empire Series).

The first design is a minimalist approach (just the way I love it!).

The other has a bit rough and strong aesthetics about it.

As always, opinions are most welcome!

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How do you keep your ideas alive? A handy notebook? Quick entry into your smartphone? A sketch? Voice recorder? Or something else? Do share. Please.