Our Key Takeaways from The Obstacle is the Way
At Mark Spain Real Estate, we strive to foster a team culture that empowers everyone to constantly learn, grow and improve. This is achieved through ways such as company wide recommended readings by CEO and Chairman Mark Spain. Learn more about our most recent recommended reading, The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday.
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The Obstacle is the Way
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday is a phenomenal book for excelling in professional development and everyday life. Overall, this book teaches you how to react and guide yourself through different challenges in life. Ryan Holiday uses ancient philosophy and success stories of celebrities and influential people to tell a story and give a framework on how to take on obstacles and challenges.
Ryan Holiday explains how every obstacle in life is unique to us, but they elicit the same feelings. However, the main problem lies with how we react to these obstacles. Most of the time, we write these challenges off as failures, blame other people, or tell ourselves it’s impossible to overcome. The solution is to follow a framework. A method that flips your obstacles upside down and turns them into opportunities and advantages.
The framework to overcoming obstacles includes 3 major steps: Perception, Action, and Will. Using these three steps will enable you to face and overcome any challenge. These are the tools that allow you to see and act clearly to turn any obstacle upside down.
Our Company Key Takeaways
The Obstacle is the Way teaches us to never give up when faced with a challenge. When facing an obstacle we need to be objective, choose to see the good, steady our nerves, place things in perspective, revert to the present moment, and focus on what can be controlled. It teaches us to take action and greet our obstacles with energy, persistence, and resilience. Using our will to face these obstacles, we can accept what we’re unable and able to change and protect our inner self.
A key takeaway from our team member:
“This book is really insightful no matter what stage of life you are in. A quote that really stood out to me during this read and for my current phase of life was, “The implications of our obstacles are theoretical – they exist in the past and in the future. We live in the moment. And the more we embrace that, the easier the obstacle will be to face and move.” I want to really implement this concept into my life so that when I do face an obstacle, I can remind myself that this won’t stop me now if I persevere and push through it. This book reminds us that we spend so much time worrying about our future or past when an obstacle comes up, but that only holds us back from being able to overcome the obstacle itself.” – Lexi Spain, Marketing Intern
The Obstacle is the Way is a key driver of professional development and success. Furthermore, this book helps foster our growth and team culture of excellence. With the guidance from this book, as well as Mark Spain’s encouragement, our team is able to reach new heights. It’s just one of the reasons why we are the #1 in closed transactions in the U.S for the second year in a row!