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The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is the Way

Here are some of my learnings from the book 'The Obstacle is the Way'.

Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.

Overcoming obstacles is a discipline of 3 critical steps: Perception, action and the will.

Perception

  • Our perceptions can be a source of strength or of great weakness
  • Where one person sees a crisis, another one can see opportunity
  • We decide what we will make of each and every situation. Our perceptions are the things that we are in complete control of.
  • Situations by themselves cannot be good or bad. As Shakespeare said, “Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
  • Obstacles make us emotional, but the only way we will survive or overcome them is by keeping those emotions in check–if we can keep study no matter what happens.
  • In space, the difference between life and death lies in emotional regulation.
    Real strength lies in the control of one's emotions, not in pretending they don't exist.
  • Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.
  • Obstacles illuminate new options. Sometimes the best ideas come from there.

Action

  • Failure shows us the way–but showing us what isn't the way
  • In life, it doesn't matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you have been given. And the only way you do something spectacular is by using it all to your advantage.
    That's what people who defy the odds do. They start. Anywhere. Anyhow. They don't care if the conditions are perfect or if they’re been slighted.
    And that's the final part: Stay moving, always.
  • When setbacks come, respond by working twice as hard

Will

  • True will is humility, resilience, and flexibility
  • Standing strong even when the most well intentioned plans can be interrupted by others. We can turn even this to our advantage. Always. It is an opportunity. Always.
  • What stands in the way becomes the way. What impedes action in some way advances it.
This too shall pass