The Obstacle Is The Way

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
This is a direct quote from one of 'The Five Good Emperors', Marcus Aurelius.

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If you don’t know who Marcus Aurelius is a quick Google Search could lend a hand, but if you want the cliff note’s version, here you go:

– He was one of the last emperors of what was once The Roman Empire.

– He had arguably the most powerful position in the world, with over 60 million people under his rule and an empire that was roughly 5,000,000 square kilometers.

– Despite more power than anyone else of his time he did not succumb to temptations, evils, and corruption like his predecessors, he was a man of “virtue and discipline.”

One could also argue he was an expert at overcoming obstacles. Much of his time at the helm of the Roman Empire was littered with war, betrayal, infidelity, plagues, limited resources, etc.

Yet his ability to take these problems, the same problems that would crush most people, and turn them into advantages for his empire was what made him the hero we study today.

The general idea behind his maxim is this:
 
Nothing can stop us from achieving our goals because we can adapt.
 
And whatever we thought would “stop us” actually brings about a solution that is better than anything we would have thought of had we not been impeded.
 
It’s like when you go through a breakup with a boyfriend/girlfriend and you feel like the world is over.
 
Looking back 1-2 years later you see it was one of the best things that could have ever happened to you. I think you can see why I’m writing this right now, in the current condition of the world.
 
Although it seems like nothing of this magnitude has ever happened before and that maybe we/you will never recover, in reality, this is when those who are great will adapt.
 
I know for a fact (from inside of Scaling With Systems) people are still running their companies and making money, by using virtual assistants 
 
They have adapted to fill a need their clients currently have. Whether it is a virus, the depression, a war, nuclear threats, etc. there is always going to be highs and lows in life and in business.
 
The question you have to ask yourself is how are you going to use it to make yourself and your company stronger?
 
I’ll leave you with a quote from Andy Grove (former CEO of Intel) who said: “Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.”

p.s. I got most of this from my most recent book purchase The Obstacle Is The Way, I suggest you check it out. 

p.s.s. If you’re curious how a lot of our students are still making $3,000-$5,000 deals daily inside of our program be sure to book a time to speak with myself or one of my team members, it’s not like you’re doing anything else 😉

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