Becoming The Change Podcast (Episode 687): Obstacles

Welcome to the Becoming The Change Podcast. Each daily reading focuses on a different quote on how we can best apply it to our own moral compass and one of the five areas in Social Emotional Learning: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. Thank you for listening and we hope you consider subscribing to the podcast for future episodes.


“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.”

-Zen proverb

Today’s quote reminded me of the book by author Ryan Holiday called The Obstacle Is The Way because those things in life that block our path truly is that path. I know this even more now as I get older and have seen it time and time again through the various experiences and my own obstacles that I have faced. It has been those over 40 book publishing rejections, the unexpected loss of my Dad at 17 and the numerous Assistant Principal jobs I went on until I found the right one. The list goes on and on. Some of these obstacles stand out more in my memory that others but does not discredit that they were all obstacles. Each one I have overcome. Each one has helped bring me to this present moment and has helped make me into the person I am today. I may not have realized that at the time I was going through that experience and those emotions I felt but I do now. I think it doesn’t matter when this realization happens as long as it happens at some point in order to allow time for personal reflection, personal growth and that importance of bringing closure to each of those experiences. The path that we are all on is never ending and is not the same as someone else’s. It is of utmost importance to recognize that these obstacles will only make us weaker if we allow them to and we give up instead of persevere. We must absorb what each obstacle teaches us and channel that energy to overcome it. It is within each of us to do so if we choose to. It is within our own control.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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Special thanks to Todd Cluff for his music on this podcast.

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