Have you ever told someone about some grand idea or plan that you have only to have them tell you why you cant, why its too hard or for them to provide a list of all the obstacles in the way? I have. The book of the week says that instead of looking for the path to be clear expect obstacles to be there. The key is to understand that if there are obstacles that is exactly the path that you need to aim for. That is the way and the obstacles you overcome will protect your success from followers who will try to come after you and take what you earned. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”
“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’ve been given.”
“Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is. We decide what story to tell ourselves.”
This book is great as it relates to the BLM movement and black culture as a whole because I feel like the culture has so many limiting beliefs. We tend to limit ourselves and shirk in the face of the obstacle instead of growing to the point where we are bigger than the obstacle. I have seen this concept discussed in various books and different ways. The key, though, is that our progress as a people is the obstacle and until we tackle the obstacle and stop looking for roads without obstacles we will never be able to progress.