|Nick Saban. Image via al.com.|
What's Alabama head coach Nick Saban been reading lately? Apparently, it's been Ryan Holiday's stoicism-based work 2014 The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph.
Saban granted ESPN a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the defending College Football Playoff champions. Naturally Saban used this time to drop a little knowledge gleamed from Howard's book involving Marcus Aurelius, who was both Roman Emperor and a stoic philosopher
"Even 2,000 years ago, Marcus Aurelius was talking about 'The Process,' believe it or not, and that if you're going to have goals and achieve those goals, then you're going to have to overcome obstacles," says Saban, who's currently reading the book and has brought Holiday in to speak to the team.
"Those obstacles don't impede you. They make you better."
Stoicism is a philosophy developed in Ancient Greece around the start of the 3rd century BC. The stoics put emphasis on, discipline, judgement and self-control. In The Obstacle Is the Way, Holliday uses stoic principles to teach readers how to overcome obstacles in their lives. Holliday himself used Saban as an example of someone who uses stoic principles in life. Funny how things wook out like that.