Magic misery

I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent – no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.

– Seneca, On Providence, 4.3

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Most people have gone though difficult times in their lives. And most of the times, people look with some pride back at those moments. Innovating, failing, pivoting, running into walls. It can feel like eating glass. As tough as those periods were, they were ultimately formative experiences. They made you who you are today.

Misfortune has another benefit. Having experienced and survived it, you can walk away with a better understanding of your own capacity and inner innovation strength. So if today feels like shit, don’t worry. This might be one of those formative experiences of which you will be grateful for later.

Stoic Innovator is based on the beautiful book Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.

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