Stoicism For Beginners

I recently picked up a book entitled The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday. I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far, and will probably write¬†more once I’ve formed more opinions on it.

But, I just wanted to jot down this thought, more to have it personally available for quick reference than anything else. Holiday is speaking about our attitude when we encounter obstacles in our chosen path:

“It’s not just: How can I think this is not so bad? No, it is how to will yourself to see that this must be good — an opportunity to gain a new foothold, move forward, or go in a better direction. Not “be positive” but learn to be ceaselessly creative and opportunistic.

Not: This is not so bad.

But: I can make this good.

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