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Book Freak #25: Turning Trials into Triumph

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August 27 · Issue #25 · View online
Short pieces of advice from books

Book Freak is a weekly newsletter with cognitive tools you can use to improve the quality of your life.
In this issue, advice from Ryan Holiday’s book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.

Rule over yourself
“Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.“ —Publius Syrus
Focus on tranquility over talent
“When we aim high, pressure and stress obligingly come along for the ride. Stuff is going to happen that catches us off guard, threatens or scares us. Surprises (unpleasant ones, mostly) are almost guaranteed. The risk of being overwhelmed is always there. In these situations, talent is not the most sought-after characteristic. Grace and poise are, because these two attributes precede the opportunity to deploy any other skill. We must possess, as Voltaire once explained about the secret to the great military success of the first Duke of Marlborough, that “tranquil courage in the midst of tumult and serenity of soul in danger, which the English call a cool head.” 
Consider what you're not seeing when you worry
“As Gavin de Becker writes in The Gift of Fear, ‘When you worry, ask yourself, What am I choosing to not see right now? What important things are you missing because you chose worry over introspection, alertness or wisdom?’“
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