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The Complain, Defer, Then Give Up Trap
I want you to read the above quote from Marcus Aurelius a few times, especially if you have never been exposed to the great Roman emperor’s writings. Why do I want you to read it more than once? Because the ideas behind this quote (and Aurelius’s entire philosophy) is so against the standard way of thinking that it sometimes takes a bit of repetition to absorb. What he’s talking about is obstacles, which we’re all very familiar with. Obstacles can be very physical (there’s