It was long long ago. One night in the year 170. The great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius stole a few seconds to sit in his tent on the battle lines of the war of Germania to write a formula to thrive. Not just despite whatever happens but BECAUSE of it.
Here is what he wrote:
“Our actions may be impeded… but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting”.
He concluded with the powerful words,
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
He shared the most powerful philosophy known to mankind: “The art that enables one to turn obstacles upside down”.