How-to Finally Start Playing To Your Strengths – Marcus Aurelius

Go outside and pick up a rock.

I’ll read this quote while you go grab it.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius

Okay, do you have the rock? Good.

Now squeeze that rock as hard as you can.

Keep squeezing….

A little more….

Okay, that’s 8 periods, it should have become a diamond by now.


I swear, in my imagination, this plan totally worked. I guess old man Marcus was on to something.

End corny skit here.

I’m certain none of you even left your seats anyway.

There are people in the world who will allow themselves to believe that they can turn rocks into diamonds, through sheer force. While their plans may flow seamlessly in their imagination, they pay no heed to the necessity of planning, preparation, and research. Sure it is possible to accomplish things based purely on speculation. But do you know what is more likely to work successfully?

A plan that incorporates your strengths and weaknesses.

Sure, you can squeeze a rock for — like a century and still never get a diamond. Or you can strategize how to mine one out of the ground. Though both tasks are ridiculous, one has a significantly higher chance of success and offers the same result. I’m not one for outlining my entire life, but thinking things through and playing to your strengths is the best way to win without wasting time and effort.

You can’t know with certainty what life will throw at you, but you can play it smart by poising yourself to be able to adapt mentally when adversity comes your way.

P.S. Next time I expect full crowd participation, got that?

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