“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” These are the words of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor whose private journal is regarded as one of the greatest works of wisdom to this day. He was teaching us that sometimes the things blocking our paths represent challenges for us to overcome in order to grow. Think about all of the times you faced a difficult challenge head on. Even if you did not beat the obstacle, you came out better. All good things in life occur after we conquer the obstacles in our path, not when we simply sidestep a challenge and leave it for someone else to deal with.

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