Word of the Day: Confront

By Kevin Ruess

Kevin discusses the word “confront” and how Jerry Seinfeld and others, like the Stoics, have used that word. It’s a word that helps us both face challenges and confront resistance from accomplishing what we wish to accomplish.

Quotes

I feel like if you break the human struggle down to one word, it’s confront. And so, I kind of approach everything that way. Just the act of the confront is like — what do people always say? Admitting you have a problem, all that nonsense. 

Jerry Seinfeld ~ Interview with Tim Ferris Show podcast

No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.

Seneca

What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar – and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? Obviously he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away in luxury and comfort he never would have developed into the mighty Hercules. And even if he had, what good would it have done him? What would have been the use of those arms, that physique, and that noble soul, without crises or conditions to stir into him action?

Epictetus
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