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Iron and the Soul by Henry Rollins

I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself.

Completely.

When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me “garbage can” and telling me I’d be mowing lawns for a living. Read More

The Biggest Adversary in Life is Ourselves

The biggest adversary in life is ourselves.

We are who we are because of the thoughts that we allow to dominate our headspace. Our choices, our paths, our concept of what we need to do to improve ourselves — all of these stem from the abstract image of ourselves created by and from our mental environment.

Life, then, is limited by how we see ourselves and how we feel about who we are. If we regard ourselves as feeble, frail, unfocused, meek, then those attributes will be reflected in our choices and life paths and, therefore, our achievements.

Ideally, self-knowledge and self-reflection lead to a mental environment with a focus on positive attributes and positive regard for one’s own potential. This environment gives rise to a positive abstract image of ourselves, empowered to make courageous choices, to choose the right path forward, and to seek daily improvement in all aspects of our lives.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.