The Gift of Adversity by Moe Abdou


What would you do if you knew that adversity was a gift?  Chances are, you might worry less, dare a bit more, or perhaps more importantly, just have complete faith in yourself.  As life would have it, we're wired to be alert and anticipate danger, which certainly comes in handy; but far too many of us let it dictate our actions. 

One of the most important principles that I learned from a dear friend, is the tenet of Inverse Paranoid.  It's the belief that while you can't always change the things that happen to you in life, you can always change the way you view them.  Think of a paranoid as someone who believes that everyone is conspiring against him or her, while an Inverse Paranoid is the person who's convinced that the world is actually conspiring to make her more successful and happy.  That slight shift in perspective can be life altering because life is not without challenge, and if you can learn to reframe a negative situation; no matter how bad things may appear, you'll always feel in control. 

In his brilliantly crafted book, The Gift of Adversity,  Dr. Norman Rosenthal opens himself up to share personal experiences that demonstrate 'The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections' - Here's a glimpse.



Further Reading
  • Seedling Relies on Childhood Curiosity to Inspire a Creative Team — On a recent flight home, I spent over an hour browsing a children’s play website, completely enamored by sets like Design Your Own Superhero Cape and Invent Your Own Insects. After sharing Seedling with everyone I know, despite few of my friends having children, I wondered why the brand struck a such a meaningful chord with me.
  • Why Five Founders Made the Decision to 'Choose Must' — The ‘A-ha moment’ in my shift to adulthood (Translation: Post Grad life) was reading Elle Luna’s story The Crossroads of Should and Must. I stumbled on Elle’s narrative while dealing with one of my then weekly quarter life crises. Her invigorating call to choose must - “the intuition that explodes inside of us” -  put my existential fears in perspective.
  • Why Jonathon Triest is Following His Must with Ludlow Ventures — One of the greatest days of our lives is when we stop subscribing to what we should be doing and start living our Must. I learned this lesson from Elle Luna, an artist and designer who shares her story leaving her job as a designer at Mailbox, in The First Round Review. She previously worked on redesigning Uber’s mobile app and spent time at Medium as well.


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