Undesirable experiences

A wise friend of mine told me this yesterday:

You are moving, life is moving, the universe is moving. Who you are today is vastly different than who you were yesterday. Our problems come when we try to make today like yesterday and tomorrow like today.

That made me think of the concept of post-traumatic growth (read about it some time back in “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor). The fact that growth—and another concept he calls “falling upwards”—come from undesirable experiences.

Entering a crowded market

“Don’t be afraid to enter a crowded market – just be better than everybody else.” — Bob Parsons, GoDaddy

I once met a man who emigrated to the US from Mexico with basically nothing, then eventually became a Porsche-driving millionaire. His industry? Shipping palettes.

His message was the same: in a crowded market, there’s always room for one more.