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Is It Up To You?

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

When we face a problem, the crucial thing is to recognize what parts we can control and what parts we can't control.

What parts are up to us:

  • our emotions
  • our judgments
  • our creativity
  • our attitude
  • our perspective
  • our desires
  • our decisions
  • our determination

What parts are not up to us:

  • the economy
  • the weather
  • circumstances
  • other people’s emotions or judgments
  • trends
  • disasters, etc.

Choosing to complain, argue, or give up leads to nowhere. It is important to focus on what we can change; on where we can make improvements. If, for example, your startup didn’t receive an investment - that isn’t up to you. What is, is trying again or completing a pivot.

Actions to take

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