Good fortune is what you make for yourself; Dissecting Meditations, a personal journal by Marcus Aurelius Part #14

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Here, I will share my contemplations upon reading the published personal journal of Marcus Aurelius, a roman emperor from 161-180 AD. Thoughts mainly stemmed from Stoicism, and Marcus Aurelius used the notes for guidance and self improvement. It’s a translated book by Gregory Hays, or you can read it online.

For this and upcoming posts I attempt to dissect quotes I favour upon reading the book.

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I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me.

But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions.

To never rely on good fortune. Accept that good fortune is created rather than bestowed. Wishing good fortune is futile upon reading this pithy quote. Hard reminder that one shall not wish for good fortune in dire needs. Instead, thou shall work towards developing a good character, having good intentions, and good actions. In time to come, good traits will bring good fortune.

“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” — Louis Pasteur

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Seneca the younger

You know these quotes.

You know in order to have what people call ‘luck’, you need to be prepared.

You know you need to do the hard work.

You know you need to put in the hours.

You know you need to stay focused.

You know you need to keep going after the grind.

You know you need to say no to distractions.

You know you need to have an unhealthy obsession in perfecting your craft.

You know you need to work.

You know you need to develop good character.

You know you need to train your mind.

You know you need to empower your mind with knowledge and skills.

You know you need to build the life your want.

You know you need there’s nothing stopping you from getting what you want, except yourself.

Now go get it.

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