There is a passage from Marcus Aurelius where he talks about sitting next to a smelly, rude person. 

We’ve all been there: stuck on an airplane next to someone who is crowding in your space, ignoring the basic rules of human etiquette or decency.  

Our reaction? 

We stew. We think that staring daggers at them will do something about the situation. We compose a letter in our head to the airline. We text a friend to complain. 

We tell ourselves this is a way of coping, but is it really?  Because we’re just getting angrier the more we think.  

Marcus’s advice is basically this: Either say something (nicely) or let it go. 

Those are the only two options within your control. What you shouldn’t do is make yourself miserable while you hope the situation magically resolves itself. 

It won’t. 

It’s a good reminder for most situations. 

Either take a proactive step to resolve the situation—even if that means being a little bit uncomfortable or confrontational—or stop thinking about it and move on. 

Everything else is a waste.
— Ryan Holiday


The armchair analysts will analyze and the doers will do.  

We'd like to think they're equal and it's all about finding a balance between them, but we'd be wrong. 

Action trumps everything.  For survival in a fight, seizing opportunity, or creating change.  

I'm working on a book.  One that outlines the other governing forces of life: Time, Fear, Change, and Love.  

But Action, ACTION is ultimately the only force that matters.  It's the king of them all because without it all others are nullified.  

Watch this video from the NY Times illustrating doubt.  It's a beautiful look into our own psyche when it comes to the hesitations we experience before taking action.