#172: Struggle like a PRO
The commoners’ struggles perish
Virtually everyone struggles. There is not one person for whom their entire life is a breeze. No matter how rich, poor, beautiful, or privileged, suffering is hard-wired into being a human. At all times, I either don’t have what I want, or I am trying to not lose what I have. All seven billion are inevitably faced with suffering, but only a select few don’t waste it.
Millions suffered in gulags but Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was the one to record his suffering and write world-famous books. Everyone feels a response to current events but Banksy is the one who artistically encapsulated his perception into invaluable graffitis. Everyone was missing an online payment processor, but only Patrick Collison built Stripe. Artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and engineers are a higher league of humanity that immortalize their suffering.
You and I suffered from unrequited love and our struggle is worthless to anyone but us. Yet, Beethoven commemorated his pain in a timeless “Fur Elise” composition. Artists’ struggles are revered through centuries. The commoners’ struggles perish. You and I will suffer throughout our lives. So I tell myself: