These Three Attitudes Will Transform You Into an Ass-kicker

Courage is one important asset you definitely want to have

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
5 min readJan 29, 2021


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It was Nature’s intention that there should be no need of great equipment for a good life: every individual can make himself happy. External goods are of trivial importance and without much influence in either direction: prosperity does not elevate the sage and adversity does not depress him. For he has always made the effort to rely as much as possible on himself and to derive all delight from within himself. — Seneca

First, live your life voluntarily

You didn’t choose to be born, but you can choose to live the life you were dealt with.

Courage is one important asset you definitely want to have. When you live courageously, life is easier. It is easier because life is full of problems, and they accumulate. If you live, you have to either face or run from your problems. The thing about problems is that they suck when you don’t want to face them, but they really make you feel awesome when you do face them and overcome them. Life is fun and you feel proud of yourself when you wake up in the morning, take a cold shower, and begin to solve stuff. That’s what ‘living means’.

And I’m not just talking about working, but also about being able to have fun when you’re supposed to have fun. To do what the moment requires of you.

If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write. — Epictetus

The problems are there anyway, they are not going to go anywhere. You can live your life either avoiding it or embracing it. Let them come they say.

The thing about living your life voluntarily is that you live it on your own terms, by your own choosing. You have the last say, the last word. You may be in deep shit, but that doesn’t strip you from your ability to say, I choose this deep shit, and I’m going to deal with it, how about that?

The first attitude, live your life voluntarily.

Second, no big deal, I’ve got this

A while ago, when I still had my brewery and my main job was trying to not get drunk every day, I found myself dispatching and…



Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.