“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”

“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”

– Horace, Roman poet

I remember, in my mid-30s, talking with some colleagues about our 401k program at work. The company had just developed an easy-to-use software program that helped people calculate their net worth based on their savings level, years of work, and a hypothetical interest rate estimate.

My colleagues’ goal was to retire, to stop working, to take it easy, to relax. By increasing their prosperity, though, they seemed to diminish their drive.

On the other hand, I’ve seen people who’ve experienced great adversity and very limited resources tap into their inner abilities and courage to accomplish great things no-one would ever expect.


Assuming you achieve your desired level of prosperity, how will you keep your passion and drive each and every day to fully realize your genius?