Presence Must Be Like Breathing

“Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously.” - Josh Waitzkin

Diner Ismail

5 minute read

There’s something that I have been thinking about since the boxing match that I had on the 4th of November. That no matter how many possibilities and potential actions I could’ve taken during the fight, in the end it only mattered what I actually did. Was I capable of more? Maybe so, but that really doesn’t matter in the end. What the spectators have seen on that ring, that’s the reality. This frustrated me for days afterwards, as I’ve repeatedly analysed my…

Stoicism as a Philosophy of Life

A primer on Stoicism, and examples of how I've used this practical philosophy in my own life.

Diner Ismail

5 minute read

Over the years I’ve been reading a lot of different types of books, either self-help, philosophy or psychology, all in the search for ideas on how to live better.

Embracing Discomfort

You will encounter pain and discomfort whatever you're doing, so you might as well embrace it by developing discipline and making it a habit.

Diner Ismail

4 minute read

Discomfort is necessary in order to grow and live a meaningful life. This is a truth that I have lately become more aware of, and based on that I’ve been trying to be more deliberate in my choices and priorities.