Lev Shestov, the Russian existentialist philosopher, offers this compelling insight in his All Things Are Possible (1905): “If you want people to envy you for your sorrow or shame, act as if you were proud of it. With just enough of the actor in you, rest assured, you will become the hero of the day.”
When life throws you a curveball, project confidence and composure.
Embrace the “act-as-if” mentality.
Fake it ’til you make it.
You can transform tales of failure into sources of admiration—even heroism.
And you’ll earn respect and admiration.
But don’t go too far with the act. Superficial confidence can lead to imposter syndrome and a lack of authenticity.