The book, Running Man, is the autobiography of Charlie Engle. It’s also one of the best books I’ve read in years (well, listened to on Audible…I suggest you try that, as Charlie reads it himself.) Charlie is a bit of a tortured soul, obsessed with putting himself in dire, painful situations mostly through extreme running. He’s dealt with alcoholism and drug-addition to an equally extreme degree.
Toward the end of the book he finds himself in prison for over a year, due to a “liar loan” he was involved in.
It’s in prison that he explores the concept of adaptation and talks about how, in life, if you learn to adapt along the way you will give yourself the best chance to find happiness and success.
Think about it: If you embrace the ability to change and evolve with any given scenario you’re put in, then you allow yourself to be happy or successful in that environment.
I wrote in the past that perspective is one of the keys to positivity and happiness. I believe adaptation is similar, and perhaps even more important.
Adaptation is easier said than done, perhaps. But to the extent you can say to yourself, “I’m going to focus on being great at adapting to what ever life throws at me,” then maybe you’ll talk yourself into being happier and more successful.