Any highly emotional reaction indicates they've found a pressure point. And any less savory elements of society would be tempted to put pressure. As such, often times it is wise to maintain a "poker face" and keep your cards close at hand.
Being great often entails doing a precious few things exceptionally well and ignoring everything else.
Theories and prior wisdom from others is great, but in order to ride a bike as a manner of speaking, it involves you doing your own peddling.
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live. He offers practical advice on how one might live within the confines of 24 hours a day.
When I was 20 and an exchange student in China, I discovered my love of solo trekking. During my trek to NYC at 21, I learned that you can't do it all by yourself. There are just too many factors in play when you are a stranger in a strange city. Something is bound to go wrong.
When the same thing happens twice independently from each other, likely other people know something you don't.
The truth is what it is, but often times we don't want to hear it. We may know it's true, but we don't like it when people call us short/fat/bald. Therefore, oft times, the truth turns people against us, making needless enemies.
Often times, things aren't happening to you because a larger then life force has it in for you. It's just happening.
Having that skill or achievement you want, whether food on the table or learning something new, now its a matter of how do you go about achieving it. What tools are needed? And as it will take time to get there, which type of patience is needed? How do I compensate for what I need but don't got?
The Game of Life and How to Play It, published in 1925, teaches the philosophies of its author, Florence Scovel Shinn. The book holds that ignorance of, or carelessness with the application of various 'Laws of Metaphysics' can bring about undesirable life events