one of my favorite movie characters is rocky balboa. this speech he gives to his son, reminds me of the marcus aurelius quote: "so other people hurt me? that's their problem. their character and actions are not mine. what is done to me is ordained by nature and what i do by my own."
What is it you said to the kid? The world ain’t always sunshine and rainbows; it’s a very rough, mean place. And no matter how tough you think you are, it’ll always bring you to your knees and keep you there, permanently, if you let it. You are nobody and you’re never going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about hard you hit, but it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take; and keep moving forward. If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth, but you’ve got to be willing to take the hit.