Adversity is a gym for the mind, says Hrithik

He overcame stammering; witnessed his father's failure as an actor and producer and his surviving a gunshot wound; saw his sister battle cancer; underwent a near fatal brain surgery; and has faced a broken marriage with his childhood sweetheart. Yet, Hrithik Roshan calls his journey a ‘fairy tale’ and says it is life's adversities that build a man's ‘mental muscle’.

One look at the actor's washboard abs and chiselled physique in his forthcoming film Bang Bang, and you can guess the strenuous gym routines he must've followed. The 40-year-old son of filmmaker Rakesh Roshan spoke of his learnings via another ‘workout’. ‘Mental muscle can only be built in times of adversity - when you're going through a struggle, pain or a suffering. Remember that's your opportunity, that's your gym to work out. Just as you go to the gym to work out on your body, an adversity is the gym for the mind.

‘That's the time you have to build your mental muscle by disciplining yourself, by focussing on your actions and by not sitting for more than 10 mins to think 'Why is life so unfair?' Then you have to snap out of it,’ said the actor as he gave out his ‘tools and rules’ of living life the way he now does.
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