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Personal growth potential: The importance of timing October 9, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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In our efforts to achieve our self-actualization goals, success in some instances might owe as much to external factors, for example, timing, as to the internal work we do, such as our acquisition of knowledge and technique.

Consider the following from the works of the ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius (371-289 BCE) in which he cites a saying of the Ch’i people:

Though you may have deep wisdom
seizing an opportunity works better.
Though you may have a fine hoe,
awaiting the season works better. (1)

Four brief lines of personal development wisdom that could not be improved upon with explanatory words.

(1) Translated by David Hinton and quoted in his book The Four Chinese Classics. This passage is from Hinton’s translation of the works of Mencius

—Dennis Mellersh

 

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