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The Whole World Belongs to You?

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize nothing is lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.” 
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The Whole World Belongs to You

Lao Tzu here advocates to be satisfied with whatever you have and be happy with the current circumstance. This makes some sense. Research shows that happiness is somehow a subjective mentality. Thus, it is fine to be content with what you have.

Dangers of Innovation

“All attempts to create something admirable are the weapons of evil. You may think you are practicing benevolence and righteousness, but in effect you will be creating a kind of artificiality. Where a model exists, copies will be made of it; where success has been gained, boasting follows; where debate exists, there will be outbreaks of hostility.” 
~ Chuang Tzu, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Dangers of Innovation

In the modern world, we do create a lot of new things. And we do believe we are  practicing benevolence and righteousness through such innovation. We create the artificial intelligence to help people in need, we clone lives to save lives. But the problem is, according to Chuang Tzu, these things are of artificiality, they are not natural. The dangers of unnatural things are that they can be modeled and copied, and then be used for evil deeds. Thus we are creating the weapons to destroy ourselves.

Mastering Yourself

“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.” 
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Mastering Yourself

Lao Tzu's teaching aligns with Socrates' "know thyself" tagline. They both advocate self-knowledge which is essential to success.

Have the Patience to Wait

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Have the Patience to Wait

The lack of patience can bring you a lot of trouble. When the situation is still unclear, you should not hurry to jump onto conclusions that could be wrong and you might forever regret to make. It is a waste of time to assess the situation when it is still muddy. Give it time and it will be settled and everything will be clear. In the business practice, You just cannot understand the market before you are able to sort the data.

Becoming Free from Defects

"To make their will perfect, they developed their knowledge as possible. Developing knowledge is scrutinizing the nature of things. When knowledge reached the highest level, the will became perfect.  When the will  is perfect, the movements of the heart are set. When the movements of the heart are regulated, man is free from defects. Having corrected himself, he established order in his family. When there is order in the family, the kingdom is well governed. If the kingdom is well governed, the whole empire soon enjoy peace."
~ Confucius

Becoming Free from Defects

This paragraph is the continuing discussion about how to become a successful king, and what are the qualifications of effective leaders. A leader must have a perfect will in order to control the movements of the heart. Regulating the heart movement can achieve the state of free from defects.

The Second Best Time

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
~ Chinese proverb

The Second Best Time

This Chinese proverb is the inspiration of mindfulness, reflecting the power of now.The moment of 20 years ago is long gone. One must focus on what can be done now, and get started.

Believe Nothing

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
~ The Buddha

Believe Nothing

It is interesting that the Buddha says not to believe him if there is no legitimate reason. But reason and common sense usually don't have much room in religions. If the Buddha doesn't want to be believed as a God, the Buddhism is a religion without God.

No Party Lasts Forever

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."
~ The Buddha

No Party Lasts Forever

The Buddha states the rather cruel fact that nothing is forever, not even the diamond. The beginning has already created the ending. But one does not have to feel depressed about the fact. The Buddha gives the fact, and also the resolution.

Becoming a Successful King

"The ancient kings, to shine the natural virtues in the hearts of all men, at first should govern well in their kingdom. To govern well in their kingdom, they have to put the good order in their family. To put the good order in their family, they should work to improve themselves. To improve themselves, they have first to settle the movements of their heart. To adjust the movements of their heart, they have to make perfect their will."
 ~ Confucius

Becoming a Successful King

Being a king does not mean to inherit the throne from the monarchy. To do the king's job is similar to taking the leadership role in many positions. You could be the boss, the manager, the CEO, the supervisor, the parent, or just taking the lead. It is all about the leadership.

Speak or Not

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Teh Ching

Speak or Not

Lao Tzu talked about confidence. People who are confident in their knowledge and expertise don't have to speak out to prove themselves. They confidently believe in themselves. Plus, there may be trade secrets they want to hold for themselves, thus why share?