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2 Secrets To The Good Life, Backed By Ancient Wisdom And Research


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Here’s what you can learn from ancient Chinese philosophers:

  • It’s the little things. Rituals are key. You are your habits; so take the time to get rid of the bad ones and develop good ones.
  • Don’t make life plans. Cultivate opportunities. The master plan may fail. Your goals will change. So guarantee that new possibilities will keep coming your way by making “little bets.”

There’s no simple turnkey solution to life. And anybody that says there is is selling something.

Believing “life is messy” isn’t cynical or a rationalization, it’s realistic. Saying “I can be anything I want to be” is naive and untrue. You can’t control the future. But saying, “I don’t know yet what I can become” is hopeful and honest.

From The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life:

Rather than going into all of this thinking, “I can be anything I want to be,” the approach you’re taking is “I don’t know yet what I can become.” You don’t know where any of this might take you; it’s not possible to know that now. But what you learn about yourself and what excites you won’t be abstract; it will be very concrete knowledge born of practical experience… You become the fruit of your labor.

“Doing the right things and feeling engaged as new opportunities keep coming your way.”

Sounds like a realistic vision of the good life to me.

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