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A for Effort?

They say that second place is more aggravating than third. The same feeling goes for missing the bus by a hair. It probably would’ve been better had you not seen the bus in the first place and avoided that costly step in the mud altogether.

Seeing is believing. Whether the idea exists in your head or in reality, you can imagine the execution. But trying is a really an uncertain game. Making an effort never guarantees success.

Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu

The only thing you can control in failing is your reaction. You either mull over regrets or accept the facts and do better the next time, or both.

Of course, sometimes you just get plain screwed. Those moments are the worst of all because there’s nothing you can do about it.

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Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

— Lao Tzu
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Accidentally, on Purpose

Nothing is done by accident if it’s on purpose. Nothing is done on purpose if it’s by accident. But the two sometimes intertwine. 

We all know what we want subconsciously and we chase it with limited expectations. For example, we all want to be rich but reality holds us back. We accept our current condition with the possibility that we may get lucky if we try here and there. So we may buy a lottery ticket or invest in a stock or in something new like Bitcoin.  

What comes to fruition is rarely what we fully expect but then it certainly isn’t a surprise. There are no accidents in this world but you can achieve success without thinking about it so hard. 

“Act without expectation.” — Lao Tzu 

The point is to just act and see what happens. The magic lies in the doing. 

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Act without expectation.

— Lao Tzu
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Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.

Lao Tzu