A more challenging path

子曰:「君子謀道不謀食。耕也,餒在其中矣;學也,祿在其中矣。君子憂道不憂貧。」
Confucius said: “A leader is devoted to seeking the Way – not just a living. Even if you plough the fields there’s a chance you may still go hungry. If you apply yourself to learning, there’s a chance you may find an official position. A leader is concerned about finding the Way; he isn’t concerned about poverty.”

There is a risk to whatever course you choose to adopt in your life. Even if you take what seems like a “safer” option that you think will always put food on the table, the chances are that it won’t go as smoothly as think it will.

So why not aim higher and follow a more challenging path? Although there’s always a chance that you will fail and end in poverty, surely it’s better to have tried rather than live your life in monotonous mediocrity.

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