Confucius said: “I have never refused to teach anyone who has asked me to, even if they were too poor to offer no more than a token offering of a bundle of dried meat for their tuition.” (1)
It’s very rare to find a mentor who is willing to go beyond the bounds of duty and devote their personal time and energy to help you learn and grow. Treasure the opportunity if you are fortunate enough to be offered it and pay it back by working as hard as you can to justify your mentor’s faith in you. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: a bundle of dried meat
Zixia said: “A man who values character over beauty, who devotes himself to serving his parents, who dedicates his life to his ruler, and who is true to his word with his friends: I’ll insist he’s learned even if others think otherwise.” (1)
Actions speak louder than words. As a leader you should focus on people who go about their daily work with quiet determination rather than those who attempt to grab your attention by saying all the right words and pushing themselves to the center stage by grabbing all the highest-profile assignments.
Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: quiet determination
Even though Taiwan is a relatively small island, its education system faces many of the same challenges as others in providing high-quality teaching to students living in more remote areas.
Continue reading LearnMode: working to bridge the Taiwan urban and rural education divide
Confucius said: “When there is education, there are no distinctions.”
This passage literally means: have>teach(ing)>no>types/ distinctions. Continue reading Education for all!
Confucius said: “To learn something and apply it at the appropriate time: isn’t this wonderful? To have friends visit from afar: isn’t this delightful? To remain unconcerned when others don’t recognize your talents: isn’t this the mark of a leader?”
Even though it’s only three sentences long, the first chapter of the Analects does an admirable job of introducing two of the most important themes of Confucian thought: namely, the importance of learning and guidance on how a leader (君子/ jūnzǐ) should behave. Continue reading The joy of learning
Confucius said: “To learn something and apply it at the appropriate time: isn’t this wonderful? To have friends visit from afar: isn’t this delightful? To remain unconcerned when others don’t recognize your talents: isn’t this the mark of an exemplary person?”
When reading the Analects, don’t be too surprised if some of the passages appear to be rather ambiguous or disjointed. The Analects is a mashup of sayings from multiple sources strung together by many different editors. Narrative coherency is not one of its greatest virtues. Continue reading Practical Confucius: Book 1, Chapter 1