Confucius said: “Those who know the way are not the equal of those who love it; those who love the way are not the equal of those who take joy in it.” (1)
Whatever path you decide to take in life, you won’t get very far if you simply go through the motions as you make your way along it. If you can’t muster any passion for what you’re doing, then take some time to think about what you really want to do with your time on this planet. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: stuck in a rut?
The Duke of She asked Zilu about Confucius. Zilu did not reply. Confucius said: “Why did you not say, ‘He is the kind of man who gets so lost in his passions that he forgets to eat and so caught up in his happiness that he forgets his worries while refusing to accept that he is growing old’?”
The picture that Confucius paints of himself here is very different to the traditional stereotype of him that has been passed down from generation to generation. Instead of being a wise and solemn old sage, he is a man who is so caught up in his passions that he remains young at heart even as he approaches the frailties of old age. The earnest disciples and scholars who beatified him after his death have a lot to answer for! Continue reading Young at heart