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Leadership lessons from Confucius: embracing new challenges

embracing new challenges

牢曰:「子云:『吾不試,故藝。』
Lao stated: “Confucius said: ‘Since I was never appointed to high public office I mastered the arts.’” (1) (2) (3)

Don’t beat yourself up too much if you fail to get your dream job. Other opportunities will come along if you continue to work hard and broaden your experience and knowledge. The key is to keep on learning by embracing new challenges and developing new areas of interest. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: embracing new challenges

Leadership lessons from Confucius: the basic recipe for your secret sauce

子以四教:文,行,忠,信。
Confucius covered four subjects in his teaching: culture; conduct; loyalty; and trustworthiness. (1)

Confucius defined four key ingredients in the basic recipe that an individual needed to formulate in order to create their very own brand of secret sauce. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: the basic recipe for your secret sauce

Leadership lessons from Confucius: set your heart on the way

set your heart on the way

子曰:「志於道,據於德,依於仁,游於藝。」
Confucius said: “Set your heart on the way; act in accordance with virtue; hold fast to goodness; enjoy the arts.” (1) (2)

No matter what path you choose to pursue in life, the more strongly you dedicate yourself to it, the more likely you are to achieve fulfillment. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: set your heart on the way

Leadership lessons from Confucius: on archery

on archery

子曰:「射不主皮,為力不同科,古之道也。」
Confucius said: “In archery, it doesn’t matter whether you pierce the covering of the target, because some archers are stronger than others. This is the way of the ancients.” (1) (2)

There’s no need to overdo things. Clear your mind and relax. Focus on the process rather than trying to impress everyone around you or worrying that others will be stronger or more powerful than you. That way you will not only have a better chance of hitting the target but will also be able to save your energy so that you are ready to take on the next challenge. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: on archery