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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Wisdom of 孟子 MengZi (孟子/Mencius) (Chinese philosopher) for most (2b) successful entrepreneurs

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  上天将要降落重大责任在这样的人身上,一定要道先使他的内心痛苦,使他的筋骨劳累,使他经受饥饿,以致肌肤消瘦,使他受贫困之苦,使他做的事颠倒错乱,总不如意,通过那些来使他的内心警觉,使他的性格坚定,增加他不具备的才能。
  身处逆境之中,不仅仅是“劳其筋骨,饿其体肤”,在肉体上经历与“温室”中不同的体验;更有“苦其心志”,在精神上历经和“顺境”中迥异的磨砺:“空乏其身”,使其无所依;“行拂乱其所为”,使其不知所措,无所适从;这一切的过程将达成一个结果,也是走出逆境的根本途径:“所以动心忍性”,“增益其所不能”,自身的性情、智慧和能力将在这个过程中得到磨炼和提升。
  这个过程也许只是一瞬,也许将艰难而漫长。身处其间,往往茫然无措,丧失勇气和信心、迷失前进的方向。这个时候,要保持心态的从容,谈何容易;这个时候,保持心态的从容,难能可贵,尤为必要。

This is in fact very applicable for most 'struggling' but focused entrepreneurs.. it is what I keep reminding myself..

in short, my no doubt inadequate translation:

" if the heaven has a great task to be given to the wise man, he would be tested both physically and mentally until he almost can't bear it before he would be given reward."

I just wonder how would that fit with those 'entrepreneurs' who keep changing everytime I meet them even 3months down the line!? (ok some have rather daft ideas, good that they do)..

But of course, I might be the really stupid type as I have worked on GamBond® for the last 6 years. and everyone tells me to give up, and maybe I should, unless after meeting Warren buffet tells me to give up, I will and shall not!

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