GOOD IDEA May 2013

This one comes from a book. A client started reading this at a time of great ‘stuckness’ and with coaching he told me he started seeing things in a VERY different way. Works for me too.

The book is The Black Swan. The impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Penguin, 2010. p297.

‘ My classmate pronounced, as he prevented me from running to catch the tube, “I don’t run for trains.” ………Snub your destiny. I have taught myself to resist running to keep on schedule. This may seem a very small piece of advice, but it registered. In refusing to run to catch trains, I have felt the true value of elegance and aesthetics in behaviour, a sense of being in control of my time, my schedule and my life. Missing a train is only painful if you run after it! Likewise, not matching the idea of success others expect from you is only painful if that’s what you are seeking.

You have far more control over your life if you decide on your criterion by yourself. Mother nature has given us some ‘defense’ mechanisms [though]: as in Aesop’s fables, one of these is our ability to consider/tell ourselves that the grapes we cannot reach are sour. But an aggressively stoic prior disdain and rejection of the grapes is even more rewarding!’

Any thoughts?……always welcome :-) …………. penny_budgen@hotmail.com

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