This is a zen proverb but I am not sure who said it. I am also not sure what it meant and how it originated. I just know it meant something to me, not in the zen way though.
My interpretation is closely linked to the tension between pursuing passion and being realistic, which I talked about previously. Is there a difference between what you are doing now and what you want to do? I believe many people would say there is a difference. And some may add, “I will do this and that when I become rich.” In this case, is the person doing things because he enjoys them or he is just doing things to enjoy his rich status? For example, a person may not truly enjoy playing golf, but he play it because it is a rich man’s sport. He enjoys doing it only because it makes him feel rich and that he has arrived.
My point is, we should not have a big difference in what we do prior and after an achievement. So that at least there are some activities that we can truly say we enjoy and keep us happy. Are there something that you enjoy right now, before your achievement? Do you see yourself doing this even after you have achieved your life goals?
Singaporeans love to eat so how about this: Before becoming rich; eat hawker food. After becoming rich; eat hawker food.
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