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Dec 17, 2018 16:01:12

Catch a faster horse on a running horse

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Victoria Maung

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If Nike has "just do it," then the Chinese has a proverb along the lines of "catch a faster horse on a running horse." This saying that progress is incremental can be applied in many contexts. 

One example is, while you're applying for your dream job, you should already be working a job. Waiting for that dream job alone isn't enough. 

Another is, if you want to be an artist, then start drawing. Not just when you have the time. 

I think too many of us like to put off our life goals because we think we need to block large chunks of time to commit to those endeavors. 

But the reality is that whatever we spend our free time on is already likely our passion. If you love television and YouTube, chances are that you have a keen and empathetic eye for storytelling. If you spend your time fixing things around the house, then you have an engineering mind. If you like to doodle, then you're the type that likes to put stories to paper. 

Finding a horse involves asking yourself, "where do I want this passion to take me?" Once you've done so, get on it, and one day you'll find yourself a Secretariat. 

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    @vickenstein great proverb.

    " think too many of us like to put off our life goals because we think we need to block large chunks of time to commit to those endeavors." I completely agree with this, a little time every day will add up eventually.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Dec 18, 2018 03:42:15
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      @keenencharles thank you! once I find the exact chinese words, I'll share! consistency and practice is the premise of 200WAD that I love.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 18, 2018 23:37:10
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    @vickenstein Love that proverb. Never heard of it but learned something new today.

    KP avatar KP | Dec 17, 2018 17:47:18
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      @kp thank you! A friend told me this in the context of job-hunting, and I'll ask him for the exact words.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 18, 2018 23:37:53
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    @vickenstein

    "whatever we spend our free time on is already likely our passion" => "whatever we spend our free time on can become our passion"

    I am not sure passion exists. One is not born, but rather becomes, passionate.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 17, 2018 17:16:55
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      @vickenstein @basilesamel Also, Baz, is there a way I can directly see Victoria's writings when I first login? I want "my feed" to show what she posted as she's one of my favorite writers on 200WAD. So is Jason Leow.

      KP avatar KP | Dec 17, 2018 17:48:38
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      @kp trying hard to ship this follow feature but search / protected+private publications are my priority for the PH launch now

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 17, 2018 18:08:17
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      @vickenstein @basilesamel Cool, thanks for the update. I guess I can wait until you are ready. You've been working so hard, wish you the best on the PH launch. Hit me up if you see any way I can help.

      KP avatar KP | Dec 18, 2018 22:38:12
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      @basilesamel definitely an inflated word in the self-help community, I agree. but as such, maybe "passion" is better defined as a spectrum? Or maybe it could be on a spectrum of apathy --> passionate based on the number of hours we spend on a task/hobby per day, hmmm.

      But I agree with you that "passion" would be most useful if more people saw it as a process, rather than some intrinsic "thing" that the talented possess.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 18, 2018 23:42:18
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      @kp I'm flattered--thank you. Likewise, I'd like to follow the likes of you, Basile, and a few others! Eventually, even follow by topic.

      @basilesamel Thanks for all your hard work. 200WAD already made a notable difference in my writing, and by extension, thinking and speaking. Keep it up!

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 18, 2018 23:53:43
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