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May 18, 2019 22:53:39

The path is made by walking

by @jasonleow | 381 words | 411πŸ”₯ | 449πŸ’Œ

Jason Leow

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Everywhere you go, people are telling you where you should be heading. Work hard! Hustle. Be a doctor. Be a lawyer. Be an engineer. Or better yet, start a startup. Be a billionaire. 

Everyday, there's a new silver bullet being paddled on the internet. This is what you need to do to achieve. This is what success looks like. Here's how to earn your billion dollars. 

Do you follow? A thousand paths, a thousand ways, a thousand glittery and glorious lives you could end up with. So attractive, so tempting. 

But recently, I'd been thinking. There is no path that anyone can make for me. It was their path, and their's alone. Would it be helpful for me? Maybe in some way. But it'll only go so far. In the end, to fulfil your fullest, you make your own.  

"WalkΒ­er, there is no path; the path is made by walking." - AntoΒ­nio MachaΒ­do

I'd been following well-worn paths laid out in gold before me, all my life. I'd be wearing shoes made for me by others, for a thousand miles. But lately, I'm realising, the shoes weren't made for me specifically. It pinches my toes in an awkward way. It changes my gait, makes me walk faster than I should. My legs are weary from the shoes, but I never knew. Until now. I wore these shoes well, and walked much in them. But now, I have to let them go. May I go barefoot. May I make my own shoes from straw or leather. But my own I shall make, and walk in them I shall go.

I don't know if this is just another path by someone else. Could it be? But I see no one pointing it out ahead of me, no one smiling. No promised land. No pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Just whispers of a quiet joy in my heart, while standing before a primal wilderness of mountains and rivers... without paths. 

Take this path. It leads to Nirvana.

Excuse me.
I'll go where I want to.
Over rocky crags or under water.

The Master's path is the corpse's path.

 - "The Path" in Beyond Self: 100 Korean Zen Poems by Ko Un

I'm willing to bet, this is not the corpse's path before me. 

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    @jasonleow while reading your post I was wondering if I wrote something similar context to this before. Then I check my words. I found it "Is my ambitions came from me?" https://200wordsaday.com/words/is-my-ambitions-came-from-me-112635c7d393d2e90e

    It seems yours was continuations of my thoughts.

    Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 18, 2019 23:50:18
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      @chrisdeuda wow that's crazy. I'd never read your post but we could very well be talking about the exact same thing. Uncanny! ;) I saw you wrote it in March. Any progress on that thread since then?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 18, 2019 23:58:11
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      @jasonleow yeah, it seems we are talking on the same thing but with a little different explanation. haha.

      Hmm. some progress on after that thoughts.

      * I stop reading business, success and inspirational motivational quotes ( you know that Instagram quotes that doesn't really provide context on what it really means). I realized that it doesn't really help me at all. It just a give me false hope and ignite my fantasy without touching the reality.

      * I pause on reading a lot of business books, startup, self-help 'cause I realized that it was a form of procrastination on actually taking action and reading too much. I start to get comfortable just having enough knowledge and actually execute a lot.

      Also, I like to test the path/idea/concept to reality to see if it really makes sense since.

      The best thing that I realized is that I only accept the advice if it really helps me in my current situation or whatever that I'm trying to achieve in the short-term that is the part of my long term goal.

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 19, 2019 23:21:47
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      @chrisdeuda yeah I guess in the end we find our own balance point between reading and action, but like you, I like bias towards action too! And that last point - so true. It's easy to just take advice and apply wholesale, but contextualising it to our own situation is so important

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 19, 2019 23:51:20
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      @jasonleow It seems I like that term "bias towards action".

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 20, 2019 22:18:11
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      @jasonleow I just stumble upon this wisdom from Naval today. It seems he got the same thoughts on taking advice. "You have to reject most advice. But, you have to listen to it and read enough of it to know what to reject and what to accept." - naval.

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 21, 2019 22:33:58
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      @chrisdeuda ooooh nice. Thanks for sharing! Agree with Naval, as usual. I find most feedback and advice more reflective of the person giving it, than reflective of me. It shows what they feel is important, though not necessarily what's important to you.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 21, 2019 22:44:32
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