Brandon Austin of David Wolfe writes:
Confucius is known as one of the greatest philosophers that ever lived. He was born in 551 B.C., and throughout his life, his works – which have been preserved in the Analects – focused on ethics within the family, educational system and public.
After his death in 479 B.C., his teachings became the official imperial philosophy of China.
China is a pretty long way from America – both culturally and geographically. So why should we care about the teachings of Confucius? Well, they transcend culture and have the ability to impart great wisdom on anyone, anywhere.
Let’s take a look at 10 life-changing lessons from Confucius.
1. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Sometimes, we can feel anxious pressured to pick up the pace in life due to how fast the world around us seems to be moving. That’s where this advice comes in handy.
Just don’t try to incorporate it into your driving.
Sometimes, you really do need to floor it.
2. Never form a friendship with a man who is not better than you.
Sometimes, we settle for people who are a few steps below us in life because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Don’t do that. Find someone whose characteristics are going to challenge you to hone your skills and values.
3. When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Always keep an eye out for what’s on the other side of that frustrated action you’re about to take.
4. When it is obvious that goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.
Even if it means it’ll take you a bit longer than you originally anticipated, keep on moving forward!
5. If you hate a person, then you’re defeated by that person.
I’ve got some bad news for ya, kid…
It’s one thing to be indifferent to someone who you perceive as negative. But if you spend your waking hours seething and hoping for another person’s demise, you’ve lost the battle against them that you shouldn’t have even attempted to fight in the first place.
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About the Author
Brandon-Richard Austin is a writer, journalist, musician and blogger from Toronto. He loves thinking creatively and finding new ways of looking at the world