Don’t be alarmed over politics. Politics are almost always predictable, in an “unpredictable” way. The more you study history, the less you’ll be surprised by any curve balls, politics notwithstanding.
Many people try to explain or understand political leaders whom they despise. But, it’s difficult to understand someone you don’t respect. And, it’s difficult to respect someone you fear because you misunderstand.
So, don’t try to understand today. Try to understand what happened yesterday. Try to know what happened yesterday. Don’t be alarmed by today’s bad news. Live today, but study the past. Then, life just might be less alarming. · · · →
Sometimes we need truth, especially when truth is as hard to find as it is to hear.
Sometimes we need correction, all the more when we’re going the wrong way.
But, we always need encouragement.
Encouragement is not a blanket claim that any ambition can be achieved by any amount of effort or by any means.
Whether chasing a goal or seeking a goal to chase, remember that success awaits everyone, on the condition that we pursue the right goal in the right way with the right effort. That’s encouraging. Remind yourself. Remind everyone you meet. Encourage. · · · →
The best method for negotiation is to know your minimal self.
There are many tactics and theories taught by many people. There is the “I don’t need you, I want you” tactic—also a truth. Then, the “you owe me” and “that’s your problem” tactics, plus the famous “over-aim to get what little you want” tactic.
But, the best method is to know your minimal from the beginning, declare it from the outset, and stick to it.
If you can compromise a point after 20 hours of talk, you never really wanted it in the first place. You should know that. · · · →
Things never turn out exactly as we plan them. They don’t turn out how we expect for ourselves nor for our friends nor for our enemies.
We can and should plan, prepare, hone our skills, and always be ready.
But, don’t go overboard. Don’t fear your enemies. They have enough of their own battles and surprises. Instead, give enemies a little more respect, a little less fear, and a little less hate. At the end of the day, we are all pieces on the grand chessboard of the universe, subject to the surprises and strategy of the Grand Chess Master.