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Tao Te Ching: What Great Leaders know about True Success

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Timothy’s Thought for Thursday

The Reward

It’s more important to tell the simple, blunt truth than it is to say things that sound good. The group is not a contest of eloquence.

It’s more important to act in behalf of everyone than it is to win arguments. The group is not a debating society.

It’s more important to react wisely to what is happening than it is to be able to explain everything in terms of certain theories. The group is not a final examination for a college course.

The wise leader is not collecting a string of successes. The leader is helping others find their own success. There is plenty to go around. Sharing success with others is very successful. The single principle behind all creation teaches us that true benefit blesses everyone and diminishes no one.

The wise leader knows that the reward for doing the work arises naturally out of the work.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu

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Tao Te Ching: Know How Things Happen

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Tao Means How

Tao means how: how things happen, how things work. Tao is the single principle underlying all creation. In other words, Tao is God. Tao cannot be defined, because if applies to everything. You cannot define something in terms of itself. If you can define a principle then it is not Tao.

Tao is a principle. Creation, on the other hand, is a process. That is all there is: principle and process, how and what. All creation unfolds according to Tao. There is no other way.

Tao cannot be defined, but Tao can be known. The method is meditation or being aware of what is happening. By being aware of what is happening, I begin to sense how it is happening. I begin to sense Tao. To become aware of what is happening, I must pay attention to this present moment with an open mind. I must set aside my personal prejudices or bias. Prejudiced people see only what fits those prejudices.

The method of meditation works, because principle and process are inseparable. All process wraps the underlying principle. This means that I can know Tao. I can know God. By knowing Tao, I know how things happen.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

Insight: 

“Accepting the World, you embrace Tao. Bearing and nurturing, creating but not owning, giving without demanding, controlling without authority, this is love.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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