Tao of Management: Verse 7

“Heaven endures and the earth abides.” This is one of the biggies of Taoism; that by putting others first, you serve yourself best, that by showing you are at their service that you lead others best.

Verse 7

HEAVEN lasts long, and Earth abides.
What is the secret of their durability?
Is it not because they do not live for themselves
That they can live so long?

Therefore, the Sage wants to remain behind,
But finds himself at the head of others;
Reckons himself out,
But finds himself safe and secure.
Is it not because he is selfless
That his Self is realised?

My Interpretation

Heaven endures and the earth abides
Patience and Service embodies your action
And by living for others you live forever

Put others first to be a true leader
Work for the success of others and you will find yourself successful
To find yourself, abandon yourself in service to others

There really isn’t much more to say. The Tao is very clear. It is only by serving others and bringing out their best that we truly bring out our own best performance and serve our purpose in life.


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