Tao of Management Verse 26

Verse 26

Heaviness is the root of lightness
Serenity is the master of restlessness

Therefore, the Sage, travelling all day,
Does not part with the baggage-wagon;
Though there may be gorgeous sights to see,
He stays at ease in his own home.

Why should a lord of ten thousand chariots
Display his lightness to the world?
To be light is to be separated from one’s root;
To be restless is to lose one’s self-mastery.

My take on this:
You know how Jim Collins in “Good to Great” talks about the Hedgehog Concept”:

The essence of a Hedgehog Concept is to attain piercing clarity about how to produce the best long-term results, and then exercising the relentless discipline to say, “No thank you” to opportunities that fail the hedgehog test. When we examined the Hedgehog Concepts of the good-to-great companies, we found they reflected deep understanding of three intersecting circles: 1) what you are deeply passionate about, 2) what you can be the best in the world at, and 3) what best drives your economic engine.

That’s what this verse is about. Know your stuff. Chill. Focus.
Don’t be a show off, don’t take every opportunity. Say “no”.
Realize that busy work is a waste of time,
and that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

 

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