It’s not between you and your boss, your critics, your editor, your competition, your spouse or some other outsider.
The essential confrontation, of course, is with yourself.
You are your own biggest critic.
And your own biggest competitor.
Now that it’s easier than ever to pick yourself, the question is, “why haven’t you?”
And now that it’s easier to ignore the competition and become a category of one, the question is the same.
Our instinct is to externalize the forces that are holding us back, but in fact, that’s not the problem, is it?”
Because it lies below them.
Therefore it is the king of a hundred streams.
If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility.
If he would lead them, he must follow behind.
In this way when the sage rules, the people will not feel oppressed;
When he stands before them, they will not be harmed.
The whole world will support him and will not tire of him.
Because he does not compete,
He does not meet competition.”