That Chinese Curse (0:21) “May you live in interesting times.”  Actually it’s not a Chinese curse at all, it’s an old English expression.  Nevertheless, we happen to be alive at a time when: — Our desire to achieve “mega” success is high, and the formula we use to get there is obsolete. — Our trusted sources for factual information are no longer reliable. — The past rules that define how the game is played are suddenly ok to break. — The “go to” people that always pointed the way no longer have a clue. Truth is, it's not hopeless, and you're not helpless. There’s just a new Chinese curse: “May the days of doubt and uncertainty provoke you to look outside the boundaries of a box that no longer contains the answers.”
J Michael Dolan

That Chinese Curse (0:21)

“May you live in interesting times.” 

Actually it’s not a Chinese curse at all, it’s an old English expression. 

Nevertheless, we happen to be alive at a time when:

— Our desire to achieve “mega” success is high, and the formula we use to get there is obsolete.

— Our trusted sources for factual information are no longer reliable.

— The past rules that define how the game is played are suddenly ok to break.

— The “go to” people that always pointed the way no longer have a clue.

Truth is, it's not hopeless, and you're not helpless. There’s just a new Chinese curse:

“May the days of doubt and uncertainty provoke you to look outside the boundaries of a box that no longer contains the answers.”


COMMENTS


Posted By Spunky Munkey
"Life is a Highway"
You are the way.


Posted By Vernon
déjà vu all over again
Is this a new phenomenon or is this just history repeating itself? Solomon said, "what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun." I believe that finding purpose and meaning has less to do with exterior forces and more to to with our individuality and personal ambitions and passions. The box never contained the answers anyway. Anyone looking in "the box" will not find what they are looking for. The "answer" is not a destination or something one can achieve. The search for truth, purpose and meaning is the journey that never ends. There are only great quests and adventures on the way. Enjoy the journey while you can.


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Blessed Path
1. Define what you want; and decide you will achieve it. 2. Create a definite plan; with continuous action steps you are taking. 3. Allow absolutely no contrary thoughts or influences. 4. Align only with people who support your reaching success. (Read "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill)


Posted By Rachel Walker
And still
there is a way.. :-)


Posted By Kingvegas
Interesting times...
I think there's a lot to be said for keeping metrics, establishing windows of effort, staying current in your field and knowing when to push and when to let go. If you pay attention you can see what works and what doesn't and if you can step back and take it all in many times you can figure out what went wrong and how to make a better way. I'm still working on all that.


Posted By Beth
Chinese Blessing
These ARE interesting times, but I agree they are vastly different than past interesting times. Thank you for supporting us to throw away the rulebook.


Posted By Rami
Quote
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius


Posted By Taylor
out on a limb
Here I am...out on a limb....no formula, no “experts,” no resources to make me feel like I'm going in the right direction. It’s exciting and scary to be out here. Nice to come back to the tribe who shares this experience. We are not alone.

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