Sign In

Forgot your password? No account yet?

The Need To Win by PowderCat

The Need To Win


From 'The Way of Chuang Zhu'

"The Need To Win

When an archer is shooting for fun
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.

His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him.
He cares
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of his power."

From 'The 8 Laws of Change, How to be an agent of personal and social transformation' by Stephan A. Schwartz

"Second Law. The individuals and the group may have goals, but they may not have cherished outcomes."

From 'The Bhagavad Gita' Chapter 2 Verses 47-49

"You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.

Be steadfast in the performance of your duty, O Arjun, abandoning attachment to success and failure. Such equanimity is called Yoga.

Seek refuge in divine knowledge and insight, O Arjun, and discard reward-seeking actions that are certainly inferior to works performed with the intellect established in Divine knowledge. Miserly are those who seek to enjoy the fruits of their works."