Stubbornness and pushing things through

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” ― Bruce Lee

Some notes on this:

  • Stubbornness may prove useful whenever there is a need to resist. And fight. And continue.
  • Stubbornness is wrong when you persist on making mistakes.
  • In movies – great movies know when to let go and know when to insist. If you take a joke too far, you’re not OK. If you aren’t stubborn at all, you don’t create any tension and no waiting game – that’s no fun.
  • If you push things through, you get results. You also get resistance. You also hurt things. It’s an inherent choice.
  • Steinhardt says we disturb, in this world, by our mere presence. You have to insist, to some degree.
  • The game in life, the beauty, the pleasure, comes from letting go.
  • There is a lot of joy and pleasure, and nice things, and happiness, and intense moments of beauty if you just let go.
  • The thing is to know when to insist and when not to.
  • I also think that lots of success comes from persisting (you have to insist, to push things through, to work harder), but at times you have to know to relax, and chill, and see the big picture.
  • Lying is about mercy, and peace, and being relaxed. The truth is often times powerful or even too powerful at times.


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