“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” (Albert Einstein)
My thoughts goes to a story I heard many years ago that I need to retell from memory. If anyone know its origin I would like to know that.
Once in China there was a man who wanted a to be a performer at the imperial court. He knew that all the performers were highly skilled and that once a year the emperor selected a few new one to be added to his staff. To have a unique skill he devoted his life to master the trick of throwing a thread across the room with such precision so it passed right through the eye of a needle. When the crucial day had come he went before the emperor and performed his trick. At this point he could do it standing on the head and even blindfolded. The court all applauded and the man was filled with pride. After his performance he was brought before the emperor who asked.
“This is very impressive, you must have trained a lot to obtain such a skill”
The man bowed and flushing he answered:
“I have spent every waking hour perfecting my skill for 10 years, all my strength and soul has been devoted to become a true master”
The emperor was silent for a long time and then answered:
“Execute this man as an example, anyone who spend his valuable time in perfecting such utterly useless skills will meet the same destiny”
skills valuable enough –
for wasting time
Linked to Carpe Diem – use that quote
June 17, 2014