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Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei
Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

“Our modern conception of human excellence is too often impoverished, cold, and bloodless. Success does not always come from thinking more rigorously or striving harder.”

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Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success
Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success

“Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities — for success, for happiness, for really living — are waiting.”

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Henry James on Aging, Memory, and What Happiness Really Means
Henry James on Aging, Memory, and What Happiness Really Means

“I have led too serious a life; but that perhaps, after all, preserves one’s youth.”

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