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When People Stop Getting Better

One way to break down a lifetime would be to think of it as two portions-- the part where the person became better, and the part where he coasted. 

In a normal person's life, the getting better part would include everything from his first breath of air, as he learned how to see and feel and breathe, through school as he learned different things, and probably through the beginning part of his job as he developed a baseline proficiency in his trade. The coasting part would be most of his career, as he put his educational investment to work, and, of course, retirement. 

There are a lot of ways to get better. You can learn new things. You can travel and see the world, thus gaining new perspective. You can build your personality. You can create a body of meaningful work. You can become more healthy and more fit. You can actively cultivate relationships with people.

Don't Cut Yourself Off From Opportunities (That Won't Be There If You Return)

On Huan M. Nguyen

Too often, I refuse to seize opportunities that are presented to me.

Usually, my rationale is that I'm "not ready to take this opportunity yet".

Only recently have I realized, most opportunities are of that sort. You may or may not be ready for it, but you should seize it anyway.

I kept rationalizing to myself that I needed to grow and "be better" (How vague is that? How many times have you used that?) before I could take full advantage of the opportunity. The problem is that if I'm not going to take the opportunity, which might possible force me outside what I'm comfortable doing, how am I going to grow?

You're never ready for a challenge. That's why it's a challenge and not the norm. But you only overcome challenges by facing them and progressively facing harder ones.

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