To defeat an armed opponent when you yourself have no weapon or only a small weapon, you use the attacker's force against himself or herself, instead of confronting it.
When something comes at you, you don't just push back against it. See everything that comes at you as an opportunity. Ask, "How can I leverage this? How can I flow with this? Where is the opportunity in this?"
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In the Eastern paradigm of education, you do the application first and then the theory bubbles up. (In contrast, in the Western paradigm, the teacher first explains the theory to the student, who then applies the theory.)
Practice adapting to a changing environment and then implicitly learn through that.
You can't move past the beginner level unless you first get good at the basics. You first have to practice the beginner moves 10,000 times or more.
If you want to develop real competence in business, it's not about constantly looking for new things. It's about developing a deeper level of understanding, of insight, of the things you already know and do.
Being proficient at anything at full speed takes the willingness and patience to first go slowly, literally and figuratively.
Any professional athlete will tell you that the ritualistic nature of slowing down your craft is the key to success in that craft. You have to walk before you can run.
A business, like a fight, will push you beyond your comfort zone. You will eventually venture into unfamiliar territory.
Understand that it’s possible nothing will go your way, and you’ll have to take a vicious beating. But prepare for a fight and swing to win anyway.