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16 Life Lessons ( Part 2 ) Chinese Proverbs The Proverbs That The Successful Persons Must Understand!
"The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs." - Francis Bacon.
Chinese proverbs are no exception – they too, as Bacon so rightly mused, reveal the essence of Chinese culture and history. Quite apart from its literal, or nominal meaning, a Chinese proverb often has a hidden if not a double meaning that may be ironic.
Because many of the most popular Chinese proverbs express distilled wisdom, they are as much in use today as when they were first coined. To help strangers to China better understand the implicit as well as the explicit meanings of Chinese proverbs, here are 16 amazing life lessons that we must learn and understand for success in our lives :
Lesson 1 : Haven't eaten grapes say grapes sour Meaning : You have an opinion or judgment about something you have never investigated or know very little about i.e. your opinion has no foundation and you have no right to be passing a judgment on a certain topic or thing. Just like someone who says grapes are sour even though they have never eaten one.
Lesson 2 : Play with a sword in the presence of Guangong Meaning : This basically means to attempt to show ones limited skills in the presence of someone who is highly skilled. Guangong (also known as Guanyu) was a noted excellent swordsman. No one dared challenge him to a sword fight. So of course if someone was attempting to show their swordsmanship in front of Guanyu it would be embarrassing, really, as he would be no match for Guanyu.
Lesson 3 : Turnip, Cabbage everyone has their own preference Meaning : "Everybody has their own personal taste" or "Each persons likes and dislikes are different.”Everyone has the right to decide what he likes or dislikes, so if we acknowledge this difference, we will actively listen to and open for other opinions as well.
Lesson 4 : I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand Meaning : It means that actions are more important than words, some one can say a million things and you will forget them if their actions don’t prove/show their words, and based on that you act a certain way and you understand it. What someone does you will remember, because those are actions, actions are real, words are not always real/true they could be lies.
Lesson 5 : "Who knows? We shall see.” Meaning : The next time you notice yourself labeling something either 'good' or 'bad', see whether you can instead simply say to yourself, "This is change." Try to stop yourself from going on to add whether it is 'good' or 'bad'. Notice how much easier it becomes to navigate your daily experience.
Lesson 6 : An over crowded chicken farm produce fewer eggs Meaning : For chickens, it would mean they need their space in order to be relaxed enough to produce more eggs. Life needs freedom in order to allow us to be as productive and creative as we can be. Don't let the crowd ruffle your feathers and have you thinking you have to go right along. Feel free to be you.
Lesson 7 : The journey is the reward Meaning : Anything you want to accomplish, needs your effort to work for it. You need to start your first step to finish to the last step.
Lesson 8 :The benevolent see benevolence; the wise see wisdom. Meaning : When viewing a same activity, the kindhearted see kindheartedness; the wicked see wickedness. Each one perceives according to one's own lights.The first step to true wisdom is to recognize and accept the limits of one's own ignorance. Understand we have limitations; there is always something that we don't know or don't see. Even what you see isn't always what it seems.
Lesson 9 :The only difference between a good cook and a bad one is an hour a day.” Meaning : If you make up your mind to become a great cook and dedicate even just one hour a day to honing your skills, you'll earn your apron's stripes! To practice just only an hour a day!!!
Lesson 10 :Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere Meaning : If you want to climb the ladder of success in one's career. A simple task of learning will definitely bring a huge amount of change in one's life & this treasure of having learnt the thing, will follow the one throughout his/her life.
Lesson 11 : Many a false move has been made by standing still Meaning : Think about it, regret normally has more to do with the things that we don't do than the things that we do. Sure, there are risks in pursuing what you want. However, even when you fail you can be confident that you not only put forth an effort, but that you also found one more way that didn't work.
Lesson 12 : "To listen well, can be as powerful a way of persuasion as it is to speak well.” Meaning : Active listening is without a doubt creating a mindful effort to hear your customers’ words as well as to try and know the whole content being provided, both vocally and non-verbally. It requires you to hear not just with the ears, but also with your eyes.
Lesson 13 : "Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny." Meaning : Be careful of your thoughts - they control your destinyThus, by holding positive thoughts, habitually taking positive action, we can create a character destined for upliftment.
Lesson 14 : The palest ink is better than the best memory Meaning : Your goals are more powerful for you when you write them down. It is best to have them written down so that you can look at them periodically throughout the day. Just having a goal in your head is not good enough. You will get distracted by all of the challenges and aspirations that you have in a typical day.
Lesson 15 : If you love your work you will never work another day in your life Meaning : That should be your goal - to find the work you love and then do everything you can to make that your work.
Lesson 16 : Failure is the mother of successes Meaning : Without failure, you will never succeed. You need to fail in order to be successful. This is the law of the universe. It is the failure that will lead you to the right path. However, many people do not understand this concept. Once they fail to achieve the results they wanted, they will give lousy excuses, blame the whole world except themselves, and they will give up in the end.