You can’t push the ocean


Being a huge book lover, I always take some parts of the books and write them down so that I’ll have them with me everywhere, without having to take the book around with me. Yesterday I was going through these notes and I found one from one of my favorite writers, Robin Sharma. This one is from his book “The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO”, from the part where the surfer teaches the young Jack about life.

“Stop struggling and start being. Struggle breeds stress, and stress is a great barrier to living in a state of grace, ease, and flow—the kind of state you need to be in to attract your best life to you. When I was in the corporate world, all I saw were people struggling, pushing, and trying. There was too much doing and not enough being. The laws of nature don’t work that way. To grow a flower, there’s no struggle or trying—it just happens. It’s a lovely, natural unfolding that takes place. To try to push the flower to grow just kills the thing. And yet that’s what we’re inclined to do in our lives. You can’t push the ocean, Jack. You need to let it flow. And if you don’t get this point and you stay in the struggle, you’re basically going against the rules of nature.”

How can you not love this part?  Don’t kill your dreams by overdoing it. Take it step by step, otherwise you’ll be overwhelmed and everything will collapse. Take the time to see your progress and admire it. What’s the point in doing something remarkable if you can’t enjoy it?


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