Ancient Chinese Thought: Remain Attentive and Focused on Your Goals

During the Warring States Period, Lord Zhao Xiang learned how to race a horse-drawn carriage from Wang Liang. (Image: John Hill  via  wikimedia  CC BY-SA 3.0)
During the Warring States Period, Lord Zhao Xiang learned how to race a horse-drawn carriage from Wang Liang. (Image: John Hill via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

There is a story called “Lord Zhao Learns How to Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage” in the book Han Feizi, which reflects an ancient Chinese thought.

During the Warring States Period, Lord Zhao Xiang learned how to race a horse-drawn carriage from Wang Liang. He then competed with Wang. Although he changed his horses three times, he lost all three races. Confused, he asked Wang why he had lost.

Wang told Zhao:

The state of Qi during the Warring States Period. (Image: Philg88 via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

The state of Qi during the Warring States Period. (Image: Philg88 via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

This ancient Chinese thought relates that no matter what people do, they need to remain attentive and focused throughout the entire process. Only then will they be able to successfully reach the goal.

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