And so, I gave up…


…Yes, I gave up. I gave up on the concept of competing.

I don’t want to compete anymore.

People are somewhat sometimes against the concept of “giving up”. But I think giving up is really good sometimes, because choices don’t exist in a vacuum. It’s always a matter of “I give up” Vs “[insert something]”.

The “something” isn’t vacuum. In other words, it’s a perfectly valid and viable alternative.

Therefore, when someone says “I give up”, he actually does mean “I give up X in favour of Y”. What is this “Y”, then?

For my case, I give up on the concept of competing in favour of the concept of pursuing my vision. It’s kind of weird that I learnt–or was taught– the concept of “vision” thus late. Competition is actually a severe, destabilizing, disenchanting form of distraction towards any form of learnt-vision.

And when I saw that, I gave it all up. Once you learn and own a vision, competition becomes obviously, a cheap and inferior alternative. 🙂

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  • Reply
    October 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Taleb: “For a free person, the optimal – most opportunistic – route between two points should never be the shortest one.”

    • Reply
      Wan Wei
      October 15, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Lolol no I’m not so complicated.

      “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
      Willie Nelson”

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    Markku Ikonen
    October 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Wan Wei you have a natural gift in expressing your views in a written word and I like your style and points of view. Hard work is basis for all self fulfillment it may not bring about riches in monetary terms but inside hardworking person knows that he is doing the very best he she can. That is what keeps the world going around. Everything can’t be measured in wealth some people will feel satisfied by just having learned to read and write in some places in our world and we all have our place in the sun. Nation like Finland and Sweden play big part in world affairs especially in Labor organizations trying to bring about equality and end to child labor in many undeveloped nations that alone is worthy vision!

    • Reply
      Wan Wei
      October 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Thank you for the kind words Markku! Yes, agree fully! 🙂 I guess somehow I didn’t learn to think beyond myself in Singapore– it’s pretty much mostly about $$$

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