On caring about the result.

September 11, 2009 at 8:40 am 2 comments

When an archer is shooting for nothing
He has all his skill
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind!

His skill has not changed. But the prize
Divides him. He cares.
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of his power.

Chuang Tzu

See you on Monday.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Richard  |  September 13, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Bobby Riggs was one of the great hustlers. He would always raise the stakes to stratospheric levels, knowing that this would nearly always damage his opponent’s game far more than it would his own. (Partly because being rich, he could afford to play for very high stakes, partly simply because he was used to it, and partly because of having big brass ones).

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    • 2. cathychua  |  September 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

      Yes. Then he met his match in Billie Jean King, did he not? Somebody who knew no fear…or probably more likely, knew how to deal with it.

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