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Focus on external factors for success and internal factors for failure
If you grow up in Chinese culture, I am sure you have heard this many times.
It is usually used to educate us to stay modest and keep improving.
For most of us, we received it from our parents or teachers and we just accepted it without question until it became the “culture” or “attitude” we took for granted.
However, most of us had the moments when we doubted it and even felt unfair. How come I always came hard on myself and still was not as successful?
First of all, this “attitude” could never guarantee success. Very few things in this world can.
It can only guide us, if we still believe in it, to focus on improving ourselves, which is probably the most certain way to increase our chance for success.
Secondly, we never realized the sound “logic” behind this “attitude”.