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Yesterday, I participated in a half-marathon. Many of my friends, relatives, and close ones wished me luck. With all the best intentions they had, their approach was wrong.

Never wish luck to anyone.

It is external. By definition, it’s outside of control of individual counting on it. It’s almost as pointless as hope, with hoping for luck being the ultimate recipe for disappointment.

What to wish to someone about to set sails on a challenging voyage?

Wish them grind, because only when you pay the price, you appreciate the prize.
Wish them perseverance, because the way out is always deceptively easy.
Wish them resilience, because the bigger their challenge is, the more often they will fall.

All of these are within control of every single person, whether they realize it or not.

Grind, perseverance, and resilience allowed me to shave eleven minutes of my previous personal record yesterday.

Are you feeling lucky this Monday morning? Or ready to push forward?

Everyone strives for something different. Be it a specific job title, a big dream to chase, a particular spouse. Nothing wrong about it, especially considering needs of any single person do not remain static over their lifetime, but evolve to match their circumstances at the time. Obvious, isn’t it? Yet, some of our strives seem, well, unnatural at best. What do I mean? If you imagine a tree, its history, the legend behind it, what do you see? It starts with a single stalk, then first leaf, then trunk manifests itself, then you get branches, with more and more leaves and even more branches. Environmental reality can and will affect the process. Winds will blow, shaping the tree in a awkwardly aerodynamic shape, allowing it to grow more easily. Every now and then, a fire will sweep the area – hopefully the tree will be big enough to sustain it. Mistletoe will prey on it, as will several insects, birds and other beings.

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