Confucius is one of the most influential people that have ever lived on earth. His philosophies touch morality, ethics and the main life principles of human interaction. We’ve all heard of his ‘Golden rule.’
“Never do to other people what you don’t want to be done to yourself”
The wisdom of his teachings found such an extensive response that it was accepted as an ideological norm. His lessons have remained popular for more than 20 centuries, and they influence millions of people, even today. Here is a list of his most popular philosophies that can change your life for the better.
Keep moving forward no matter what
This principle is based on Confucius’ saying “It doesn’t matter how slowly you walk until you stop.”
If you keep moving in the right direction, you will eventually arrive at your desired destination. You can achieve success only if you remain committed to your goals, regardless of the circumstances.
Your friends do matter
“Never make friends with someone who is no better than you.”
Your friends influence your future. You are most likely to become what they are. Find friends who go where you want to go.
Be ready to make some changes
“When it becomes obvious that the goal cannot be achieved, do not change your goal, change your steps toward it.”
Never accept failure as an option. Create a new plan, take new steps and calmly move towards your goal. If you do not see the desired result, try doing something else, find another way.
Good things cost a lot
“It is quite easy to hate but difficult to love. This is how our world works. Good luck is hard to achieve, and bad things are very easy.”
This saying is all about efforts. It’s pretty easy to be negative and make excuses. Love, forgiveness, and success require a big heart, big mind, and big efforts. To achieve your goals and be happy you need to be positive. Remember, the world around you is just a reflection of your inner world.
Everything or nothing
“Wherever you go, go there with all your heart.”
Whatever you do, put your whole soul and maximum effort into it or do not do it at all. Do the best you can, and you will live your life without regrets.
Prepare yourself for success
“Life expectations depend on diligence. The mechanic striving to perfect his work must sharpen his tools first.”
Confucius said that success depends greatly on preliminary preparation, without which one is sure to experience a failure. Whatever you do, if you want to succeed, you need to prepare for it.
You can learn from anyone and everyone
“If I go with two people, each of them can teach me something. I will find something good in one and imitate it, or something bad in another and correct it in myself.” —No comments here.
Being offended is nothing
“Being offended is nothing if you do not continue remembering this.”
Do not let other people spoil your day. Don’t let their negativity get into your thoughts. Being offended is nothing, at least if you can easily leave it in the past.
Think about the possible consequences
“When anger rises, think about the consequences.”
Keep constant control over your temper and think about the consequences before saying or doing anything. Anger will not lead to anything good. It makes you stop thinking wisely, which means you can do something silly.