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the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.
Ch. 64: Prevent trouble before it arises. Put things in order before they exist. The giant pine tree grows 

from a tiny sprout.The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.
Ch. 65: Content with an ordinary life, you can show all people the wayback to their own true nature.

Ch. 66: All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.
Ch. 67: Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends 
and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all 

beings in the world.
Ch. 68: The best athlete wants his opponent at his best. The best general enters the mind of his

enemy. The best businessman serves the communal good. The best leader follows the will of the 
people.Embody the virtue of non-competition. Compete in spirit of play... like with childrens.

Ch. 69: When two great forces oppose each other, the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield. 
[WAIT n SEE, Go forward without advancing, push back without using weapons[

Ch. 70: My teachings are older than the world. How can you grasp their meaning? If you want to know 
me,look inside your heart.

Ch. 71: Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. [Stay Honest]
Ch. 72: He teaches without a teaching, so that people will have nothing to learn.

Ch. 73: The Tao is always at ease. It overcomes without competing, answers without speaking a word, 
arrives without being summoned, accomplishes without a plan.

Ch. 74: If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren't afraid 
of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve.

Ch. 75: Act for the people's benefit.[Service through Knowledge] Trust them; leave them alone.
Ch. 76: Whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of 

life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
Ch. 77: As it acts in the world, the Tao is like the bending of a bow. The top is bent downward; the 

bottom is bent up.It adjusts excess and deficiency so that there is perfect balance. It takes from what is 
too much and give to what isn't enough.

Ch. 78: Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, 
nothing can surpass it. True words seem PARADOXical.

Ch. 79: Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is NO end to the BLAME.
Ch. 80: If a country is governed wisely (Awareness), its inhabitants will be content.

Ch. 81: True words aren't eloquent; eloquent words aren't true.Wise men don't need to prove their point; 
men who need to prove their point aren't wise. The Tao nourishes by not forcing. BY NOT DOMINATING, 

the MASTER LEADS.


Nature does NOt HURRY, yet everything is accomplished.
[No worry, no hurry, No waste of time.]
Mastering others is strength. MASTERing yourSELF is true power.

The Inside-Out approach tells us to start with the man in the mirror. SELF-MASTERY is the basis 
for success, for yourself as well as with others.

When the best leader’s work is done the people say: We did it ourselves.
A leader is not a good leader if he is so ego-driven that he is always standing in front of his team, and is 

letting the team feel it. The most empowering way is to INSPIRE PEOPLE so that they become able to 
realize their own potential. [Lead from Back Stage]

When i LET GO of what I am, I become what I might be.
Non-attachment – even or especially to ones own self-image – is the necessity for personal change. If we 

are open to change and to new possibilities and perspectives, without buying into them blindly, we can 
grow.

To the MIND that is STILL, the whole universe surrenders.
This is a realization that can be understood intuitively if we practice meditation and/or are able to quiet 

the mind of the constant chatter of thoughts.
DO the difficult things while they are EASY and do the great things while they are SMALL. A journey of a 

thousand miles must begin with a single step.
This emphasizes that getting started is often the hardest part of the journey. Even the greatest thing is 

started and then continued by single little steps, one after another. It also has the very practical meaning









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