Lion's Roar

No Agenda, No Obstacles

GENERALLY, WE DEFINE SOMETHING as an obstacle because it stops us from achieving a goal we’ve set. If you’re walking along a trail and a big tree has fallen across your path, that’s an obstacle. You either have to turn back, climb over it, or go around it. Chances are you cannot simply lift up the tree and clear your path. Instead, you have to assess the situation and find an appropriate response. You need to figure out your options, and to do so, you need to know yourself: your strengths and limitations.

On the other hand, if you’re not trying to get somewhere, the tree is

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