On Meeting the President, Again.

With the President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan.

Just got to meet the new President of Singapore in London earlier today, I must say it is a great honour to have the chance to do so once again (if you remember I met the ex-President of Singapore last October).

But somehow, I find myself disliking such events more and more. Maybe it’s the company in the room, or maybe because it makes me feel more important than I actually am.

Sometimes I feel when I introduce myself over and over again to people I just met and explain to them why I’m here and what I’m doing, my ego gets in my way.

I must admit, I enjoy talking about myself, but more and more so I hate it when I do.

I sincerely believe there is so much more to learn and appreciate from the work others have done. I’m just a guy running around in circles, jumping over things and throwing things around.

Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. – Bruce Lee

Been reading Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do and it’s becoming much clearer on what I want to achieve next year.

Empty your cup so that it may be filled; devoid to gain totality. – Bruce Lee

Also one of the guys I met today was talking to me about the marathons, ironmans and ultra-marathons he has done. And in a certain sense I felt he was trying to one-up me in the conversation (he probably wasn’t, he’s was a great soldier and a great guy actually) which led me to wonder, do I come across like that to other people at times too?

I probably do.

So I have decided on the following:

Renounce your glory days. You’ve told all of those stories more than twice. Focus forward. – Danielle LaPorte  

And as the master puts it:

To understand and live now, everything of yesterday must die. – Bruce Lee

Because at the end of the day, no matter what you have done or achieved, this too shall pass.

Let it go.

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