“Collected Maxims and Other Reflections”

Originally posted in our September 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter.

No events are ever so unlucky that clever people cannot draw some advantage from them; nor are any so lucky that imprudent people cannot turn them to their own detriment.

—Francois de La Rochefoucauld, “Collected Maxims and Other Reflections”

We chose this maxim to highlight not only the importance of our interpretation of events but also because it shows the importance of being a learner. And we do not just mean those that can learn enough to achieve a task but those who have learned to love the act of gaining knowledge itself. In short, lifelong learners tend to be more optimistic. If we open our minds to the unknown and know that we can discover a solution, we free ourselves of our own self-doubt and fear.

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