Tao Te Ching – Chapter Fifteen
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.
States of the Unions
Why Gross Domestic Performance is Important
Yet a country’s GDP is its most important leading indicator. So goes its increase and decrease, so goes jobs, spending, tax base, and then everything else. Size matters, but so does direction. That’s why this is an important fact: Looking at the U.S. and China, although the United States has a much higher GDP, it now has tiny GDP growth — about 2% a year. China has a much lower GDP, but its GDP is increasing at nearly 10% annually. That means unless there is a miracle, China will vastly exceed the GDP of the United States in less than 30 years; $6 trillion compounding over 30 years at 10% blows away $15 trillion compounding at 2% over the same period. At that point, China will have the new world-leading GDP. China will have the new world-leading economy. China will be the new leader of the world, free or otherwise.
Clifton, Jim. The Coming Jobs War (Kindle Locations 280-287). Gallup Press. Kindle Edition.
The forthcoming book, Workplace Hidden Opportunities, explores the influence the Fortune 500 companies can have in affecting these directions.