One valuable thing that I've figured out as an adult is that for every good idea, no matter how inevitable it may seem, there is still an ideal time and place to make it happen. It takes a long time, and a lot of failures, to begin recognizing how the winds can shift in you favor. But once you have the hang of it, it's incredibly powerful for getting shit done.

Until that time, you have to keep your powder dry. Changing hearts and minds takes good will; it's currency that you can't squander on hopeless fantasies.



Chinese culture, I have noticed, has an innate talent for this kind of restraint and discernment. On the other hand, owing to their prodigious ego/hubris, America and the West typically have none.

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