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Try Softer

A young boy traveled across Japan to the school of a

famous martial arts teacher.

When he arrived at the dojo he was given an audience by the sensei.

"What do you want from me?" the master asked.

"I wish to be your karate student and become

the finest karateka in the land." the boy replied.

"How long must I study?"

"Ten years at least," the master answered

"Ten years is a long time," said the boy.

"What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?"

"Twenty years," replied the master.

"Twenty years, what if I practice day and night with all my effort?"

"Thirty years, was the masters reply.

"How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will

take longer?" the boy asked.

"The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is

only one eye left with which to find the way"