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Hubert Koh

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近墨者黑 jìn mò zhě hēi: literally “proximity to ink makes you black”. The full idiom is 近朱者赤,近墨者黑 jìn zhū zhě chì, jìn mò zhě hēi (what’s next to vermillion turns red, what’s next to ink turns black). It is a metaphor for being around good people having a good influence, and being around bad people having a bad influences.

Beware of who you mix with most often! This is similar to you are the average of the 5 person you most commonly hang out with.
 

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[与其]临渊羡鱼,不如退而结网。《汉书·董仲书传》
[yǔ qí] lín yuān xiàn yú,bù rú tuì ér jié wǎng。《hàn shū · dǒng zhòng shū zhuàn 》


Rather than approaching the edge [of the waters] admiring the fish, it’s better to take a step back, and prepare to cast a net over the waters [and catch the fish].

This proverb was used as a parable from 董仲舒, a politician and a philosopher, who warned the emperor of his time that if he wanted to manage the country well, it was important to do so in a principled and institutional way.

This is a great reminder to us. Focus on the right objective and strategy, as both goes hand in hand. Firstly where you want to go, next find yourself the tool or means to get there.
It reminds us to sometimes take a step back from fixating too much on our goals, and revise our approaches to reach our most immediate objective.