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Standing tiptoe is an unstable posture:
Promote yourself, and you will not stand out.
Showing off just looks bad.
Bragging does not promote success.
Pride goes before a fall.

In view of the Way,
all these are indulgent and unnecessary;
even those who indulge in these things
cannot stand them in others.

 


chapter notes:

This chapter is another straightforward translation. Note the congruence here between the ancient scholar-Sage and the modern Consultant: in order to find a post or a contract, they each need to be known somehow. Apparently, obnoxious self-promoting behavior was as common back then as it is today.

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