The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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There is a difference between being stubborn and being successful. Smart people know their limitations, and learn to change the direction when there is no road. Better to return to get a candle than to rush into darkness. Of course, a step back spends us more time to get achievement, but losing in the darkness brings us more trouble.

Three years ago, I climbed Kilimanjaro. At the first 3500 heights, I was in the forepart of the whole group. After we got out from the forest part and arrived at the campsite, the guide asked us who got headache and needed to stay at the camp for one night. In fact, at that time, I felt my head becoming heavier and heavier, and I really wanted to stop. However, I found all the students insisted to keeping climbing except me. My emulative heart pushed me to ignore the limitation of my body. In the beginning, I was actually proud of myself for never giving up. In fact, the persistence was blindness. The truth was I passed out after 30 minutes and then be sent back to campsite. On the way back, I felt ashamed and extremely angry with myself. 

The trip actually taught me that silly stubbornness was not success. People should know their limitations.

My Kilimanjaro Trip

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There is a difference between being stubborn and being successful. Smart people know their limitations, and learn to change the direction when there is no road. Better to return to get a candle than to rush into darkness. Of course, a step back spends us more time to get achievement, but losing in the darkness brings us more trouble.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Xiaomeng Ya on November 9, 2014
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