I’ve known many who look for a comfortable cure-all that will work in all circumstances. Unfortunately, the two approaches that seem to work on a consistent basis are not at all comfortable: 1. Apply myself consistently, with a full heart and a sharp mind. 2. Adjust my approach in accordance with the evidence. Through these actions, all deep lessons seem to manifest themselves in the unfurling of circumstance.
The other direction—relying on proverbs without seeing how they apply to individual circumstance—doesn’t seem to work. Everyone I know who’s read flowery prose about “the deep lessons,” but refuses to apply themselves in real life or adjust their approach in accordance with evidence…they seem to become bitter, powerless, deluded, or all three and it makes perfect sense; they are unwilling to go through the uncomfortable process of turning timeless wisdom into current solutions.