My Personal Experience With “The Paradox of Letting Go”


It was around 13 years ago, when I was just a teenager, I worked for small organization back home to pay for my college fees. During that time I had a great leader working with me over there. That man was always coaching me and my colleagues, both professionally and personally, which is smething that we highly valued at that time and at least ”I” still value till today. One day this gentleman came across an opportunity to work abroad, which he accpted, but before he left, he made sure to post the below passage on the staff room’s corck board, after reading it I made sure to copy it and save it in my journals.

This passage came in handy several times as these words helped me out in the hardest times of my life, so I hope that they would do the same for someone else as well.

I later came to find out that it was taken from a book called “The Tao of Leadership”, so I went ahead and bought myself a copy, and I can say that it was a good decision.

Enjoy the passage:)

” When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

By yielding, I endure.

The empty space is filled.

When I give of myself, I become more.

When I feel most destroyed, I am about to grow.

When I desire nothing, a great deal comes to me.

When I give up trying to impress the group, I become very impressive. But when I am just trying to make myself look good, the group knows that and does not like it.

My best work is done when I forget my own point of view; the less I make of myself, the more I am.

When I yield to the wishes of the person working, I encounter no resistance.

let go in order to achieve. The wise leader demonstrate this.”