Chuck Rodrick has made the accusation that I made a threat when I emailed Brent Osterblad and said that he would be floating down the river soon. This is just another great example of how they can turn your words around. Here's the explanation:
“If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by”
There is a debate as to the origins of this saying, some believe it is an ancient Chinese proverb quoted by Sun Tzu and others think it is a bad interpretation of Confucius. Sean Connery gave credit to the Japanese when he uttered the quote in the 1993 movie Rising Sun, which also brought it into our pop culture.
A very good colleague of mine would often use this phrase and regardless of the source, it has become one of my favorites. You can draw your own interpretation, here is what it means to me:
In most aspects of life we are competing or striving to achieve something. Whether its a job, a promotion, new business, or a world championship there will always be obstacles and challengers along the way. You need to be patient. Don’t let hype and pressure dissuade you from your mission. Don’t engage in the conflict it will only fuel an escalation and distract you. Stay focussed on what you do well long enough, and eventually the obstacles and challengers will fall down around you.
Now all you have to do is make sure you are sitting by the right river…..