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Life Is More Like Cats Than Dogs

February 23, 2020

I never had cats growing up. Just dogs.

Dogs are so easy to get along with. They are straightforward. If you want a dog to sit on your lap, just call its name. Pat your leg and it will jump up.

The easy things in life operate like dogs. Want a pizza? Just call and order one; it will be on your lap in under 30 minutes, guaranteed.

Cats are different.

Pat your leg and ask one to jump up on your lap; it rarely will.

To get a cat to sit with you, a different, less obvious approach is often needed.

Step 1: Be desireless. Be ok if it decides to sit with you or not.

Step 2: Sit in the vicinity of the cat. Nearby, but not too close.

Step 3: Wait.

This strategy works for cats but it also works on the more important, more invisible parts of life. Think of the following:

  • Happiness
  • Motivation
  • Habit Changes
  • Creativity
  • Friendship

These are the unteachable qualities that are the foundation of life’s greatest moments. They can’t be forced, nor called over.

Instead, you have to get close to them, pretend you’re uninterested, and wait. Only then will they come near.

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