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Master the Art of Timing

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

Time is an artificial concept, which we have created to make the limitlessness of etrenity and the universe more bearable, more human. Since we have constructed the concept of time, we are able to mold it to some degree, to play tricks with it. The time of a child is long and slow, with vast expanses. The time of an adult goes by frighteningly fast. Time, the, depends on perception, which, we know, can be willfully alteed. You must understand this to master the art of timing.

The sultan for Persia had sentenced two men to death. One of them, knowing how the sultan loved his stallion, offerd to teach the horse to fly within a year, in return for his life. The sultan, fancying himself as the owner of the only flying horse in the world, agreed. The other prisoner looked at his frien in disbelief. "You know hoses don't fly. What amde you come up with a crazy idea like that? You are only postponing the inevitable."
"Not so," said the first prisoner. "I have actually given myself four chances at freedom. First, the sultan might die during the next year. Second, I might die. Third, the horse might die. And fourth, . . . I might teach the horse to fly"

There are three aspects of time for us to master. Each presents us with problems, which can be solved with skill and practice. First, there is long time: the the drawn-out, years-long aspect of time that must be managed with patience and gentle guidance. Next, thezre is forced time: the short term time, which we can minipulate to upset the timing of our rivals. Finally, there is end time, when a plan must be executed with speed and force. We have waited, found the moment and must not hesitate.

Long time. When you force the pace because of fear and impatience, you create a nest of problems that require fixing and you consume more time than if you had not pushed. Hurriers may occassionally get there quicker, but new dangers arise, and they find themselves in constant crisi mode, fixing the problems, which they have created by hurrying. Sometimes, not acting in the face of danger is your best move - you wait, you deliberately slow down. As time passes, opportunities are presented.

You do not deliberately slow time to live longer, or to take more pleasure in the moment, but to play the game of power. When your mind is not cluttered by constant emergencies, you will see farther into the future. You will be able to resist the temptations put in front of you and will protect your timing from being affected bu others. To build your power's foundation may take years. Ensure the foundation is secure. Success built up slowly and surely endures.

Imagine the hawk. Patiently and silently, it circles the sky, high above, with its all-seeing powerful eyes. Those below have no awareness that they are being tracked. Suddenly, when the moment arrives, the hawk swoops down, at high speed. Bfore its prey knows what happened, the bird has carried it up into the sky.

Forcing time. The trick in forcing time is to upset the timing of others - to mazke them hurry, to make them wait, to make them abandon their pace, to distort their perception of time. By upsetting the timing of your rival, while you remain patient, you open up more time for yourself, which is half the game.

Making people wait is a powerful way of forcing time, as long as they do not recognize the game. You control the clock; they linger and rapidly get tense, which opens opportunities for you. The opposite effect is equally powerful. Make your rivals hurry. egin your dealings slowly, then suddenly apply pressue, making them feel that everthing is happening at once. People, who lack the time to think, will make mistakes.

Space we can recover, time never.

End time. You can play the game with artistry, waiting patiently for the right moment to act, putting your competitors off their form by messing with their timing, but it will be meaningless, unless you know how to finish. Patience is worthless, uless it is combined with a willingness to spring at the right moment. You wait as long as necessary and then use speed to conclude.

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