My father's teacher, who was known as the Chofetz Chaim, used to say: "There is a popular expression that 'Every fool is wise in respect to himself.' My experience has shown that many wise people act like fools with respect to themselves."
Many important concepts for living sound quite simple and obvious. Think of an idea that you dismissed as not being for you because you felt that you had already mastered it or, just the opposite, it was too difficult for you. Now find a way that you can apply that idea.
With the next idea that you come across today, ask yourself, "How can I apply this?"
(see Gateway to Happiness, p.20)
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