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Goals and Failure

Walking the halls, eating frozen yogurt, awaiting a colleague who was trapped on the phone, yesterday I saw out of the corner of my eye a poster with a photo of a person paddling a kayak through rapids, with the caption:

If you have no goals
...
You cannot fail

"Wow, how Zen!" I thought. But then I looked again, and discovered I had misread it. The actual words were, "If you have goals, you cannot fail."

But of course, not only is that logically incorrect — it's ...

(cf. LoseTrack (2002-11-11), Buddhism - A Way of Life and Thought (2008-09-30), Processes not Goals (2014-02-20). ...) - ^z - 2014-12-13