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Three precise blows

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

– How can I know the best way to act in life? – the disciple asked the master.

The master asked him to build a table.

The disciple drove in the nails with three precise blows. One nail, however, struck a hard spot and the disciple needed to deliver one more blow – which drove in the nail too deep all the way into the wood.

– Your hand was used to three blows of the hammer – said the master. – You had so much trust in what you did that you lost your attention and skill.

“When action becomes a mere habit it loses its meaning and may end up causing harm, so never let routine be in command of your movements.”

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