How not to degenerate…

I know this. But knowing, and doing what I know, is still a distance apart.

“People degenerate by relying on those inferior to themselves;
By relying on equals, they stay the same;
By relying on those superior, they attain excellence;

Thus rely on those who are superior to yourself.”
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Tsong-Kha-Pa, 1402

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Kim Klaver


  • Dear Kim,

    This is a short post but an excellent one. Let me tell you my experience around my tennis development and you could compare it to your post. A while ago I had a trainer that always kept repeating me:

    “Once you attain certain level in your game always keep training but remember to distribute it 25% to technique, 25% play with your trainer watching you and 50% on tournaments. Of the 25% intended to play keep in mind that you must play with three types of persons, one that plays less than you so you oblige yourself to win, one that plays like you so you could battle the match; win or loose and one that is better than you so you could improve and learn; to win big you must learn the discipline of loosing”.

    Anyway I keep that with me since then, I was 12 years old and the teacher was the national trainer of the Davis’ Cup of my country at the time.

    As always, it’s my pleasure to be your student.

    With much respect and admiration,

    Edgard Lander

    Note: Feel free to correct any errors in my English, grammatically or semantically.

  • I agree with Edgar, excellent post.

    If you want to grow as a person, you need to associate yourself with people who are superior to yourself. To be successful, you need to be around successful people. Watch them, learn from them to grow to their level. You can’t grow ‘hanging around’ people who are equal or inferior to yourself.

    Ilka ;o)

    P.S. I read an excellent book recently. “Secret of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. He mentions something similar in this book. I recommend it to anyone who wants to change their financial blueprint.

  • In baseball, softball, basketball, whatever sport we need to play up to get better.

    Either move a 14 year old to 16 and under or play up a whole level. It helps!

    The same is true for life…. play up and get better.

  • This is why I hang around this site and the people who talk here. You are all excellent at what you do. The thing I gain most from Network Marketing Central is trying to achieve like others here.

    Thanks to all who write, you have helped me to achieve more.

    Nancy Carlson

  • For the past 16 months, my husband and I have been studying with Marshall Sylver (world’s greatest hypnotist turned personal development guru) who espouses the same thing. It is so true! As Marshall teaches, you are the average of your 5 closest friends. So think about it ~ do those people build you up and make you more successful or do they tend to hold you back? Maybe it’s time to find a new group of friends? Anyone wishing to attend Marshall’s “Turning Point” seminar can learn more about it at, then contact me at (or here at NMC) for discounted tickets. It will change your life!



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