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Success necessarily requires patience. In this sense, we can say without making too big a mistake that success is patience. A day's labour is a day's hardship; a year's labour is year's hardship; a grand plan for a century is century of hardships. On this basis, the weightier the labour is and the longer the labour takes, the harder is the life you must accept. Patience means enduring what is difficult to endure; and sometimes it means enduring some unendurable things. That is why we can say that patience is suffering. Nobody likes suffering in this world, but those who hate suffering, lack patience. However, the aim of being patient is not to suffer; the aim is to achieve your objectives. Patience is an active deed aimed at something else; submission is passivity for the sake of submission itself.

Keywords: patience; pulgyo; success; suffering



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