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If you want to succeed, you will probably want to do so by being yourself, not by being like someone else. It is vital for success that you accept yourself for who you are, and accept circumstances for what they are, too.

Acceptance can create a dynamic and stable person; it is a strong foundation for success. The truth is, however, that many of us aren’t happy with every aspect of ourselves or our situation, and even if we are, we don’t always stay that way. As Leo Babauta, author of the Zen Habits blog, writes, life can be like, “grasping for something solid ... in a river.” Life is fluid, and the flow doesn’t always go in the directions ...

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