An except from “Zen And The Martial Arts” by Joe Hyams:

...I was practicing Kumite (sparring) with a more skilful

opponent. To make up for my lack of knowledge and

experience, I tried deceptive, tricky moves that were

readily countered. I was outclassed, and Parker watched

me get roundly trounced. When the match was over I was

dejected. Parker invited me into his small office.

“Why are you so upset? ” he asked.

“Because I couldn’t score.”

Parker got up from behind the desk and with a piece of

chalk drew a line on the floor about five feet long. “How

can you make this line shorter?” he asked.

I studied the line and gave him several answers, including

cutting the line in many pieces. He shook his head and

drew a second line, longer than the first. “Now how does

the first line look ? “Shorter,” I said.

Parker nodded. “It is always better to improve and

strengthen your own line or knowledge than to try and cut

your opponent’s line.” He accompanied me to the door

and added, “Think about what I have just said.”

Powerful stuff, hey?  My encouragement to you:  lengthen your line.  Don’t try to shorten someone else’s line by cutting them down.  Learn from successful people and model what they do, thereby increasing your own capacity. As your success increases, be prepared for the fact that others will try to shorten your line.  But don’t let that be you. You’re bigger than that.

Lengthen your line ____________________________________________

It will accelerate your pathway to SUCCESS.