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If I had to pick one thing I learned from reading the Dao De Jing it is to reframe all statements about myself from "I am <positive adjective> X" to "I am becoming a <positive adjective> X". For example:

"I am a statistician"
vs
"I am becoming a better statistician"

It does three things for me:
1) Affirms I have the agency to change myself
2) Ensures I never stop growing
3) Forced me to reflect on *how* to reach a goal. Often this requires "learning about learning", a form of empowerment.

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