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A new member on the board just reminded me of something important. He posted about how his weaknesses becomes amplified through his training. This struck me a true statement that doesn't get discussed enough. I do think it's true that we see our own weaknesses stronger than ever when we train hard. That's what caused me to take such a long break from posting on this journal (see previous entry) in the first place. Now I am far more open to advice than I was previously, and my training is more fruitful now as well. It's so hard to make the transition from being a pretentious westerner, to something... else. It's a work in progress, but the effect in already in stark contrast to "how I was before." I wonder what changes in other people who have trained for a long time. I think for me, there are several things. The first one, which I will always struggle with, is humbleness. I grew up with two older brothers who were both geniuses (based on I.Q.) and I always assumed that I was too. I'm not. I need to understand that the reason I may have seemed smarter than some of my peers growing up was that I listened to my brothers. That lesson was completely lost on me untill I started training and found our that you have to listen to people who know about these matters. Another thing that I think has changed in me is a desire to do hard work or improve myself constantly. How many of us were/are lazy people? I know I was/am. But now, there is a strong motivation to not o