Underachievers - underfoot

The duo dropped one of the more slept on hip-hop projects of the year back in May with the release of Renaissance . Check that out down below along with “Packs” if you haven’t already.

This column has previously extolled the virtues of "deliberate mediocrity" as a strategy for beating perfectionism. But Bennett's stance evokes the idea, most often associated with Taoism, that knowing not to reach too far might be the essence of freedom. Forget the "stretch goals" beloved of business gurus. "Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill," notes the Taoist sage Lao Tzu, in Stephen Mitchell's modern-day interpretation of the Tao Te Ching . "Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt." Recognise where the limits lie, by contrast, and you'll have room for manoeuvre. "In knowing how far you'll be able to reach," explains Bill Mason, a writer on Taoism , "you'll have perfect freedom to choose just how far within that range to reach." Bennett quotes Picasso: "You must always work not just within, but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two… In that way, the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve." I don't know about you, but I think I could settle for underachieving like Picasso.

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