As pliant as dough

Since you are not a prophet, follow the way taught by prophets.

Since you are not a king, be a loyal subject to the king.

Since you are not a captain, do not take the helm of the ship.

Since you do not possess every skill, have partners in your business.

Be as pliant as dough in the hands of others, that you may rise well.

(Rumi, Mathnawi)

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