Eagerness to Learn Enables One to Excel Oneself.
Literally, this term means that a person who is able to find a teacher and is eager to learn may become a king. It indicates that a modest person who is eager to learn from others may accomplish great feats. King originally refers to the one who holds the supreme power of a nation, but it can also refer to a person who has made tremendous achievements and realized a great goal. This term has two conceptions. First, a person with the supreme power of a nation must not lord it over others, thinking he is always right; instead he should be modest, and be courteous to the worthy people. Thus he will win the people’s support and accomplish great achievements. Second, only when a person is modest and eager to learn from others, will he be able to broaden his knowledge, improve himself, and eventually become a person of great strength.
- 能自得师者王，谓人莫已若者亡。好问则裕，自用则小。 （《尚书·仲虺之诰》） （能够自己求得老师的人就会为王，以为别人不如自己的人就会灭亡。谦逊好问就会变得博大，自以为是就会变得狭小。）
A person who is able to find a teacher and is eager to learn may become a king. An arrogant person who always thinks that no one is better than himself will perish. A modest person who often asks questions will become broad-minded. A conceited person who thinks he is always right will become narrow-minded. (The Book of History)