It is better to do the wrong thing whole-heartedly than the right thing half-heartedly. Earnestness is the key. “The fool who persists in his folly will become wise,” promised the mystic William Blake.
In a world of compete/succeed/control/win/build/plan/work/accumulate, the wise man seems not to exist (from Latin existere meaning ‘stand out’). Lao Tzu wrote:
Others are so competent and confident,
Whereas I am stupid,
Careless as the sea
Drifting without aim.