The Way Of The Warrior Is Inside Each Of Us

I am just finishing up reading The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi, as he is commonly known, is considered one of, if not thee greatest swordsman and samurai in Japanese history. In this book he wrote about his philosophy and fighting style. Musashi lived from 1584 to 1645, so times are certainly different now. Most of us aren't going to be going out and dueling other samurai to the death. Yet in his writing you can see concepts still valid today and I can see why many authors and business people have referenced his teachings.

There is a passage where he speaks of using different weapons, some teachers believe that an extra long sword is more important, because they can have distance from their enemy. Or others that claim a short sword is more important for when you are in close combat. Musashi believed his way was the best strategy. He practiced it endlessly and studied his opponents methods to learn how to overcome them. He didn't need the biggest or most expensive sword, all that mattered is he knew how to use the sword he had in whatever fight he was in.

We have the tools we need to be successful, but we often don't know how to use them. How many times do we focus on what we don't have or what others have giving them a leg up on us? Far too many times. You have the weapons you have. Your weapons are your gifts, talents, knowledge and strengths. It is up to you to learn how to use them. We want an easy path, but there aren't easy paths. As Musashi said, "Step by step walk the thousand-mile road. Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior." There is a warrior in each of us that can achieve great victories. The victories do not come without training, strategy and discipline.


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