At 40 years old I am putting forward the lessons and wisdom that have brought me success, so that I don’t lose sight of them! Looking at life with 40/40 vision ->
Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵, c. 1584 – June 13, 1645), was born Shinmen Takezō, then also went on to become called Miyamoto Bennosuke, and also by his Buddhist name Niten Dōraku. In the year 1644, he penned what is the one and the only primer that a man: preparing for the hot war of open and honest violence, the cold-hearted subterfuge of corporate warfare, the battlefield of modern-day social dynamics, or simply focusing on how to become a better man will ever need.
Collectively, there are several books that can accomplish the same goal, but they are loose branches strewn on the ground. Musashi offers us the entire tree, chopped, bundled, bathed in oil, and ready to be set alight.
Musashi, codifying sucess since 1644! ->
Revolution is not the willingness to kill or die, it’s the willingness to win at all costs. Part of the cost is the willingness to learn tactics that are not fun, sexy, or cool in an effort to be valuable when your civil protests lead to a state and government crackdown.
I’m a part of a discreet, less than formal group of people who enjoy thinking, learning about, and studying the human condition through the lens of critical thinking. We really enjoy learning what makes people tick!
Right now we are delving into a classic! Dale Carnegie wrote, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.
It’s a book that was something more than one of my mentors read and reviewed with me, as well as something I’ve seen on the bookshelf of every successful businessman I have ever done business with, and on the coffee table of every social butterfly I’ve ever befriended. Still, interestingly enough, it’s spoken of with hushed and whispered voices. So much so, that the people I am discussing the book with elected to keep it Sub Rosa, but I am here to lift the veil! ->
I shared one of the ways that I make myself valuable to people with someone who came to me for advice on how to build his reputation. For the price of one stamp, to deliver a simple letter, I’ve been able to consistently make myself of one of the people that you want to have around, be a friend to, and do business with.
This was passed down to me by one of my mentors, now it’s something that I pass down to the men that I mentor. I didn’t invent this, but I am very, very good at it!
I work hard on accountability, I hold my friends and the men that come to me for advice accountable for their actions, and more importantly they hold me accountable for mine.
One of the best compliment I was paid all year was being told that “I make a great Accountability Partner”, since I proactively followed up by asking if they’d taken the first steps towards the goal that they’d set. Because I want to see the people that I care for win at life.