I was covered in a slimy, warm, living caul that I greedily devoured, and happily excreted through my pen after being shat out by the beast of grammar and punctuation that I’ve sacrificed my time to!
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! ->
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 have helped quite a few friends get started writing; I show them the easy part first. That’s how to set up WordPress or how to Podcast. It takes an hour to learn, maybe a few more minutes if I didn’t explain well.
The hard part comes later, after the first few posts/articles/podcasts are published. We all have 4-5 great stories in our heads. After that, we have to dig. The writing process is easier now than it ever has been in the past.
For me its Blacksmithing, for you it may be painting, building car engines, carpentry, or pottery. Whatever it is, take on a task that leaves you with something you can sign your name to and be proud of. Even if it’s ugly! I’ve made a lot of ugly knives, but I treat them all with the same love and respect as I sharpen and shine them. I never sell them or make them for money. Instead, I give them to special friends who I want to have a priceless gift, or trade them to friends for other things they have made with their own hands. Whats made is always valued more than what’s bought!
To be a Man you have to be a predatory learner. A Mans mind must eat like the shark, always moving and looking to devour. A basic rule is to read at least one non-fiction book per month. If you read a second book, read whatever you like. Your reading a non-fiction book is like finishing your vegetables at dinner before your parents allow you to eat dessert. Remember
I’ll kill two birds with one stone this time, The Science and The Art.
First, I’m going to break down how I grow my social circle, because quite a few of my friends ask me how it’s done. Then, I’ll walk you through one of my favorite projects and show you how to pull it off by yourself or with friends. I call it creating the ocean I swim in. Just like an ocean of colors on the canvas, I’ve created an ocean of colorful people who blend together well while keeping their own unique vibrancy. Meltdown in 5…4…3…2…1 ~>