Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory.
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
He will win whose Army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
He will win who prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War.
You don’t have to start early to become the richest man in the world. Mori was an economics professor until he left academia at age 55 to become a real estate investor in 1959.
Mori started his second career by investing in the Minato ward where he spent his childhood, and within a matter of years he was presiding over Japan’s real estate boom.
When Mori died in 1993, he was Forbes’ two-time reigning world’s richest man with a net worth of around $13 billion. He was something of a Japanese precursor to Warren Buffett, though. Mori never seemed totally comfortable with the fame and fortune his second career won him. He dressed traditionally, abstained from alcohol, and lived a fairly modest life.
Life is a funny game. We are born, and depending on the family in which we are born, our childhood is spent, with silver, bone-china or steel spoons. Our parents and our siblings shape up our initial mental framework. Their upbringing, life principles and values in turn mould how our childhood shapes up. We start going to school and interacting with our neighbours, the nature of both again depending upon the financial condition of our family. We start formulating ideas and opinions of the world around us. We are introduced to the concept of friendship, and friends become more than family to us at times. Then starts our education and our own aptitude, IQ, family support and teachers decide what kind of education we finally get, if any. Education, inclinations, likings and/or entrepreneurial abilities help us carve out a career or vocation for us. We also start developing feelings of attraction to other persons. These feelings start with physical attraction, infatuation, liking and then we make our own concept of love. Each one of us defines love in our own way, because obviously whatever we do love or other things, it is for the first time. We marry, and have children and become parents. Parenting again is a first for us. We try to emulate what our parents did to us, or avoid things which we did not like in them. At work, we make relations, working and personal. Our attitude to work again varies on our mental make-up. Some of us form rigid views on everything, some keep on growing with time, some adopt an adjusting attitude to the world. Some become money-minded, some are ambitious and want to go higher up in their lives, some excel in their fields of work and make a name for themselves. We keep on going through the grind of lives, positively or negatively, boldly or silently. In childhood, we wait for adulthood, then we wait for growing up and senior, then we grow old. But in each of these phases we look back and repent on what we did or what we did not do. With each passing year, we do grow in experience and want to share and interact with others our learnings. But we forget that each has his own likings or dislikings, expectations and life-views. In India, we talk of rebirth, but as someone has said rightly, instead of deliberating on the next birth, we must try and live this birth to the fullest. Our relations with family, friends, coworkers are the foundations of our life but in our rat-race, we forget this important fact in life. And this game of life ends with we growing old physically and growing back like a child mentally. And a time comes when we leave our near and dear ones for another world. And thus ends the funny game of life.
The Story of the Butterfly……..
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.
To win the respect of intelligent persons
The affection of children
To earn the approbation of honest citizens
And endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To give of one’s self
To leave the world a bit better
To have played with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.
-Bessie Anderson Stanley
Steve Jobs used to ask himself an unforgettable question every time he was faced with a big choice. What would I do if this was the last night of my life? Powerful idea behind that. He met his wife that way.
He was giving a university address. She was sitting in the audience. He fell for her and approached her after the event. She gave him her number. He wanted to take her out for dinner that very night but had a business meeting on the books. On his way back to his car, he asked himself. What would I do if this was the last night of my life? He ran back to the auditorium, found the woman and took her out. They were together ever since.
Connecting to your mortality is a great source of wisdom. Reminding yourself that in the overall scheme of things you will not be here that long- no matter how long you live- is an excellent way to drive passion, promote risk-taking and get deeply in the game of life.
From- The greatness guide by Robin Sharma