Monthly Archives: June 2012

Clear Clutter, Clear Mind: Samurai Cleaning is Samurai Learning

I recently watched an episode on NHK (the Japanese PBS) about a celebrity who spends a weekend at a Zen monastery.   Before she gets to the “business” of meditating, she has to clean the bathrooms, cleaning the beautiful wooden floors … Continue reading

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Read, Live, Think Like an Athlete: Become a Stopwatch Samurai

After reading’s Khatzumoto’s article, You Can’t Afford Not to Buy Japanese Books article, I hustled my samurai patootie to Bookoff, a Japanese used book store in Manhattan.   I had fun just looking at book titles and I didn’t feel … Continue reading

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Change Your Life in Five Minutes: Samurai Multiplier Effect

  Let’s begin with a samurai quote raid, this time from Geoff Colvin’s,  Talent is Overrated: Factors cascade over time because they multiply the effects of earlier seemingly, weak factors. Part of the way it works is as first explained … Continue reading

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The Power of Morning and Evening: Samurai Slumbering–Samurai Rising

A Japanese self-help book, a samurai self-help blogger , and a Japanese immersion website meet at a bar and talk about the best time to “do it.”  Morning and night. Morning and night might be one of the best times … Continue reading

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Battling iDistraction: Samurai Goes Old School

Hint:  given the topic of this post see if you can resist hitting any links until you get to the bottom of the post I keep an iPad and several books by my bed.  I like to throw in a … Continue reading

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The Power of Five Minutes: The Condensed Version

The Benefits of Taking Five Minutes Each Day To Do Part of Your Dreams: Starting is better than thinking about starting Five minutes each day keeps your brain “myelienated”.  You keep the thread of practice or the thought of your … Continue reading

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