Scott Sonnon:The 9 Principles originate in two sources having different translations for the same text. Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–1645), was a Japaneseswordsman famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he is oftensimply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship innumerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the author of
The Book of Five Rings
, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studiedtoday. I first received this book in University during an Asian philosophiescourse. Little did I realize that this would have far reaching implications intomy martial art training.What I learned from Martial Art: Teach only what you've embodied andembody what you teach. I share these with you because these 9 principlesI’ve mastered (and mastery, in this context, means that when I need to dothem, I can do so with zero drag). There are certainly issues I’m still workingon. I’m not enlightened. But on these 9 issues, I’m fully awake, and ready tokick ass when needed.These principles won't make you enlightened either. You won't levitate frommountains. You won't necessarily even be the most popular dude or dudetteon the nightclub scene. But these will 100% make you a successfulbusinessman or woman, make you the one people come to in a crisis or for help, make you the person people turn to when they're unsure how toproceed, make you feel personally ready to handle any shift, big or small,that needs to happen in order for you to facilitate growth and development inany aspect of your life.These aren't elusive virtues that you spend a lifetime never mastering.These are concrete lifestyle strategies which you can embody in less than 2years and which will incrementally transform you into the man who othersadmire, trust and respect.
Admiration, trust and respect
. These are thecornerstones of success.