Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Most Popular Reads from Must Triumph

I very much enjoy reading Sam Yang's Must Triumph blog. Below is a list of the most popular articles from 2016.

On the Martial Artist: I asked over 20 martial artists, ranging from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, to Hollywood, and everything in between, about the martial arts. What I learned is that, some get good at martial arts, and some get good at getting good.

  • Why I Never Quit Martial Arts: Having trained from age six, my biggest challenge was never stopping.
  • The Pink Gi in the Room: A comprehensive long-form discussion from the perspective of women about gender diversity and equality in the microcosm of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and how that reflects on the rest of the world.
  • On Walking the Path With Enson Inoue: A long-form, philosophical discussion about the modern need for spiritual growth, featuring Enson Inoue.
  • On Exercise and Building Character: Physical exertion was and still is the first form of character building.
  • On the Enjoyment Paradox: Why doing what you like isn't enough.
  • How Jiu-Jitsu Healed My Body Image: "For decades I scrutinized my body, hated my body, but was attached to it against my will. Then I started jiu-jitsu..."
  • What Getting Punched in the Face Taught Me: Getting punched in the face is a metaphor for conflict. Though possible reactions are infinite, there are only a handful that are useful.
  • Beyond Hacking: Why Trying Harder Matters: Practice, be technical in your craft and endeavors, and learn the proper tactics and strategies. Then prepare to fight like hell.
  • On Discipline, Intelligence, and Stoicism: It's Tough to Be Smart, but Smart to Be Tough: Intelligence gets enough credit, what's lacking in credit is discipline — the ability to resist distraction.
  • On the Loser's Mindset: A Humorous Approach to Success: When you fight doubt, fight it with faith, not certainty. Certainty gets your ass kicked.
  • On the Meaning of a Belt: The belt doesn't make the person. The person makes the belt. You make the belt.
  • Misery: The More You Use, The More You Have: Dwelling on the negative aspects, hoping that it will somehow purge and create positive thoughts doesn't work.
  • On Water: Bruce Lee, David Foster Wallace, and D.T. Suzuki: A curated dialogue between Bruce Lee, David Foster Wallace, and D.T. Suzuki on Zen, martial arts, and wu-wei.
  • On the Ten Bulls: Lose Yourself to Find Yourself: "Ten Bulls" is a classic series of poems that illustrates the Buddhist's progress towards the purification of the Self into enlightenment, and the subsequent return to society to share in this wisdom.
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