03 May, 2006

The Empty Hand

The Japanese Martial Art of Karate literally means ‘Empty Hand’. Unarmed and many times unassuming, a true Karate-Ka may be mistaken of being defenceless. Armed with nothing more than their bare hands, the martial artist can create so much. It’s a powerful way of being.

In many ways, wealth creation is similar to Karate. With the exception of the privileged few, many of us start life with very little or no money. This is how the journey to prosperity starts. And with all journeys of learning and life experience you need to have teachers guiding you along the way.

Many of the wealthy people I know that created their wealth from nothing have an air of humility and subtlety about them. Just like the unassuming Karate-Ka.

Each Karate class starts and ends with a verse called the Dojo-Kun that embodies the spirit of the martial art. The last line of the Dojo-Kun is applicable here – ‘Seek knowledge’ – and you need to do so on your journey to prosperity.

- Sam

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