What you master uses you

Bruce Lee had a quote saying to the effect that it’d be better to practice a kick 10,000 times than to practice 10,000 kicks.

When I was learning Karate in college, I was taught 5 katas within a semester. I could perform those 5 katas fairly well. I thought I was good.

When I joined the Musokai Karate dojo, I was surprised that many blackbelts could do only one kata Naihanchi Shodan.

I only found out what Bruce Lee said was right when I sparred with my seniors. Even though I knew 5 katas, I could not even touch them. Their moves were natural,  simple, precise, effective, and fast.

In other words, I was thinking what to do while they did not. They were used by their techniques while I were using my techniques. While I was trying to figure them out, they saw openings for effective actions and delivered what worked. Before I could figure anything out, they already finished their attacks.

I was lucky that Shihan Arakaki saw what I was doing and pin-pointed it out in a way that I got it.

Once I got it and was able to actually do it, I lived in a new world, the world of Musokai Karate (as Shihan explained, the word “Musokai” also means “an organization of infinite thought or action without conscious efforts”). Practices became more fun even though more challenging. Sparring also became more fun and more effective. What was ordinary, trivial and boring suddenly became extraordinary, fun, energetic, and challenging. A simple move like walking became a totally different move involving many different parts of the body. I loved learning Musokai Karate so much that I never missed a practice unless a real emergency came (I did live about one hour driving away from the dojo, was working full time and doing a MBA).

Once I was able to do Musokai karate, I lived into the world of Musokai Karate. Even I now live in another state, I come to live in that world whenever I practice or spar or teach Musokai Karate or come back to the dojo. And I do so without thinking or figuring out. In other words, what I mastered uses me.

I’d invite you to check in your own experience: what you master uses you. In order to master the art, you must discover for yourself.

P/S: Musokai Karate headquarter is located in Salt Lake city, Utah. There are classes for both adults and kids. If you are looking for a unique training experience and the opportunity to train with the world-class master who not only masters the art but also can teach you to master it, please check out Musokai Karate or its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/okinawakaratedocenter/

Shihan Arakaki is the author of many best selling books. His English book “The Secrets of Okinawa Karate” is my bible and training manual while I am away from the dojo.

If you are in Salt Lake city, Utah, you and/or your kids are invited to try out one class. Click on the Musokai Karate website for detailed schedule and contact information.

 

 

 

Warren Buffett – Educational videos

The following is a collection of videos of Warren Buffett. There are few videos of him that I watched and listened to for the entire year repeatedly everyday when I was learning value investing. I hope it will helps you as well.

P/S: if you find a new video of his, I’d appreciate you to leave the link in the comment

HBO documentary of Warren Buffett in 2017 (#mustwatch):

Warren Buffett shared great lessons for small businesses and entrepreneurs :

Warren Buffett at University of Nebraska 2003:

Warren Buffett speaks to University of Georgia students in 2001:

Warren Buffett on how to stay out of debt (#mustwatch)

Warren Buffett & Bill Gates talk to students

Warren Buffett in India (#mustwatch)

Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting playlist

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A few words about intrinsic value

Intrinsic Value of a stock

A stock is worth only what you can get out of it. In other words, a stock is the present value of all its future dividends. 

P = sum of (dn * (1+r)^n)     r = interest rate, dn = dividend in year n

Even if a company retains earnings, it must pay dividends later or all money is lost. 

“A cow for her milk

A hen for her eggs

and a stock, by heck, 

For her dividends.

An orchard for its fruit

Bees for their honey,

And stocks, besides,

For their dividends.“

The investment value of a stock is the present worth of its net dividends to perpetuity. 

For stock with constant dividends, P = d/r

PE = d/(r*e)  e=earning per share

or PE = total dividend on common / (r * total earnings on common)

15 must-have skills to land a job

Be aware of the skills most employers are looking for regardless of the position you are seeking.
Those include:
  1. Being punctual. Arrive on-time, preferably early, and stay till the quitting time, better live late.
  2. Being dependable.
  3. Having a good attitude.
  4. Having drive, energy, and enthusiasm.
  5. Wanting more than a paycheck.
  6. Being self-disciplined, well-organized, highly motivated, and good at managing time.
  7. Handling people well.
  8. Using language efficiently.
  9. Being committed to teamwork.
  10. Being trainable and loving to learn.
  11. Being project-oriented and result-oriented.
  12. Being good at problem-solving.
  13. Having integrity.
  14. Being loyal to the organization.
  15. Being able to identify market trends and opportunities.

 

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Brilliant response to those who say “stay-at-home moms and housewives don’t work “

I saw a post from a friend on Facebook saying that a post from a tattoo artist Ryshell Castleberry has been shared more than 400,000 times. Ryshell shared an imaginative conversation between a husband and a psychologist. The more the husband responded to the psychologist, the more he revealed how much work his say-at-home wife does.

The only thing I’d add to Rushell’s post is that stay-at-home mothers are real leaders and. exercise leadership effectively. My friend wrote a book called “Fatherhood is leadership. There should be a book called “motherhood is leadership”.

I am sharing the conversation below as it’s very powerful. Thanks Ryshell for the great post.

Please share it with all the stay-at-home moms, and anyone really, and especially guys who ever have a thought that stay-at-home moms don’t work.

Conversation between a husband (H) and a psychologist (P):

P: what do you do for a living Mr. Rogers?

H: I work as an accountant in a bank.

P: Your wife?

H: She doesn’t work. She’s a housewife.

P: Who makes breakfast for your family?

H: My wife, because she doesn’t work

P: What time does your wife wake?

H: She wakes up early because it has to be organized. She organizes the lunch for the children, ensures that they are well-dressed and combed, if they had breakfast, if they brush their teeth and take all their school supplies. She wakes with the baby and changes diapers and clothes. Breastfeeds and makes snacks as well.

P: How do your children get to school?

H: My wife takes them to school, because she doesn’t work.

P: After taking their children to school, what does she do?

H: Usually takes a while to figure something out that she can do while she is out, so she doesn’t have to pack and unpack the carseat too many times, like drop off bills or to make a stop at the supermarket. Sometimes she forgets something and has to make the trip all over again, baby in tow. Once back home, she has to feed the baby lunch and breastfeed again, get the baby’s diaper changed and ready for a nap, sort the kitchen and then will take care of laundry and cleaning of the house. You know, because she doesn’t work.

P: In the evening, after returning home from the office, what are you doing?

H: Rest, of course. Well, I’m tired after working all day in the bank.

P: What does your wife do at night?

H: She makes dinner, serves my children and I, washes the dishes, orders once more the house, makes sure the dog is put away as well as any left over dinner. After helping children with HW she gets them prepared to sleep in pajamas and the baby is in fresh diapers, gives warm milk, verifies they brush their teeth. Once in bed she wakes frequently to continue to breastfeed and possibly change a diaper if needed while we rest. Because she doesn’t have to get up for work.

 

 

-This is the daily routine of many women all over the world, it starts in the morning and continues until the wee hours of the night… This is called “doesn’t work”?!

Being a housewife has no diplomas, but has a key role in family life!

Enjoy and appreciate your wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter… Because their sacrifice is priceless.

Somebody asked her…“You are a woman who works or is it just “housewife”??”

She replied:

I work as a wife of the home, 24 hours a day..
I am a mother,
I am a woman,
I am a daughter,
I’m the alarm clock,
I’m the cook,
I’m the maid,
I am the master,
I’m the bartender,
I’m the babysitter,
I’m a nurse,
I am a manual worker,
I’m a security officer,
I’m the adviser,
I am the comforter,
I don’t have a vacation,
I don’t have a licence for disease.
I don’t have a day off I work day and night,
I’m on duty all the time,
I do not receive salary and…

Even so, I often hear the phrase: “but what do you do all day?” Dedicated to all the women who give their lives for the welfare of their families

The woman is like salt: Her presence is not remembered, but its absence makes everything left without flavor.

Share with all the beautiful ladies of your life.