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° Strategy taught by Samurai

I just finished reading “A Book of Five Rings” – the Classic Guide to Strategy by Miyamoto Musashi (born in 1584).

I truly recommend reading it all – with an open mind. As you read, you’ll see why.

But for now, I share one strategy that I practice and keep in mind myself. It’s from the Fire Book and called:

Crossing at a Ford

“Crossing at a ford” means, for example, crossing the sea at a strait, or crossing over a hundred miles of broad sea at a crossing place. I believe this “crossing at a ford” occurs often in a man’s lifetime. . It means setting sail even though you friends stay in harbour, knowing the route, knowing the soundness of your ship and the favour of the day. When all the conditions are meet, and there is perhaps a favourable wind, or a tailwind, then set sail. If the wind changes within a few miles of your destination, you must row across the remaining distance without sail. If you attain this spirit, it applies to everyday life. You must always think of crossing at a ford.

– Miyamoto Musashi




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