The unorthodox and sometimes insane world of a corporate rebel....
I have been asked a lot of times “How does one determine a strong mindset in the cut throat business world ?” Only one phrase comes to mind, “Mushin Munin.” It is a Japanese term meaning “No Mind”. It was utilized in fuedal Japan with the Samurai arts. As a matter of fact, several books on strategy that have come out of Japan and are actually used in today’s Alpha male business society. One is the Hagakure (Hidden among the leaves) the other is Musashi’s Book of Five Rings. Both of these books are great for teaching the mindset of “no mind” . No preoccupations means sound and clear judgement. That was my wow moment and my game changer. When I go into a consult area I stick with what I know, stay focused on my expertise and clear my mind of what ifs. And that is how I get my mindset strong.
Well, it has been a while since I wrote in here or posted etc. etc. But I am here and alive and doing the waveman thing… I have been working for a local bar as a bouncer applying my skills to protect my employers patrons. Of course when my friend and partner asked me to leave I did so because although I am skilled at what I do I am also not getting younger and need to stay focused , so I am staying the course as a consultant and trying to gain more clientele. It has been challenging, what with my health failing and all, but I get up everyday with hope and strength in my heart and push on. This old war dog still has some tricks up his sleeve… I will be reporting soon…-J
So my story is a simple one, or maybe not so simple LOL. It began some 8 years ago when I had been working as a “Sign Dog.” for a sign company.
I had worked my way up through the ranks from a lowly helper to a sign builder cutting steel, prefabbing the structure and then building and installing signs. One day my master approached his brother-in-law and asked to purchase my services. My employer came to me and told me I had been given as a gift to this man, my new master who ran a real estate company.
What the hell did I know about Real Estate??? It was told to him that I could learn things at lighting speed. So he had lost his assistant in a bitter feud, so he needed someone who was hard working and mostly “LOYAL.” My reputation proceeded me, so he jumped on the opportunity to have me join his team.
I have to admit, I knew nothing of computers, software and anything having to do with the real estate world. I learned and I learned at a break neck pace. Before long my confidence of the business I had been thrust into began to grow. My stipend was meager but my loyalty and my honor to my new master were impeccable. At one time there were two assistants who were paid more than I, but when times got tough and pay reductions were made I stayed and took the pay cut, while the other two left and collected unemployment. My master knew I was a loyal Bushi at this time. It has been over a year since they left me a ronin. It has been hard to regain my Honor. I work part time as a Bouncer at a bar and still in real estate. Always searching for my new master, the one I can serve and become a true Samurai again….
In ancient Japan there was an elite class of warriors called Samurai. They were highly trained and their loyalty had no peer.
When western influence came to feudal Japan with its strange new ways, the samurai class was outlawed, and with this the Ronin became a common site. The Ronin were called master less samurai or literally wave men.
They were tossed and thrown about by the waves in life. Wandering the countryside hiring themselves out as bodyguards. They carried with them the ancient codes of Bushido and the undying loyalty they were notorious for. Always in hopes of dying a death of honor.
Those ideals are still carried out to this day. Except now, the battlefield is the corporate world and the generals or Daimyo are the Corporate CEOs. The Ronin are still wandering , still being tossed about by waves. But with names like freelancer or contractor they are still in search of a worthy master…Usagi is one such Ronin…