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Don’t start a business or quit your job. Better to be a Ronin Warrior!


They tell you, “This is not entrepreneurship, they say independence”.

I disagree with those who think that way, especially with the way in which they say it. It’s also not that it offends me (so much), just that an unconscious resentment is perceived in the background, in front of which one dares to do anything other than a job, and it’s also a little ignorant of being a recorder too repeat what’s heard out there.

Don’t start a business or quit your job.  Better to be a Ronin Warrior!
Don’t start a business or quit your job. Better to be a Ronin Warrior!

The RAE defines commit like: “1. tr. To undertake and begin a job, business or endeavor, especially if it involves difficulties or hazards. ”

Is not self-employment commit? I start because the claw of whoever takes action emerges from a rebellion comparable to that prepared to die in a war. Because of this, it should never be underestimated because it is sacred.

The risk and danger of what goes with it are only felt when you lose your job. This feeling comes from the old man who, when driven from the tribe, was doomed to die. As with any animal that lives in a community and is cast out.

In order not to “die”, the logical step is always to become self-employed, because this way you can keep your current job. And when you don’t have a job, you have the option of starting something productive with little or no investment.

Be a ronin

You probably already know what it’s like to be one rōnin, that is a masterless samurai. Miyamoto Musashi was perhaps the most famous. He pondered and concluded that the principles he had used in his duels (unbeaten at sixty) could be implemented in military strategy and in any area of ​​life. He wrote his reflections in The Book of the Five Rings. Its principles are forged in reality and designed to survive. They are practical and clear to those who want to understand them. He calls it Heihō: the way of doing whatever.

Cover of the book of the five rings. Notice the American executive facing the samurai. It was in the 80s and the Japanese were invading Americans commercially and financially. Photo: Alejandro Llantada Toscano

A ronin could be self-employed today. How can you be better prepared for it? Here are some insights:

Authentic and different

Musashi says of sword schools: People see themselves as goods for sale. He invents tools and sells them instead of offering his skills. To do this is like separating the flower from the seed and appreciating the flower more than the seed.

Reuben Mattus, founder of Haagen Dazs, said: “If you are equal to others, you are doomed.” The strategic planning guru Michael Porter calls it differentiation. What do you call him Also tell me: what makes you different? If what you’re answering sounds like a cliché: personal service, synergy … or not even that … I’m afraid you should start there, from your authentic and unique skills; the seed before the flower.

Knowledgeable and practical

Musashi also says: Little knowledge can be dangerous. An interesting way to learn how it suggests: One thing, you know a thousand. Invite what you know well to apply to other things. Peter Guber made films (Rain Man, Batman, color purple). This made him the benchmark in management and a trainer for conferences and books that tell stories. I knew about one thing (films) about a thousand. Musashi instigates what you know to be applied and experienced. Invites you to practice, practice and practice to improve.

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Rhythm and timed coordination

There is a rhythm for everything … the rhythms of dance, wind and instruments. In martial arts there is rhythm and timing. There is a rhythm in summing up, in serving, in achieving one’s own purpose and in a rhythm in not attaining one’s own purpose. In business, there is the pace to get rich and the pace to go bankrupt. The rhythms of progress and deterioration need to be understood and differentiated.

I had a colleague at the university who had studied for six years and was missing one (at a maximum of five degrees), when someone asked him why for so long, he replied, “These are careers, not careers”. And he was right up to a point: there are always times and rhythms to be respected, or it becomes “pumpkin the swimmer”.

The same thing happens in the business of being rōnin. The pace is important, for example as a writer. For example, my best results have been when I have a rhythm of one chapter per month for a book. And my worst results when I lose my rhythm because I feel “uninspired”. The pace of a lecture or class is about speeding up and slowing down your speech. That is why it is useful and fun. Think of the ideal example of the self-employed: a successful medical specialist (didn’t you notice he was self-employed, ah?), Self, at what speed does he see patients and at what time? How quickly does the patient feel heard and understood when checking and diagnosing? Watch your team how fast it is. Now think about the rhythm and timing with which you will add value to your customers.

Live in reality

With both weapons and things, one should not be biased in favor of one thing over another. Too much is too little. Do not imitate others; one must have a weapon that is both sized and comfortable for his hand. It is bad for commanders or common soldiers to have preferences.

See your opponent’s mind … Look beyond appearances.

I don’t like the exterior design of Japanese cars at all, I’ve always had German cars, but today I have a Japanese one because of the great mechanical quality. How did the Japanese create cars that compete with the Germans? With a benchmarking. The ronin has to make a comparison chart of what our competition has and see the reality. It’s not about imitating, it’s about understanding how we can improve and do it.

To have suppliers and employees who help us and are of good quality, not that they are cheap or in a good mood. The preference in our world may be due to meritocracy (not like where you worked). The mistake of some is to think that the self-employed are not creating other jobs.

After all, not being able to see reality has a lot to do with bias. There is something called survival bias. It’s easier to understand with an example.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Above is the hypothetical picture of a surviving ship in the Second World War. If the red dots are the hits, where would you reinforce them to shield them? The first mistake in the assessment is that we do not have any information about those who have not returned and therefore cannot see which parts have been damaged. The mathematician Abraham Wald observed this phenomenon and suggested shielding the returning aircraft only from the undamaged parts, as the likelihood suggests that these parts were vital. Did you think that I congratulate you! He observed beyond all appearances. Like you, my dear Rōnin: Perhaps you do not know the thousands of dead who tried to take action, but the survivors, where were they not injured, who enabled them to go on telling about it? I’ve seen this in your professional and personal relationships. They need to be shielded; Take care of friends and allies with all of your being; and watch very well who is an enemy that got into your own house like moisture … because I’ve seen the planes crash in the first person (including myself) and when the fuselage is damaged due to a vital relationship is, this is the case if they go in chopped: it’s the right engine. What’s left?

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Musashi says: Heiho’s mental attitude is no different from the one he should have every day. It is exactly the same in times of peace and in battle. Be sure to check the truth from a wide angle. Don’t get tense, don’t let go. Keep your mind in the center, don’t hesitate. Calm your mind, don’t give up the determination for even a second. Always keep a flowing mind and flexible; free and open.

Now yes, take your weapons and attack!

Japanese helmet and saber (decorative). Photo: Alejandro Llantada Toscano

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