Warrior Guideposts


1. Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today.  This is never-ending. — Hagakure.

2. Something that is not done at that time and at that place will remain unfinished for a lifetime.  At a time when it is difficult to complete matters with the strength of a single man, one will bring it to a conclusion with the strength of two. — Hagakure.

3. It is clear that achieving incredible results requires incredible discipline — knowledge that can be applied in any endeavor. — Samurai Srategies

4. First, you must choose a goal before you can achieve it, and second, the more difficult and dangerous your goals is, the more effort you must put into achieving it. Ambitious goals will help you focus your energies, abilities, and actions to maximum effect. — Samurai Strategies

5. It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain.  The masters are men.  You are also a man.  If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon. — Hagakure.

6. When man comes to a conscious vital realization of those great spiritual forces within himself and begins to use those forces in science, in business, and in life, his progress in the future will be unparalleled. — Bruce Lee.

7. It’s obvious that to succeed in any difficult and serious undertaking one must persevere — that is, persist in and remain constant to a purpose, an idea, or a task in the face of obstacles and disappointments.  He (Musashi) established a goal and never wavered in his pursuit of it. — Samurai Strategies.

8. Read all kinds of books of man — the central themes, the styles, the advantages, the disadvantages…self-education makes great men.  — Bruce Lee.

9. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.  — Bruce Lee.

10. Each man binds himself; the fetters are ignorance, laziness, preoccupation with self, and fear.  — Bruce Lee.

11. This will be accomplished if only courage is fixed in one’s heart.  If one’s sword is broken, he will strike with his hands.  If his hands are cut off, he will press the enemy down with his shoulders.  If his shoulders are cut away, he will bite through ten or fifteen enemy necks with his teeth.  Courage is such a thing. — Hagakure

12. Believe me that in every big thing or achievement there are always obstacles, big or small, and the reaction one shows to such obstacles is what counts, not the obstacle itself.  There is no such thing as defeat until you admit so yourself, but not until then! — Bruce Lee.

13. Even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not do to think about going at it in a long roundabout way.  One’s heart may slacken, he may miss his chance, and by and larger there will be no success. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong.  –Hagakure

14. It is not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed in what you have learned — the best techniques are the simple ones executed right. — Bruce Lee.

15. One should not allow bad habits to form.  After a bad habit is ingrained, although you admonish the child he will not improve.  — Hagakure.

16. And you should never in your whole life be negligent toward someone from whom you have received a favor.  By such things the consideration of others can be seen.  In this world the people who will rely on others when they are in difficulties and afterwards not give them a though are many. — Hagakure.

17. This world is very practical.  You do more work, you get rewarded more; you do less work, you lose your rewards.  There is only something for something, never something for nothing. — Bruce Lee.

18. What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE.  Too many people are looking at “what is” from a position of thinking “what should be”. — Bruce Lee

19. There is no external help.  The problem lies in asking somebody else to solve your own problem instead of asking yourself. — Bruce Lee

20. When I was a child I once became suddenly aware that a warrior is a man who does not hold his life in regret.  Since I have held that in my heart for many years, it has become a deep conviction, and today I never think about death.  — Hagakure.