Andreian https://andreian.com Ancient Honor | Modern Conquerors Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://https://andreian.com?v=4.9.4 https://andreian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-ios-icon-114-32x32.png Andreian https://andreian.com 32 32 129367435 Musashi Miyamotos 21 principles for life (Dokkodu) | principle No. 4 https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-4/ https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-4/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:00:41 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3224   This article is the fourth Principal in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life. Find the full list of Musashi’s principles here. Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. Thinking about yourself is pathetic. The thinking mind is the […]

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This article is the fourth Principal in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Find the full list of Musashi’s principles here.

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.


Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.

Think lightly of yourself

Thinking about yourself is pathetic.

The thinking mind is the ego mind – the ego is pathetic.

Your thinking mind doesn’t want you to succeed. Your thinking mind creates failure scenarios at moments of crucial change, like the final seconds of your high-school football championship game, screaming: “you’re not good enough.

Your mind is like a horse

It’s difficult to tame a horse, but, if you do, you’ll travel distances the walking man will never see. Your mind is your best weapon and your worst enemy. Your thoughts become your reality. When you believe your potential is limitless, you’re right. When you believe you’re the worst, most depressed, most unwanted scum of the Earth you are. It’s your choice – positive or negative thought.

A tame horse – a wild horse; like a typhoon.

Thinking of yourself is ego. Don’t think of you – exist through your your profession. Living in the moment, alone, is wrong. Living in the moment is pleasure.

Live in the moment: for tomorrow

Live in the moment to make tomorrow better. Improve by 1% every day. You’ll wake up a better man than you were yesterday. And more confident. Competent people are confident. Wanna become competent? Work for a few hours a day on something interesting. The inverse of improving by 1% is degrading by 1% – even more if your habits are bad enough, and in enough quantity.

This is your duty as a warrior. Improve by 1% every day.

Make a better version of yourself for tomorrow.

You exist through your profession

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Your profession is your path. What you dedicate your life too. Musashi dedicated his life to warfare – he lived a good life. He traveled far down his path, victory after victory, student after successful student, war after war. Everything Musashi learned related to his path. He never strayed from the way.

The best books on Musashi

The Farther you travel, the happier you’ll be.

Your profession is your path. Achievement makes humans happy. People like to grow. To look back at earlier work, reflecting on how terrible you used to be(you were never bad, there are levels).

The farther you travel, the happier you’ll be. Self-fulfillment through accomplishment.

The World isn’t a bad place.

The world isn’t a depressing place. But your mind is. If you’re caught in the chaos, trapped in your thoughts, get out as fast as you can – your mind is ruthless.

Most of the depressed are in their heads.

Get out of your head and into the world. Stop thinking about yourself. Think of the world and the many cogs controlling your behavior; your habits.

Rule 4. | Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.

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Musashi Miyamotos 21 principles for life (Dokkodu) | principle No. 3 https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-3/ https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-3/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:45:22 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3170 This article is the third Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life. Musashi’s 21 Principles Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling. Rule 2 | Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling. Feelings change like […]

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This article is the third Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.

Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.


Rule 2 | Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

Feelings change like the seasons.

You can’t depend on your feelings for anything. Control them as much as you can. Your emotions want to protect you, but, your brain is better at defending than your emotions. A better shield.

Your emotions are like a child. There isn’t a monster in the closet; you know this. Yet, the door is closed and behind it, a two-ton gigasaurous death-rex waits, ready to eat you the instant you close your eyes.

The world is a different place than our ancient ancestors world, akin to a Jurassic-Park forest. They needed emotions. We don’t.

You don’t need emotions to be a good person. Your actions, with or without emotions, determine who you are. Not what you say you are, but what you do.

Feelings, like seasons, come and go.

A farmer doesn’t rely on a good season for his crops. he rely’s on discipline, forged underneath black, tearing skies, inside shivering skin, outside from sun up, to moon up.

Discipline is the accumulation of little no’s and little yes’s.

Should I keep working? Yes.

Should I stop now and take a break? No.

The farmer can’t depend on good weather in a cold place. The world is as cold of place as Pluto. Sometimes.

Depending on your emotions is disastrous to your growth

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A wannabe DJ who depends on motivation instead of discipline, spends 2-4 hours a week training his art. You can’t call it an art. He calls himself a DJ but doesn’t make music. Instead, he takes breaks when he comes home from his day job, because he’s too tired to sit in a chair and create art.

The disciplined, hungry savage spends 12 hours ever Saturday creating music. He gets the call from the record company. He plays the shows. The hungry savage is disciplined. Women flock to him because women love a passionate man. He never chases them. Instead, the hungry savage picks a potential mate like a sexy criminal lineup with six tens posing, and spinning, all for him.

The wannabe chases women.

Don’t chase women. They’re faster than you.

Before each short working session, the wannabe watches a motivational video. He doesn’t listen to power-speeches. Usually one isn’t enough. After the third or fourth, an hour and a half in like watching a Lord of the Rings movie, he gets 45 minutes of distracted creation while looking at the lives of better men on Instagram in shameful jealousy.

Why isn’t my life like that. I’m just not good enough.

Emotions are terrible because emotions are unreliable

Emotions are variables – they change.

  • You can’t work today because you’re sad.
  • You can’t focus because your angry.
  • You can’t pay your bills because you’re upset about the Football game and need a drink.

(emotional MANpon)

Discipline is different.

Discipline works like this:

  • I’m sad. I will work today because my path is my life, my muse, my lover. I will forget my pain through my self-induced suffering.
  • I’m angry. I work every day on my goals. I will work today.
  • I’m upset my Football team lost. I am my own hero. I don’t carry the losses of other men to heart or compare myself to their glory. I will work.
Discipline is a constant.

It never stops, like the Earth rotating around the sun. If the Earth was emotional, and didn’t have the motivation to move, were all dead.

like our lives without discipline.

We die.

Rule 2 | Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

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This article is the second Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.


Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

Rule 2 | Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

Pleasure is a trap.

Pleasure is a white unicorn, farting rainbows as it bounds playfully like it’s hooves are made of springs through a luscious green meadow, looking behind, running forward, begging you to chase it. You do.

The unicorn shits gold bricks. You pick them up as you approach the beast. Greedy as you are, you… reach inside. You want more gold. One bar isn’t enough. You want to indulge yourself.

you feel a tightness overtaking your hand, like a vice-grip crushing a watermelon until it pops. You open your eyes. There’s no unicorn – only a bear-trap.

The Pleasure trap

You’ll never get enough pleasure. Pleasure, like drugs, is addicting. No, let’s say pleasure is a drug instead.

Pleasure is smoking weed with your friend every weekend for sixteen years. The highlight of the weekend is the laughter you share while stumbling to the local 7/11, spending 13.42$ on enough snacks for a week, eaten in one night, playing xbox until the sun reminds you… you’re a loser.

Pleasure is a trap because it feels so good. Usually, pleasure is on-command. Discipline is hard. Discipline is the little white dot in the black Yang, indicating peace in a place of chaos.

Discipline doesn’t feel good in the moment.

It’s not instant like pleasure. No common-man wins a gold medal in the Olympics. It’s too hard. It actually requires waking up before noon, working, not playing video games, and a dedication which removes excuses and needs for a break-taking.

Shouldn’t life feel good?

It does, and yes, it should. But pleasure isn’t the answer to a fulfilled life. Pleasure is an empty life. Pleasurable lives are lives with regrets, and panic before death, because life existed in the moment, instead of in hopes & dreams. Or destiny.

An elderly man coming to terms with his life while staring into the white wall of the hospital from his bed, shitting in a pan, crying inside, and out. He boozed with the gents, raised a few kids, married his high-school sweetheart, and always showed up to work on time for a nice pat on the back from the boss and a raise every two years. He never did anything for himself. The man’s dream die’s when he does.

The thing about dreams, and one reason why they aren’t accomplished, is because people believe their dreams, are theirs.

They aren’t. 

Our dreams don’t belong to us. They belong to the world. Your dreams impact the lives of thousands – maybe millions.

Humanity is social: We’re better at caring for others than ourselves. If your dog needs to take a pill every day to heal her cancer, you’ll waterboard the drugs down her throat until she’s back in perfect health.

Doctors complain their patients don’t take their pills. People kill themselves for their darlings. 

It’s motivational to accomplish your dreams for someone else, instead of yourself. You can hate yourself all day. Telling yourself “How could you eat that burger. You’re a piece of shit.” You don’t flame your friends. Build your dreams for them.

Accomplish for your wife, god, your girlfriend, your parents, a mentor, or, someone you’ve never met before. Emma Watson. It doesn’t matter. Try giving the purpose of your dreams to someone else. It may give you the motivation you need to start. Once you start; rely on discipline. Motivation is fleeting and ineffective for the true professional.

Instead of pleasure – aim for satisfaction.

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Rule 2 | Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

Aim for satisfaction; what Musashi wanted. For his students: for us.

Satisfaction and pleasure are completely different – satisfaction pings after a challenge is completed. Pleasure is purchased – satisfaction is earned.

Satisfaction comes at different levels. Shooting six free-throws in a row is satisfaction; a little burst of dopamine to encourage your continued play. Finishing a 100 mile race over a twenty-four-hour window without sleep releases a flood of dopamine large enough to drown a small Asia-Pacific village.

Great accomplishment provide great satisfaction.

Life fulfillment through accomplishment.

 

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Musashi Books | Books Written, or About the Greatest Warrior to ever live: Miyamoto Musashi https://andreian.com/musashi-books/ https://andreian.com/musashi-books/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:00:08 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3181 Miyamoto Musashi was one of the greatest warriors to ever live.  No warrior could best Musashi. Winning over fifty one-on-one duals. His first at age 13. To learn more about Musashi, read the article below. Musashi’s final work before his death, the Dokkodu, provides 21 precepts, rules for life which still apply today. These rules […]

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Miyamoto Musashi was one of the greatest warriors to ever live. 

No warrior could best Musashi.

Winning over fifty one-on-one duals. His first at age 13.

To learn more about Musashi, read the article below. Musashi’s final work before his death, the Dokkodu, provides 21 precepts, rules for life which still apply today. These rules helped Musashi walk his path to glory while retaining his honor as a legend Of Japan.

Miyamoto Musashi’s 21 Rules for Life

Below are books written by Musashi, and books about the legendary swordsman. Some fictitious books on Musashi are included too. They’re damn good reads.


The Book of Five Rings

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The book of Five Rings, Translated by William Scott Wilson, who translated the next book, is authored by Miyamoto Musashi himself. It’s estimated the book of five rings was written in 1645.

The book of five rings is separated into five books:

  1. The book of earth
  2. The book of water
  3. The book of fire
  4. The book of wind
  5. The book of the void

Each Musashi book contains wisdom pertaining to battle.

The void is an outlier from the rest, describing consciousness, the greatest weapon a warrior can wield; present mind in the moment of battle.

Each book focuses on a different element of combat. Musashi believed combat is a mental battle as much as a physical battle. The Book of Five Rings is a combination of the various aspects of his teachings to his students at Musashi’s dojo.

The book of five rings is not a physical combat book, but a book on the strategy of warfare.

There are few warriors left alive today. War is slowly becoming a relic of the past. Human technology is too powerful to wage war – nearly every 1st world country has enough fire-power to send the world back to the dark ages.

Instead of the battlefield, combat occurs in business and organized competition. Regardless of whether your fights are life or death, or, a negation for a ten-thousand dollar raise in your field of work, your mind needs to perform gracefully to achieve the means to your end. Whatever end you chase.

The book of five rings is Musashi’s advice on preparation for battle.

If you want a better life, prepare for war.

The Book of Five Rings Quotes:

  • Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
  • there is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.
  • Do nothing that is of no use.
  • If you wish to control others you must first control yourself.
  • from one thing, know ten thousand things.
  • Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
  • Do not regret what you have done.
  • All man are the same except for their belief in their own selves, regardless of what others may think of them.
  • Do not sleep under a roof. Carry no money or food. Go alone to places frightening to the common brand of men. Become a criminal of purpose. Be put in jail, and extricate yourself by your own wisdom.
  • If you master the principles of sword-fencing, when you freely beat one man, you beat any man in the world. The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men.

The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

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The lone Samurai is a book about Musashi – as much as history permits us to know. Musashi was a wandering Ronin, a samurai without a master, traveling between provinces, seeking duels, testing his skill and title as the greatest swordsman to ever live.

There isn’t enough information to complete a picture of Musashi. Some trivial information exists, like, Musashi having eczema. Because of this The Lone Samurai fills the gaps of Musashi’s life with Japanese history and cross-referenced works of parallel figures.

Many of Musashi’s battles are told in The Lone Samurai.

The battle themselves of least importance, while his philosophy of life retaining the object of focus.

The Lone Samurai Quotes:

  • When the Mind is correct, the brush will be also.
  • Musashi and Takuan both believed that the great mistake was being slowed or rendered immobile by what one sees, hears, feels, or thinks
  • Your real intent should be not to die with weapons uselessly worn at your side.
  • Musashi could teach his techniques and give advice, but in the end each disciple was required to assess his own strength, find his own Way, and make that Way truly his own.

Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era

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Like the book of five rings, Musashi, the fictitious epic novel of Musashi’s life, spans across many books. Seven in total.

Musashi was published in 1935, but, wasn’t translated into English until 1981.

Musashi is a massive book. 900 pages in total.

The book has an ongoing theme of Musashi and his journeys, as he seeks perfection in his art, combat, and, perfecting the conscious mind he chases like a child chasing a pink orchid as it falls from the sky.

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Little is known about Musashi because of his nomadic ways.

Musashi, is a beautiful representation of how Miyamoto Musashi could have lived. It’s a brilliant read, and often, feels like you’re not in a novel at all, but, reading the exploits of the greatest swordsman to ever live.

Musashi Quotes:

  • It is easy to crush an enemy outside oneself but impossible to defeat an enemy within.
  • you’re going to find people from all over the country, everyone hungry for money and position. You won’t make a name for yourself just doing what the next man does. You’ll have to distinguish yourself in some way.
  • I want to lead an important life. I want to do it because I was born a human being.
  • Hold on to your life and make it honest and brave.
  • Think what you like. There are people who die by remaining alive and others who gain life by dying.
  • There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.

Musashi (Graphic Novel)

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Kindle | Paperback

Musashi’s life in graphic novel format. Based on The Lone Samurai, listed above.

The Graphic Novel is less about gore and the violence of Musashi’s duels, focusing on the pacing of Musashi’s life and his development as a warrior and a philosopher instead, because, Musashi used combat to learn about the true nature of the world and of man.

Musashi Graphic Novel Frames:

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The Book of Five Rings (Graphic Novel)

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Paperback

The book of five rings in graphic form. The book is partial to Musashi’s life and his philosophy included in The Book of Five Rings: Musashi’s collection of beliefs.

The Book of Five Rings is long for a graphic novel with 160 pages of beautiful black and white drawn frames maintaining a historic and disciplined setting throughout the graphic novel.

The book of Five Rings graphic novel pairs nicely with the actual Book of Five Rings.

The Book of Five Rings Graphic Novel Frames:

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The Andreia Philosophy blog contains a massive amount of information on Bushido and the way of the samurai.

For more, use this link to visit the Bushido Category.


Quotes from goodreads.

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Challenge: One Hour Pull Ups https://andreian.com/challenge-one-hour-pull-ups/ https://andreian.com/challenge-one-hour-pull-ups/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:44:31 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3058 This article is the first entry in the Andreia Challenge series. Always struggle. Self-fulfillment through accomplishment. Do as many pull-ups as you can in one hour. Set a timer. The echo-dot is the best device for timing events like this. Use the dot for setting breaks for your work too. You can pace, do pushups, […]

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This article is the first entry in the Andreia Challenge series.

Always struggle. Self-fulfillment through accomplishment.

Do as many pull-ups as you can in one hour.

Set a timer. The echo-dot is the best device for timing events like this. Use the dot for setting breaks for your work too.

You can pace, do pushups, drink water, listen to a book, or play music.

Don’t leave the bar. Stay within two feet. If you need the bathroom; place the bar in the door of your bathroom.

The best non-destructive on your home pull up bar

Challenge yourself. How many can you do in an hour?

Test yourself today. Now. (slash through)

If you read, execute. Don’t be a self-help asshole.

Try again in one month. Have you improved? Get stronger every month. Let your training be constant and consistently improving.

Live today for you tomorrow. Take care of future you and sacrifice the present.

Are you happy with your results? Are you gaining strength?

Don’t train in any specific protocol. Burn your body like a candle thrown into a volcano. Put the hammer down. Smash your records of yourself.

Be an animal. Pull until your arms fall out of your sockets.

Challenge yourself.

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The Andreia Challenge Series https://andreian.com/andreia-challenge/ https://andreian.com/andreia-challenge/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:44:11 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3055   The Andreia challenge articles each contain a challenge anyone can do. Most people believe reading improves their lives – not true; Growing against struggle levels you up. Think of a video-game. As you progress, missions become more difficult. In life, no one leaves the training level, repeating the same task over and over until […]

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The Andreia challenge articles each contain a challenge anyone can do.

Most people believe reading improves their lives – not true; Growing against struggle levels you up. Think of a video-game. As you progress, missions become more difficult.

In life, no one leaves the training level, repeating the same task over and over until the power runs out.

People who read too much are Self-Help-Assholes trapped inside a glass house with walls smeared black with their bullshit excuses.

Fear is blinding.

So are lies.

Test yourself with a new challenge each month.

These articles are example challenges for you to try. Do something hard every month. The larger the struggle you bear, the greater your life will become.

Make your own challenges too.

Challenges take you away from your comfort zone. That’s it.

Life begins against struggle. The pursuit of more leisure time is empty. Responsibility amplifies power.

Normal people work for vacations and over sized televisions that belong in the MGM Grand. Not a mid-century suburban home drowning in a 7% interest mortgage.

The Greatest Artists

The greatest artists work for the love of their craft. They don’t care about money. Money is a side-effect of mastery. Mastery is challenging.

Some men might say they chase perfection. However, good artists know perfection is a unicorn. Fast, imaginary, yet they chase it until they die, knowing they’ll never reach perfection, trying anyway.

Pablo Picasso never stopped painting.

Great men love the challenge life presents.

Struggle every day.

Don’t kill yourself, but get close to the line.

  • You’ll sleep better at night
  • Gain confidence
  • Gain status
  • Grow stronger
  • More female attention

You’ll transform into a confident version of yourself, on the way to becoming the best version of yourself.

The weak hate to struggle because they fear change. For a weak man change means the destruction of current standing.

For a great man, change means ascension to the levels their mentors previously held. The greatest reward for a mentor – observing a student, learning ravenously like a man who hasn’t eaten for three weeks surpass them.

Change is an improvement.

Always change.

The first challenge: One hour of pullups

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Musashi Miyamotos 21 principles for life (Dokkodu) | principle No. 1 https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-1/ https://andreian.com/musashi-principle-1/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:42:27 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3166   This article is the first Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life. Musashi’s 21 Principles Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi. Be detached from desire your whole life long. Rule 1. | Be detached from desire your whole life long. Desire pulls you out of the […]

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This article is the first Principle in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.


Be detached from desire your whole life long.

life is suffering

Rule 1. | Be detached from desire your whole life long.

Desire pulls you out of the moment and into your head.

The greatest warriors, like Musashi, live in the moment. They’re ready for whatever life brings forth, good or bad, at all times. Living in the moment is living in a state of preparedness for opportunity of all kinds.

Many philosophers, dead and alive today, preach the wonder of being in the moment. Some, call it flow. Others call it enlightenment. You can call it whatever you want. But, whatever you call it, being in the moment is a wonderful place to be. A place without angry thoughts pelting your self-esteem like a flood of children throwing snowballs at the back of your head as you walk down the sidewalk in the middle of January.

When you aren’t paying attention, your dead.

Desire only hurts

You don’t get what you want. You get what you earn. Most people want the world but aren’t willing to do ten push-ups to get it. 

Desiring objects, or women, is a sign of weakness. Out of the present moment. Where the power lives. Ejecting away from tranquility. Running away from the intuition which will take you there. You don’t need to think that much. All the answers live inside. Action.

Most of what you desire isn’t what you want anyways. It’s what you think you want. Desire exists in advertising – not in your world.

Ads for Rogaine show a man, late fifties, with a thick head of salt and pepper hair, and a blonde bombshell dancing in the man’s red convertible on the back seat. She’s wearing a red, one piece swimsuit and a full head of sandy blonde hair. You’re picturing it.

Now I need a convertible because convertibles get girls. That guy’s normal and average like me. With his convertible, he’s a king. I should be king.

Later, in your convertable, a weight rests on the seat. But it’s not a beautiful woman – it’s the same takeout from the same Chinese place with the same, red peeled walls, you’ve seen for the last 15 years. You got the Rogaine. No extra hair, the smell of burning scalp and chemicals instead.

Desire is a trick played on the vulnerable.

Desire is seeing another child playing with a toy you never liked, then, being overcome with jealous fury and ripping the toy from his hands like you’ve found a secret scroll from an ancient tomb.

Stop Chasing with Desire

Chase improvement instead.

Find an art you love. Make it your path. Walk down the path every day. If you stay loyal to your art, your muse, the spirit you create for, without ego, without thought, she will reward you.

  • The professional basketball player who wanted to play ball after school – instead of chasing girls.
  • The broke writer, who spent his time creating stories, meeting his success at a young age of thirty.
  • The founder of KFC, Colonel Sanders didn’t make his fortune until he was sixty. He didn’t dedicate his life to a mission until later. Once he did, the Muse rewarded him.

Don’t desire things. Or people.

Desire making art for your muse and adding color to a terrible world. You don’t get a reward by asking, you get a reward by doing.

Rule 1. | Be detached from desire your whole life long.

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Musashi’s 21 rules for life | Wisdom from The Greatest swordsman to Ever Live https://andreian.com/musashi-21-rules/ https://andreian.com/musashi-21-rules/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:00:26 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3163 Miyamoto Musashi is the greatest swordsman to ever live; undefeated in 61 one-one-one duels. Musashi’s total kill-count is much higher – he fought in clan wars too.  Musashi killed his first man when he was 13. About the same time most modern-children receive their first smartphone. Musashi’s specialty was fighting with two swords.  Musashi was a […]

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Miyamoto Musashi is the greatest swordsman to ever live; undefeated in 61 one-one-one duels.

Musashi’s total kill-count is much higher – he fought in clan wars too. 

Musashi killed his first man when he was 13. About the same time most modern-children receive their first smartphone.

Musashi’s specialty was fighting with two swords. 

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Musashi was a Ronin. A Ronin is a samurai without a master. Many believe a Ronin is an honorable figure. Businesses and writers who don’t understand Japanese history make this mistake. Calling your business “Spartan”, like a child attaching a cape to his back, jumping off the living room couch pretending to be Superman.

There are no more ronins. There are no more Spartans.

An obstacle race is as Spartan as a obese person posing on a magazine is brave. Spartans are killers. Obstacle-race-runners are accountants. Understand the difference.

The Ronin weren’t celebrated. Ronin were shamed warriors whose master’s banished them, or, their master died and the Samurai, now Ronin, refused to follow their master into the afterlife.

Musashi was a wandering Ronin.

Musashi traveled throughout Japan dueling opponents. This was his life, well, the majority of it. Musashi’s life contained vast amounts of suffering, combat, and struggle. Beyond dueling, Musashi fought in wars between rivaling Samurai clans. It’s curious why Musashi fought in these wars – his nature is independent. He may not have had a say in the matter.

The Dokkodo

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During Musashi’s final days he created the Dokkodo, or, The Path of Aloneness. The Dokkodo includes 21 precepts (rules) for life.

Musashi wrote the Dokkodu one week before his death.

Other Translations of the Dokkodo include:

  • The way to go forth alone
  • The way of walking alone

Musashi died in his 50’s or 60’s. The Dokkodo was his final work. 

Even though technology changed the world Musashi lived in his rules still apply. The world changes but people don’t. Read the rules below and consider them carefully. An analysis of each rule will help you understand how Musashi’s philosophy for walking alone applies to your path.

Each rule will have an article expanding its modern-day relevance.

Use this article as a bookmark. All rules will link to their article as the articles are published.

Musashi’s 21 Rules for Life

  1. Accept everything just the way it is.
  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
  3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
  4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
  5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
  6. Do not regret what you have done.
  7. Never be jealous.
  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
  9. resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.
  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
  11. In all things have no preferences.
  12. Be indifferent to where you live.
  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
  14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
  15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
  16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
  17. Do not fear death.
  18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
  19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
  20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.
  21. Never stray from the way.

 

 

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10 Best Jordan Peterson Interviews You Don’t Want to Miss https://andreian.com/best-jordan-peterson-interviews/ https://andreian.com/best-jordan-peterson-interviews/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:00:05 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3072   Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist from Canada. Peterson became a magnet for media attention recently, because he opposes certain fundamentals of social justice. Peterson refused to follow Canada’s C-16 bill, which established law regarding gender identity and preference. Peterson declared he would not follow the law, because he believed C-16 was against Free Speech. […]

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Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist from Canada. Peterson became a magnet for media attention recently, because he opposes certain fundamentals of social justice.

Peterson refused to follow Canada’s C-16 bill, which established law regarding gender identity and preference. Peterson declared he would not follow the law, because he believed C-16 was against Free Speech.

Free Speech in Canada

Free Speech isn’t absolute in Canada. The Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms does not protect hate speech or obscene content like pornography.

Canada criminalizes using the wrong gender pronoun

Hate speech isn’t defined; the phrase is grey. Hate Speech has different meanings for different people. A soft, doughy Social Justice Warrior will tell you hate speech is any white man talking.

12 Rules For Life

Peterson published a new book called 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

It’s brilliant.

12 Rules For Life is a manual for the young man living the life he told himself he’d have when he was 16 years old, but, still hasn’t taken the first step to get there and instead looks at porn and plays Xbox all day.

jordan peterson 12 rules for life

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback | Audiobook (free)

Peterson’s popularity has grown tremendously over the past year, popping up in interviews every day like a mole burrowing deep underground only to poke his head out in your yard 17 times a month.

Below are Jordan Peterson’s best interviews to date.

Best is defined in this use as most influential or, most notable. Notable in this use meaning most notes taken or greatest self-improvement potential.

What’s your favorite Jordan Peterson interview? 

Comment Below.

The 10 Best Jordan Peterson Interviews

Best Jordan Peterson Interview

No.1 | Channel 4 News

The channel 4 interview is Jordan’s most popular with over 6 million views. The interview is comical and spurned a new meme: So what you’re saying is….

Cathy Newman, the host, visibly faltered over many points Peterson made throughout the interview. At one point, Newman forgot her lines and accidentally dropped her aggressive masquerade after Peterson challenged her demeanor.

So what you’re saying is… watch this video first?

No.2 | Joe Rogan Experience #1070

 

No.3 | The Ruben Report

get your pencil ready–You’ll want to take notes for this interview.

No.4 | H3 Podcast #48

No.5 | Waking Up Podcast #67

No. 6 | Jocko Podcast 98 – Jordan Peterson Interview

Jocko Willink is a former Navy Seal Commander who now runs a consulting practice, Echelon Front. Jocko is the author of many books too and a prolific podcast host.

Jocko Willink Books

No. 7 | The Rubin Report Debate with Ben Shapiro & Jordan Peterson

No. 8 | Joe Rogan Experience #1006 Bret Weinstein & Jordan Peterson

Joe Rogan interviewing with Jordan Peterson & Brett Weinstein. Weinstein is best known for refusing to participate in Evergreen State College’s day of absence; the college demanded all Caucasians stay home from school for… a purpose. Weinstein refused.

Weinstein since resigned from Evergreen State, who later, paid him 500,000 dollars in settlement money for the affair.

no.9 | Adam Corolla & Jordan Peterson

No. 10 | H3 Podcast #37

Bonus Videos

bonus jordan peterson interviews

No. 11 | Jordan Peterson’s Ted Talk

Jordan Peterson’s Ted Talk. Have a pen and paper ready.

No. 12 | Jordan Peterson’s Best Moments

The best moments of Destruction from the gold-plated heart of Jordan Peterson.


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What’s your opinion on Jordan Peterson after watching an interview?

You can learn more about Peterson on his website here.  Or here.

Wikipedia isn’t bad either.

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Lifehack for Men | Stop looking at Photos of Girls you Don’t Know https://andreian.com/life-hack-girls-you-dont-know/ https://andreian.com/life-hack-girls-you-dont-know/#comments Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:05:35 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=3064 It’s 11 pm. You’re not going out. You may leave your room. But, not the house. The farthest you’ll travel tonight is the distance from the fridge, to the bathroom, back to the fridge, ending on the couch. Your phone never leaves your side. Not a sidekick. A sidekick makes your life better. Your phone […]

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It’s 11 pm.

You’re not going out. You may leave your room. But, not the house.

The farthest you’ll travel tonight is the distance from the fridge, to the bathroom, back to the fridge, ending on the couch.

Your phone never leaves your side. Not a sidekick. A sidekick makes your life better.

Your phone is a helicopter parent.

Did you forget to check if you’re Instagram photo has any more likes? You’re at four hearts darling, don’t you want love?

Notifications are clouds.

They’re always above you, floating overhead like an executioner waiting to pass sentence while you gaze from the guillotine.

Notifications are black and white. Sometimes, the cloud unleashes a torrential storm washing away your confidence along with your home, when your girlfriend of three years changes her status to single.

Notifications are good too.

notifications

But, even good notifications suck.

Feeling good isn’t the goal. Avoiding pain isn’t either.

Your goal cannot be feeling good.

Most of what you do to get what you want, is difficult, like untangling the knots of your favorite earbuds you sent through the washer & Dryer.

We want tranquility.

To be, as Shakespeare said.

Not to be, doesn’t exist.

You’re here. In this moment right now. Not on the news, not wherever the mass shooting is, but sitting underneath a tree in a wide open meadow. You’re safe here.

The news doesn’t want you to think you’re safe.

The media needs you to need them.

So, everything is a war.

  • The war on carbs.
  • The war on bullying.
  • The war of black Friday.

Notifications pull us out of tranquility. Notifications are like emotions.

They pop up, and disappear, but, there are too many notifications, and no one lets go of their emotions.

Your phone is a distraction.

Worse, your phone makes you lonely.

Lifehack: Stop looking at women you don’t know

girl you do not know

instagram girls.

You know the ones.

Standing before a mirror, neck turned, ready to break to get the perfect angle, ass shaped like a moon reaching for the sky it fell from.

Looking at girls you’ll never meet makes you lonely.

Instagram girls aren’t real either.

They’re promoting.

Instagram girls want you to want them.

Their self-esteem wholly depends on depressed men laying in bed, six-pack on the nightstand, who like every new photo in hopes he, out of many thousands, is given a little attention.

What you give energy to. That’s what matters.

If you give your energy to something valuable, learning a new skill, you’re rewarded.

Your habits reinforce your self-image.

It’s easy to be confident when you wake up early, work out, write, brush your teeth, all before the sun comes up.

It’s hard to be confident masturbating every night with the fury of Ghengis Khan.

It’s hard to be satisfied when play comes before responsibility.

It’s hard to be happy following inspirational Instagram pages of people doing everything you want while you smoke weed and play Xbox alone.

Stop following women you’ll never meet.

Be in the moment. Own your tranquility. Exist in your world. The internet is a tool, not a community.

The internet is a lie.

Your world is the reality.

The internet is makeup for an ugly population.

The world shows your blemishes. #nofilters.

Feed your positive habits. Remember, self-fulfillment through accomplishment.

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