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This article is the sixth 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 regret what you have done.

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Musashi Principle  6. | Do not regret what you have done.

If someone is depressed, they’re living in the past. This person is covered in a thick layer of regret. Or, they live in nostalgia, craving the “good old days”, when responsibilities were few and beers were many. The nostalgic never leave their home town, and hang out with the same people they spun locker combinations with in High school

Everything you did Yesterday Makes you Stronger Today

Your past was suffering. The future is yours to determine. Nearly everyone shares a shameful, or regretful past with you. Depression is regret never addressed.

The spoiled few, driving BMW’s, popping xanax like sunflower seeds at a minor league baseball game, never amount to anything in life – they don’t know how to suffer.

Depressed people never let go of suffering.

They never let go of the past.

The strong suffer. Later, they absorb the lesson, and reflect upon their suffering to become better men. These men never shame themselves. Confident men make mistakes then thank their idols for another chance, tomorrow.

The depressed have negative self-talk conversations. Self-talk is a conversation you have with yourself when no one else is around. Self-talk is the reaction after failure – I’ll do better next time – or – I’m a useless failure.

The depressed regret everything they’ve done. Their negative self-talk reflects this; depressed people never forget their mistakes. Instead of forgiveness, then, working hard to get what they want, the depressed assume they don’t deserve what they want. They’ll usually give up after one try. Or, after the first minor setback on their path.

The depressed can’t tolerate failure

Confident men understand failure is a utility. Failure is the best way to learn. Failure is motivating. Samurai, after defeat, are hungrier than ever. Confident men treat themselves like someone they’re supposed to care about, like a child, or a close friend.

Become your own Best Friend

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Think about how you’ve talked to yourself in the past. “You shouldn’t have let those bullies kick you in the mud. You’re the biggest pussy on earth.”

Remember two summers ago when your boss asked you to work on your honeymoon and you agreed? What the fuck is wrong with you! Stand up for your damn self sometime.”

You wouldn’t call your best friend a failure – what gives you the right to talk to yourself like that?

Forgive Yourself from your Past

People hate themselves but they don’t have to. You won’t be free to transform into your best-self until you’re forgiven; by you. Your past is a sturdy foundation of mistakes; don’t start from the bottom – start from the top of your lessons.

Love yourself. Don’t spoil yourself. Think about yourself as a child again. Children, like adults, learn everything through failing, and trying. If an infant gave up after the first 100 falls learning to walk, no one would be standing today. Most of us barely make it to 20 failures. Children haven’t learned to hate themselves yet.

Forgive yourself.

Musashi Principle  6. | Do not regret what you have done.


This article is the sixth 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.

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