All I Really Need to Know I Learned on the Mat

All I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and that to do and how to be I learned on
the mat. “Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the
sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned”:

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

You can learn something from EVERYBODY

Hard work pays off in everything you do

Facing adversity makes you a better, stronger person

Warm cookies and cold milk are NOT good for you.

Take a nap every afternoon.

Practice good hygiene, your body, and everyone else around you will thank you for it.

You are not perfect. You have a breaking point. Accept it, so that you may learn to
work through it.

Nobody is unbeatable.

Respecting your fellow man is pivotal in any life setting.

Sometimes we must follow if we ever hope to lead

Self control, intensity, integrity, intelligence, and leadership will get you
everywhere.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply
it to sophisticated real world settings and I firmly believe that they will hold up. I
have always felt that there is something to be said about a game in which the intent is
to reach the goal of defeating another person in a fight situation, using 100% of your
abilities in trying to do so. That certain something is indicative of the struggles
that we endured as a species and persevered through in order to be here today. It is
also my opinion that this scenario is much closer to the real, natural world and it’s
settings than the corporate suit and tie world of today could ever could be.
By entering into this setting, we are in a sense reborn, defenseless as babies in the
wild and forced to adapt. The lessons we learn here are real, true to life survival
instincts, some which have become long forgotten here in this age of technology. In
truth, when applied to everyday life, these lessons prove as beneficial as they do in
combat sports.

Telling proof of my opinion is the age old classic novel, “The Book of
Five Rings”. In this book, 17th century samurai warrior of Japan, Musashi Miyato shares the lifetime worth of knowledge he gained in his deadly art. To this day, business leaders worldwide cite his book as lending them the blueprint they need to follow in order to be successful in the business world. Knowledge of this only serves as reassurance to me of what I already know. The lessons I’ve learned in this world; the drive, work ethic, and camaraderie that I continue to gain every time I step on the mat, serve as tools that I can take with me into any avenue of life. These hard learned lessons have taught me more about myself and the world around me than anything else could have, and with them I am well equipped to live a better and more productive life.

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