Three Essentials of Leadership by Master Fushan Yuan

Posted on May 21st, 2019

Master Fushan Yuan said: There are three essentials to leadership: humanity, clarity, and courage. Humanely practicing the virtues of the Way promotes the influence of the teaching, pacifies those in both high and low positions, and delights those who pass by. Someone with clarity follows proper behavior and just duty, recognizes what is safe and what is dangerous, examines people to see whether they are wise or foolish, and disti...

The Kingly Man

Posted on May 12th, 2019

My Master said: That which acts on all and meddles in none-is heaven . . . The Kingly Man realizes this, hides it in his heart, Grows boundless, wide-minded, draws all to himself. And so he lets the gold lie hidden in the mountain, Leaves the pearl lying in the deep. Goods and possessions are no gain in his eyes, He stays far from wealth and honor. Long life is no ground for joy, nor early death for sorrow. Success is not for him t...

The Odyssey by Homer — Invocations of the Muse Translations

Posted on April 5th, 2019

The Invocation ritual is a conscious, focused way of calling up images: Pray to harness the energy of the Muses, direct it inwards such to embody it, and then becomes the vehicle for the story. "The odd thing is that once I say the prayer, I feel like the matters I’m about to craft are more serious, and so I am far less tempted to check my e-mail or FB or Tweet or what have you. I’m all about the work." — Unknown These are my favor...

I Have a Rendezvous with Death by Alan Seeger

Posted on January 29th, 2019

I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, When Spring comes back with rustling shade And apple-blossoms fill the air— I have a rendezvous with Death When Spring brings back blue days and fair. It may be he shall take my hand And lead me into his dark land And close my eyes and quench my breath— It may be I shall pass him still. I have a rendezvous with Death On some scarred slope of battered hill, When Spring comes...

If— by Rudyard Kipling

Posted on January 28th, 2019

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; ...

Aristotle's moderation as a framework for effective leadership

Posted on January 15th, 2019

Aristotle observed that eudaimonia is the highest good for human beings; that which distinguishes humans from animals is our "human essence". That is, we are a rational and social animal, so living a good human life means seeking to know and acting rightly — virtuously — with others. So, how does one become virtuous? Meden Agan (μηδὲν ἄγαν) - 'Nothing in excess’ — Inscription at the temple of Apollo at Delphi Aristotle believed ...

Dokkodo

Posted on January 14th, 2019

The Dokkōdō is the only one of the three texts of which we have a copy in Musashi’s own hand. On that faded scroll are Musashi’s last written instructions — it consists of 21 precepts — to his students, and to any who would follow his path later. it constitutes the hard-won wisdom from the rigorous and perhaps sometimes lonely life of the kensei (’sword saint’). Dokkōdō "The Path Walked Alone" Do not ignore the many ways in the w...

The path walked alone

Posted on January 13th, 2019

The Dokkōdō was written by Musashi. Musashi’s Dokkōdō is not the guide for life, but a guide for his life. The timelessness of the Dokkōdō lies both in its simplicity and complexity — a trademark of ancient Eastern texts which contrasts sharply with ancient Western texts. It has become a foundation for expressing that which only a Master could intuit into written word, and perhaps only that which a budding master could interpret. ...

Chuang-tzu's parable of the ox

Posted on January 11th, 2019

Prince Wen Hui’s cook Was cutting up an ox. Out went a hand, Down went a shoulder, He planted a foot, He pressed with a knee, The ox fell apart With a whisper; The bright cleaver murmured Like a gentle wind. Rhythm! Timing! Like a sacred dance, Like "The Mulberry Grove," Like ancient harmonies! "Good work!" the Prince exclaimed. "Your method is faultless!" "Method?" said the cook, Laying aside his cleaver. "What I follow is Tao, Beyo...

Chief Tecumseh's Words of Wisdom

Posted on January 10th, 2019

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salut...

An exercise on assessing character

Posted on January 9th, 2019

(Originally published on November 27, 2017) My friend wrote an article on why you should only take money from investors you can trust. It is a thoughtful post and it got me to reflect on my own experience. I continue to be surprised how nasty some investors get when startups begin struggling, get acquired on unfavorable terms, or fail. I am also surprised when I encounter bad actors: Investors and former employees who kill deals, a...

Bank as a Platform

Posted on January 9th, 2019

(Originally published on October 25, 2017) WePay was recently acquired by JPMorgan Chase. This acquisition immediately impacts Chase’s Merchant Services division but I believe the bigger opportunity is in "Bank as a Platform". Bank as a Platform is a massive opportunity to open revenue channels and catalyze business.WePay’s technology would drive deposits, partner adoption and expansion, and revenues across JPMorgan Chase’s product ...