Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai

Brent Donnelly is president of Spectra Markets and is a veteran FX trader and market maker. His late

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  1. Great stuff from Brent , I have been working quite a bit on my golf game this summer and it is the way for the golfer as well.

    I read:

    not long ago— very similar axioms – truth is truth :).

  2. Thanks Brent,

    My favorite, as I’ve experienced both sides of this:

    “People have changed in the past 30 years. When young samurai congregate, they engage in vapid talk of money, about profit and loss, their household fiscal problems, taste in fashion, and idle talk of sex. I hear that they see no reason to assemble other than to indulge in such topics of conversation. Warrior customs are deteriorating beyond repair. In the old days, samurai, even in their twenties and thirties, did not harbor such contemptible thoughts and never talked about such things. Even if an older man let slip and objectionable comment, he was quick to lament his mistake.”


  3. Brent - this is awesome.

    I’ve kept this, some Musashi, and a few others handy ever since I started in finance for a good reason too.

    and - talk about some ET sentiments:

    There is nothing so profound as the last part of a certain poem that asks, “How will you reply when your own heart asks questions?” This sentiment could even rival Buddhist sutra, and many know of it. Recently, erudite people put on pretenses and feign wisdom—an act that makes them lower than ordinary men. At least ordinary men are forthright. If one asks this very question, there will be nowhere to hide from the truth. It is a penetrating “judge” of one’s mind. Thus, it is prudent to avoid shameful behavior in anticipation of an introspective judgment of guilt.

  4. Thanks Brent for a great Sunday afternoon read. I find a remarkable parallel with the Hagakure’s take on the way to wisdom and the the message on attaining wisdom expressed in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible. Humility and listening rather than speaking loudly are common attributes of each “way”. That the power of words can be either positive or negative in impact with far reaching implications sounds a lot like a narrative to me.

  5. This is so apt to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well - I think many of us have our thing that relates to this - which makes it all the more powerful

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