Greatness Through Imperfection

Through our weaknesses we find our strength and through our flaws we find our grace.

We are not worthy of all that we are capable and yet we are worthy of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. We are all flawed, broken, and weak in some way. Yet, in spite of this, or perhaps because of this, we are also perfect vessels for a unique kind of greatness that no one else can achieve besides us.

It is that which makes us imperfect that makes us unique. Our imperfections give us our perspective and our character. Viewed in this way, our flaws, idiosyncrasies, and weaknesses have the potential to become our strength, the platform off of which we reach for greatness.

In order to achieve all that we are capable of, we must start with knowledge of self. This means knowing our flaws, knowing that we are imperfect and that we do not inherently deserve greatness. We can, however, earn it.

When presented with the opportunity to do something great, to become someone great, we prove our worth through our deeds. With knowledge of our own weaknesses, comes humility and graciousness. With humility and graciousness comes an unshakable confidence that allows us to earn and accept our greatness by behaving greatly.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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