Leading Through Impossibility

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 Artwork by Ana, except where otherwise noted If you found…

Remain Open To Cooperation

If our approach to a situation we wish to have influence over is tainted with prejudice and preconceptions, we have already shut ourselves off to the possibility of cooperation. There are certain situations within which we find ourselves wherein it is necessary to impose our will on others. If we enter these situations with a…

Being Wrong is Part of the Process

If more successful people talked about how many times they thought about quitting or were forced to pivot, we’d have more successful people. Not everyone is meant to lead the charge into unfamiliar territory. Most people need to follow someone who has already been to the other side, someone who can tell them how to…

Permission is a Form of Procrastination

“Part of my job is moving forward without permission.” —James Victore If you wait until other people approve of your idea before you act on it, it will already be too late. The best ideas do not have an audience yet because the best ideas are something that no one else has imagined yet. Changing…

Reduce Friction (Instead of Cutting Costs)

“There is a limit to how much you can cut, but no limit to how much you can earn.” —Ramit Sethi Wooden swords (bokken) made by Trevor Higgins for Kogen Dojo, a project that required him to invest money in better equipment in order to streamline his process for greater output without sacrificing quality and…