My notes from an interview with Zoro – see: goo.gl/je62hp
By Elysa Morrison
Knowledge is key to our personal and collective progression. However, the knowledge of mankind can be either a gift or a tool for great accomplishment and progress or it can be a curse and a weakness, restricting our ability to learn or progress at all. Knowledge is much like money – we seek it, and work for it, and sacrifice for it. We even think it holds the key to happiness and all that we want out of life. When we have a lot of it, we tend to tell ourselves we have something others don’t, or we are more then others because we have more then they do. We may imagine there is no possible way they could know what we do. It is like a double-edged sword that can lift us to greatness or cut us to the ground.
How can knowledge be both the keys to a happy abundant life or end up being the keys that lock us up and confine and restrict our ultimate progression?
Sometimes to grow and learn, and so you must first be able to sit down and listen! Humility holds the keys to the door of our learning. We also need to understand the door can be heavy to open, that it takes hard work. Many times we have the humility to reach for the door but we are not willing to do the hard work it takes to push it open and step through it.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed up in overalls and looks a lot like work” -Thomas Edison
Humility controls the keys of knowledge and where it can take each of us. You must be humble to be teachable and each pebble of knowledge you pick up must be put into your sack of humility to be truly an asset to you. The humble sack full of all our pebbles of knowledge work together to impart on us wisdom.
Sometimes we get the door open but don’t ever get through it to fill our bags with the pebbles of great knowledge because we are too busy picking up the little grains of sand that are in our way. These are usually the little useless day to day patterns we fall into that are not bad but can keep us from progressing to that greatness that we all have inside us. Everyone carries around in them a diamonds worth of potential. But these grains of sand can sometimes fill our bags and weigh us down and cause our growth in wisdom to become stagnant. While much of the daily grind is necessary we can’t let it weigh us down. We have to make sure our efforts are put into the right work. While there are many attributes to accomplishing this learning, to maximize our time is an important principle.
You, me, the richest guy in the world and the poorest person in the world are all equal in one sense… We are all given exactly 24 hours each day! How good of a steward are you in your 24 hours?
Is every minute of your day being invested in you, your talents and your dreams? Or is it being wasted and side tracked and buried under the daily surface grind? Are your daily efforts being wasted? Are you working towards becoming something? Are you putting all of your time into something that you’re not gifted at and letting your true gifts die/ be squandered?
“Most of us want to be raised for the one talent we don’t poses rather then the 15 that we do,”
Learning is work and work is our investment in knowledge and knowledge is growth and growth in wisdom is freedom and freedom is happiness. So how do we know what is best to put our hard work into? Zoro tells us, “There is a difference between a dream and a delusion.
Delusions are wishful thinking, impractical, and unrealistic.
Dreams are structured and have substance, a plan, steps in a path towards being fulfilled.
Do you ‘Dream’ or ‘Delude’ yourself? How can you tell?
Now we are back to humility. Listening to the truth-tellers in our lives is usually not pleasant but can be a tool and a stepping ladder for getting us where we want to be. Constructive criticism does help us refine ourselves. It also keeps us from lying to ourselves and diluting ourselves. But being able to decipher who in our lives are the truth-tellers and who are just holding us back from reaching our full talents potential all together.
So now you have the humility to listen and learn and the wisdom to be humble. And you have decided to do the hard work that it takes to perfect your talents and gifts and desires. Now what is it all for?
We all have a burning desire to matter!
Everyone carries around a diamonds worth of potential inside them. Fulfilling ones potential is not about you exclusively. It’s about that gift/ talent being seen by and shared with those around you.
“I have traveled with the wealthiest people in the world, literally and determined that there are two ways you can choose to live your life. You either live a life of self or a life of service.
Living a life of self equals: eventual ultimate dissatisfaction, self-destruction, end possibly self-implosion.
Living a life of service equals: happiness, it inspires greatness within us as well as others and eventual fulfillment,
“No one has ever become poor by giving”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“We only have what we give.”
― Isabel Allende
How does this apply to us here at Nikken, Well you could say we have been given some great knowledge and we are motivated to share it with others by many different incentives. The main one could be money. But let us not forget to always remember that humility cannot only open the door to giving us more knowledge but many times to sharing it with others as well. Through others we learn some of life’s greatest nuggets and being humble enough to glean from the wisdom of others is the greatest library this world has to offer us. Always let compassion and generosity and love for others be the underlying motivation to sharing this great healing knowledge we have with others. Money and popularity and all the comforts of life can be righteous goals and really wonderful things to obtain to enrich the lives of our families and us. But it can never stand alone in bringing us the full measure of happiness this life has to offer us. So be careful using the many labels that are necessary at many times in life to help us define ourselves and others and can help us work to reach our goals such as, prospects, consultants, customer’s, even gold, silver, etc. Remember we are all people trying to do better and trying to help other to do better as well.
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
― Abraham Lincoln