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7 Japanese Concepts that will transform your life

I saw this over on LinkedIn, and unlike the normally re-shared chaff one sees there, I thought this was actually quite cool. So, re-typing here for future reference. I take no credit for any of the below (or the click-baity title!).


  • Discover your purpose in life.
  • Determine the reason you wake up each morning.
  • Choose something that aligns with your strengths, passions, and the needs of the world.
  • This is what gives life meaning.

Shikita ga nai

  • Let go of what you cannot change.
  • Recognize that there are some things that are just out of our control, and that's okay.
  • Let go and focus on what you can change.


  • Find peace in imperfection.
  • Recognize that nothing in life is perfect, including yourself and others.
  • Instead of striving for flawlessness, find joy in the imperfections that make life unique.


  • Preserve your dignity during tough times.
  • Show emotional maturity and self-control, even when faced with challenges.
  • Remember to be patient, resilient, and understanding.


  • Don't compare yourself to others.
  • Everyone has a different timeline and unique path.
  • It's important to focus on your own progress rather than trying to measure yourself against others.


  • Always seek to improve in all areas of your life.
  • Even small changes can add up and make a big impact over time.


  • "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready the teacher will disappear." - Tao Te Ching
  • It is a way of thinking about how to learn and master a technique. There are three stages to acquiring knowledge:
    • Shu: Learn the basics by following the teaching of one master. Imitating the work of great masters also falls in this stage.
    • Ha: Start experimenting, learn from masters, and integrate the learning into practice.
    • Ri: This stage focuses on innovation and the ability to apply your learning to a variety of situations.