一期一会 One Meeting One Chance – Ichi Go Ichi E

One Time One Meeting - Make the Most of each opportunity

One Meeting One Chance – In other words make the very most of each meeting. We don’t know if there will ever be another opportunity.

Takuan Soho, the great Japanese Buddhist Master, put this another way, “Live Each Day like your hair is on fire.” Live each day with the urgency and importance that it might be your last day on earth.

This is an important and critical way to think and do.  It works equally  in Martial Arts, in Business, and in our lives.

Martial Arts: Every repetition of your kick, punch, form, or sparring match should be treated with equal intensity and striving to be the best. Sometimes an opponent gives you only one opening. You must be trained to take immediate advantage of that flash of time when the opening occurs.

Business and sales: One meeting, one chance. Each meeting, each sales lead should be approached with the intent to be successful and close it with minimal effort. Prepare with exhaustive detail. Identify, research, and understand your customer. And then select your opportunity to gain success quickly.

Life: One meeting, one chance. Value your friends, family, and loved ones fully each day. Treat each day is this is the last day you might communicate with them. Tell them you appreciate them. Seek new friends and new organizations to help people as if you will never have another chance.

I try this myself. Every day I try to live my life as if my hair is on fire. In martial arts, in business, and in personal life.

Friends and family out there, yes I very much appreciate you. I hope I have more opportunities every day to show it.

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About hanshogan

I wander the world in Asia, America, and elsewhere as an engineer in advanced materials and clean energy. For hobby I study martial arts like karate, Chinese kungfu, and other disciplines. I write these blogs to share my experiences with friends and family.
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