When yours unruly was just a teenager, i became enamored with martial arts.
Specifically jujutsu and other variations.
It’s a Japanese martial art which means “soft” (Ju) “art” (jutsu).
With most fighting systems, you meet force with force. He punches, you block…then counterpunch (or kick).
It takes a lot of energy to absorb all those punches and kicks which is why good martial artists try to end a fight quickly.
It takes unusually good conditioning to trade blows for more than a few minutes.
And even if you CAN survive, all that blocking and deflecting can leave you beat up and bruised.
As you get older, it gets harder and harder to take that kind of punishment. Ever seen an 80 yr old UFC champion?
But jujutsu is radically different. Almost in a different universe.
Instead of meeting force with force, you are taught to “blend” with your attacker.
Use his own force against him. Take it away from him and beat him at his own game. The bigger, stronger, faster he is… the bigger, stronger, faster you become.
You let your opponent wear himself out while you throw, lock joints, and take him down using his own power and strength.
Is it a little more difficult to learn in the beginning? Oh yes.
But, once you get the hang of it, it’s very difficult to beat because it’s almost like your opponent is fighting himself.
Your body becomes a “mirror,” reflecting his weaknesses back onto himself.
And, the more you practice, the better you become at it.
You can also last a LOT longer in a fight this way because you expend very little energy while your opponent expends all of his trying to fight you.
Why do I mention all this?
Because it’s kinda like the world of finance.
There are basically two ways to “battle” any financial situation:
Meet force with force or…
Blend with your “opponent.”
What do I mean?
Well, most people struggle between saving money for their future and enjoying their life now.
They save ip a little…something happens…and their savings is wiped out.
They fight interest rates because they either put their money in savings to earn interest…and then lose out on opportunities they see now… or they yank it out of the markets (or their bank account) to pay for things…which causes them to lose interest on their savings…savings they need for the future.
After 40 years of this, it’s quite exhausting. No wonder so many people “give up.” They believe the stock market is a scam. Or, they see life as a zero-sum game. They expend a LOT of energy and end up getting nowhere.
This is why Yale economist Robert Shiller says most Americans save, invest, and struggle for 40 years only to make a net 0% rate of return on their savings.
They fight and fight and fight the financial markets…fees, interest rates, and (to a large extent) themselves…and end up going nowhere.
…and then there are those who have learned the art of financial jujutsu.
They gain control over their opponent’s money while their own money continues to grow. They master the idea of insured savings so they’re never at risk of losing anything or owing anyone any money…ever.
They take on huge debts, gladly pay interest because…that interest comes back to them as future savings.
Every financial “punch” that comes at them is turned back around…
They’re using their opponent’s force against them.
They get the things they want now in life…AND they get a future savings.
No sacrifices. No compromises.
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