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In martial arts, there are basically five limbs (appendages) attached to your body. Your arms, legs, and head. I can use any of these limbs individually or in combination to throw you around like a rag doll, and you can use any of these limbs to retaliate. In a fight, these limbs will be the determining factor in victory or defeat. They are our the essential physical assets and in primitive times they were the only assets we had, the only resources we needed.
These five extensions symbolize assets and resources...
Especially our time.
We're used to things coming in fives
The Yin and Yang philosophy is based around the large Yin (1), the large Yang (2), and within them a smaller Yin (3), a smaller Yang (4), and at the center where it's all balanced out is Earth (5). The body would be the universe.
It's a very familiar and natural idea. There are typically five belts in martial arts (white, blue, purple, brown, black). More belts have been added over the years to motivate students to continue. A martial arts clan needs at least five members. There are also typically five members in a boy band (this is what makes them so hard to defeat!).
In story structure, the three act structure can really be broken down into five acts: beginning, complications, climax, consequences, and end.
Luniz, a rap group from the 90s even had a song called "I Got 5 On it." There's even five defenses to a punch!
The blueprint has already been mapped out; five is important. I break down my life into propositions of five and so should you.
My Rule of 5
I've been doing this for years, but found validation when billionaire Li Ka-Shing offered similar advice.
Li Ka-Shing's rules for allocating money:
- Living expenses
- Increasing interpersonal circle
- Exploring the world
My own personal rules with time:
- Family and friends
- Physical practice
- Broadening circle of influence
My personal rules about people I associate with:
- Teachers, mentors, and masters
- People I can help
- People to broaden network and meeting new people
- People who offer me no value except they make me laugh
My 5 Year Rule
Power is temporary - Whether you were the tough guy in school, the prom queen, the best Donkey Kong player; it only lasts you so long. My rule is to create a new source of power every five years. Time runs out and so does value. Whether you learn a new language, a new skill, learn to program, gain a new attribute, new skill set; somehow up your value. Otherwise, newer/younger people will surpass you because they'll enter with skills you don't have and they're willing to work harder, for less money. Don't let ego keep you holding onto a temporary source of power.
There is value inflation - A black belt can give you five years of power, then what? A college degree gets you five years, a masters degree another five, a certification five more, and so on. You can't stay stagnant, as your value will keep diminishing unless you do something. Being comfortable and staying where you are doesn't exist in the real world. You'll constantly lose value. Abandon the idea that you've paid all your dues, because you haven't. You'll never be done. Stay hungry. Remain a learner.
Not everyone will understand the 5 Year Rule - And when they fall off, be ready to take their place.
These are just examples. Feel free to change the parts, the pieces, or simplify it. Commit to the essential and you begin to position yourself for accelerated growth. If you have a better plan, go for it. If you have no plan, use this as the framework and modify it until it suits your purposes.
I only have one life and I literally have five on it.
Source: Must Triumph
Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.