Manga, Anime, Sushi, And Now Japanese Proverbs! – Strategy With RS

It is often said that the wisdom of a society is succulently captured in its proverb and is passed on down the ages for successive generations to learn and live by.

I take pleasure in sharing an eclectic collection of Japanese proverbs which have touched me deeply. Do take time out to savour them and if possible, live by them.

1. If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it.

2. Having taken the time to think, venture to act. Once you’ve done so, stop thinking.

3. Fast means going slowly without interruption.

4. He who strongly desires to rise up will think of a way to build a ladder.

5. A frog in a well does not know the greatness of the sea.

6. He who drinks does not know the dangers of wine; he who doesn’t drink does not know its benefits.

7. Even if a sword is only required once in a lifetime, it should be worn all the time.

8. Beautiful flowers do not bear good fruit.

9. Grief, like a torn dress, should always be left at home.

10. Always make way for fools and madmen.

11. Do everything that you can and leave the rest to fate.

12. Excessive honesty often borders on stupidity.

13. He who endures for just half an hour longer than his opponent can achieve victory.

14. As soon as stones can swim, leaves will sink.

15. Even monkeys can fall from their trees.

Did you feel good reading these words of wisdom? Did you feel inspired by them?

Have you come across words of wisdom that has moved you? Please do share, we will all gain from it.




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In this series, Rajesh Srivastava, Business Strategist and Visiting Faculty at IIM Indore gives you a regular dose of strategy case studies to help you think and keep you one step ahead as a professional as compared to your peers. Rajesh is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and IIT Kanpur and has over 2 decades of experience in the FMCG industry. All previous Strategy with RS posts can be found here.