What makes a good Katana (Samurai sword)?

While I was watching a bit of TV this weekend during my off time…which I must tell you, is not often, LOL, believe me, I came across a very interesting documentary on the samurai warrior and his sword (Katana), I suddenly had a brain wave, and realised how similar this unique sword was to a business coach.

Some say that the samurai sword is the most perfect weapon ever made. The name samurai means “to serve”, it was uniquely designed, and given only to a selected few, the best warriors.

“A good samurai sword, is not good because of the person who made it, it’s good because of all the mentors and coaches that came before it, the people who spent over 1000 years of perfecting the art of making the sword, passing on all of their expertise to the next generation of sword makers.”

Similar to a sword maker, a business coach has spent years perfecting the art of developing the minds, and businesses, of both entrepreneurs and business leaders. This unique form of training and development comes not only from his/her knowledge and skill, but from the knowledge and skill that was passed down from previous coaches.

Here’s an interesting little fact, today this sword can cost anything from R 500 K to a R 1 M.

The making of the Katana (Samurai sword)

The steal of the sword alone would take a team of 5 people, 3 days, just to forge the steal into one lump of steal, from where it would then be sent on to the master sword forgers.

The masters would spend 3 months bending and shaping the steal, overlapping it, giving it the strength it needed to last the lifetime of the samurai who was destined to use it. Every samurai would get a new sword, which would “serve” with him till the end, and then eventually, when the time came, buried with him.

These sword makers didn’t just wake up one day, and miraculously change into master sword makers, they had to start at the bottom, and learn the ropes first. To become an apprentice and make a magnificent sword like this, one would have to take on the full lifestyle and the “way” of a sword maker, making it one’s personal mission in life, to understand the history, dedicating one’s life to chasing perfection in making the perfect sword, and the only way you could do this was with the help of a mentor.

A mentor would take you (the apprentice), under his wing and teach you everything he knew, and what he had learnt from what was passed down to him from his mentor, and the many before him.

Business coaches don’t just wake up one day, and decide to be a business coach, it’s something that takes extreme dedication, persistence and patience. They don’t just become good at what they do overnight, it takes years.

Look at business coaching, we as business mentors, and coaches, have our own coaches who coach us too, helping us to become better and better at what we do as coaches, ensuring that we transfer our knowledge and skill onto the people who we coach, resulting in successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

So, just like the samurai and his sword, myself and the rest of The Learning Tree team’s coaches, have all dedicated our lives, to give you the best of us, to help both you and your business to develop into your highest potential!

I would really like to be your business coach, and help you to develop yourself as an entrepreneur, as well as help you create and grow a winning business. Click here to get into contact with me.

And lastly, a philosophy I have held close to my heart, is that of my father’s, where he said – “If you train a man he will become what you are, but if you serve him, the sky is the limit as to what he can become. When I learned this, it freed me to serve men who have greater capacity than I have.”

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