The True Spirit of Gambatte…
Gambatte (頑張って) … keep playing …
Many of us have said this to one another. We say this as a form of goodbye or a feeble platitude when someone is going through a hard time and we don’t know what else to say.
With thanks to my friends over at Investment Merit, here is a story of a man who truly embodies the spirit of Gambatte. Charlie Munger was divorced, broke, and burying his nine-year old son.
Charlie Munger kept playing, he persevered.
I was inspired by this story. When I took some time to reflect upon it, the interpretation I held of my situation was significantly different.
There are times in life when we are swept up in the moment. Perhaps when we are working on our Taijutsu skills during class for the purpose of self-defense and there is pain involved, or when we are having a hard time at our day job, or when we think life isn’t working out the way we want it to. Perhaps because of his example, we will learn to say Gambatte and keep going because we choose to.