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I just read about the first fourth of George Leonard Sensei's interview. I certainly plan to read the rest, but he said something that I feel is oh so important. He said that in Aikido, we get intrinsic reward, not extrinsic. I think this is paramount because when people receive extrinsic reward or satisfaction (a trophy was the example he used,) the intrinsic rewards tend to fade. This is a psychological phenomenon. I've gotten a few trophies, varsity letters, and so forth, and it felt good to get them, but they are a poor substitute for loving the game, sport, or other activity for its fundamental essence.
I highly, no--higher than highly recommend Leonard's books "Mastery" (he made me realize I'm a dabbler oftentimes) and "The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei." And if you see Leonard Sensei, encourage him to keep writing!
"Expect nothing. Be ready for anything!" --GL
06-24-2005, 11:50 PM
which article are you revering to?
ps I recomend reading the two books to. The way is easy to read becuase of the anecdotes.
Click on "interviews" on the left side of the home page.
11-14-2005, 02:12 AM
Is the article still available anywhere?
11-14-2005, 09:45 AM
11-14-2005, 03:50 PM
I have been a fan of George Leonard during the human potential movement. Long before I studied Aikido. His earlier work is exceptional too. A highly recommended good read.
11-15-2005, 06:30 AM
I enjoyed his "The Way of Aikido" enormously, read it already twice :)
"Mastery" is on the way...
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