- Thinking Aloud: Shogi is Essentially a Language
- Where to Get Japanese Audiobooks (Including HABU Yoshiharu’s)
- The Habu Yoshi Books
- What Shogi [Japanese Chess] Can Teach You About Languages, Learning and Life
- Why Everything Is Everything: Jeff Hawkins On Intelligence (With Apologies to Lauryn Hill)
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 1: The Ludic Fallacy
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 4: Don’t Overthink It
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 3: From Mutually Assured Destruction to Self-Assured Victory
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 2: Never Perfection, Always Improvement
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 5: Why You’re Wrong to Have Intermediate Angst
OK, so, just so we’re on the same page, this is the book we’re talking about: [大局観 自分と闘って負けない心 (角川oneテーマ21) | 羽生 善治 |本 | 通販 | Amazon], and the unofficial English title we’re giving it is The Big Picture: How to Face Yourself and Win.
Go back up through the series if you need a refresher on what we’re even talking about. Cool? Cool.
Right. Brass tacks time!
- Whether in shogi, sports, or business, I think that making mistakes is a normal part of any game. Of course, nobody deliberately intends to make mistakes, but perfect performance is virtually impossible…It virtually never happens that I can think “I played a 100% perfect game of shogi today and made zero mistakes”, except for maybe once every couple of years, if that.
It’s one thing for your mate, Todd, the pothead with a hoarding problem and illegitimate children he never sees (lol) to tell you to chill and that “making mistakes is…normal”; it’s another thing altogether for the greatest shogi player of all time to say it. 1 You’d think that a 9×9 board would be small enough of a world that you could reliably experience some perfection, but it isn’t and you don’t — not even if you’re the GOAT. Not even if you’re the Japanese GOAT of a Japanese game. No perfection soup for you!
You cannot dependably produce perfection, but you can dependably produce improvement. And I only keep telling you this because I need to hear it myself; it’s a lesson I keep “teaching” because it’s a lesson I need to keep learning. If perfectionism is a disease, then…you know, I mean, first of all, ewww gross (lol). Secondly, it needs to be handled with ruthless efficiency — failing to prevent it or leaving it untreated is even grosser than having it, just like failing to clean dirty toilets is even grosser than having them dirty. 2
Aaaand, that’s all for now. I was gonna go longer, but I figure it’s better to keep these parts short and frequent, rather than force you to wait indeterminate amounts of time for one big, long, dump 3.
Take care and bye for now!