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The importance of belief

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This is a short story about a Japanese warrior leading a small force into a battle against a much larger opponent. It offers a wonderful lesson and reminder for us.


A Japanese warrior was going into battle with a fierce opponent, commanding only 1/10 of the army of his opponent. His warriors were in doubt. And on the way he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men, “After my visit to the shrine, I’ll toss a coin. If it comes up heads, we’ll win. If it’s tails, we’ll lose. Destiny will be held in my hand.”

So he went and made prayers, and came forth and tossed a coin in front of his men and it came up heads. They were filled and became confident and eager to win the battle.

“No one can change the hand of destiny.” Indeed, not.” And he then showed the coin which was too headed.

You know, there are lots of ways that we trick ourselves both into failure and into success. Focus on the success, not the failures.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS JobCareer Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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