A Black-Belt or an MBA?

Age of Artifacts
2 min readDec 30, 2021


A man who I respected, once asked me this question.

A dutiful person, dedicated both to family and work. They had little time to focus attention elsewhere and so they had to choose where they could fit personal goals into their routine.

Should I go for my black-belt or the academic path of becoming a Master of Business Administration? At the time, this was a humble-brag for sure. But it was still a real question. All I could do was point to the middle way and hope that they would find the enlightened path on their own.

That however, is like pointing to the moon and hoping no one looks at my finger.

For the two paths, were one and the same. By doing one they would find the other. And that is where the truth lies {truth lies: Do you see what English does?}

The yin is the yang. The yang is the yin. The black is the white. The white is the black. Where is the middle path at any given time. It is fluid…

And that is why the Master, when embodied by Bruce Lee, once told us all to:

Be like water…

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware that they exist.
Next best is a leader who is loved.
next, one who is feared.
The worst is one who is despised.

If you don't trust the people,
you make them untrustworthy.

The Master doesn't talk, they act.
When their work is done,
the people say, "Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!"

Be like water my friend…