Today anybody can be an expert.
Buy a $60 certificate, hang it on your LinkedIn page, and voila, you are the master of something™.
Bleeding for expertise
During the era of Japanese shogunates it was a bit more difficult to become a master, let alone, the grandmaster.
It took years of training and surviving in the battlefield.
Once the student was believed to be ready for ascension he would submit his notes – densho – to the grandmaster.
His notes would include descriptions of patterns, their meaning, reflection on them, additional commentary on use and adaptation to various circumstances...
If it was deemed worthy, the student would be given mastership.
Sharing with you
This whole blog is the public side of my personal densho, where I openly share what I've learned and what has and hasn't worked for me.
The learning never stops, hence, densho should never stop evolving.
Transmission is always difficult, especially since personal notes usually aren't structured or woven together to form a meaningful whole or usable curriculum.
That's why I decided to make a special page, available only to the subscribers, entitled The Archive which offers some entry points into my public densho:
Let me know what you think or if you feel that something is missing.
By the way, now is a good time to start your own densho.
Speaking with your past self is an incredible experience.
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