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Becoming a Kaibutsu

You know what is a Kaibutsu? It’s the Japanese term for monster.

Now when I say monster, you might picture a big furry green colored thing that runs around eating people (and you won’t be wrong), but the wikipedia definition of monster defines it as an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong with the natural order, in other words, something out of the ordinary.

Now what does that have to do with us? Simply speaking, we can all become monsters. We can become people with extra ordinary talents, abilities and skills. How? By repetition.

Google defines the Japanese term, nagekomi, as a repetitive throwing practice. But nagekomi is much more than that. It is the act of repeating something so many times that it doesn’t remain a brain or muscle memory but is instead ingrained into your very soul. In other words, pick up an act (such as throwing a baseball or coding) and continue doing it until you’re beyond the point of normal exhaustion, the emotions and feelings you will experience will be almost spiritual.

Sufficient number of such spiritual experiences and soon you will be able to do things other can only dream of. As the saying goes,

Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anybody else might reasonably expect.

So, pick your task and perform your nagekomi. Whether you become a Kaibutsu or not, you will be better off with the experience.

Most of the this article was inspired by this amazing ESPN article. If you have the time, do give it a read. It a study not just of baseball in Japan but also of Japanese culture and passion.


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