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 the lady of the rings 
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that physical strength rules the day. Women don’t make
war, men do. Yet a man will always run to a woman’s
breast for comfort.
When I began my business I was alone and
without encouragement. Yet I had the personal
courage and resolve to go forward with my desire. I
knew nothing about cooking or business but didn’t
let that stop me. Without any particular talent I
determined that I would keep at it until I succeeded.
I would learn what I had to learn and eat the debris
of my mistakes until I became master of my own
destiny. I soon learned that some form of higher
intelligence in the universe would always see to my
well being if I demanded that it do so. And guess
what? It did and it still does. In all accomplishments
the true believer in herself understands the only real
measure of ability is in being able to overcome the
self-imposed odds.
It was essential that I learn the rules of strategy.
Though this Musashi fellow was a man, I am sure that
his own enlightenment far exceeded individuality in
women or men and that he thought universally. Being
female or male had nothing to do with his development
and therefore I could think on his level as well. If what
he taught was not universal, than by restriction of the
intellect it would be false. He wrote this book after
he had retired from his life as a swordsman. What is
relevant is that he lived to tell the story and that is why
I believe it to be valid for anyone who can see through
their own prejudices.