Ganbatte! The Japanese art of always moving forward

Albert Liebermann, 1968-

Book - 2021

"Ganbatte (gan-ba-tay) is a Japanese philosophy focused on doing the best you can with what you have. Though there is no direct translation, "keep going," and "give it your all," embody the sentiments behind the word. Just as wabi sabi shows the beauty of imperfection in life, ganbatte teaches you how to get past obstacles and be motivated to keep moving forward. In Ganbatte! author Albert Liebermann provides an inspirational, yet practical guide to becoming more resilie...nt the Japanese way. In 50 short chapters, some deeper and some more playful, Liebermann guides you through ways you can adopt the ganbatte approach to achieve a happier, more fulfilling life -- and a happier, more fulfilled self." --

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Subjects
Genres
Self-help publications
Published
Tokyo : Tuttle Publishing [2021]
Language
English
Spanish
Item Description
Translation of: Ganbatte.
Original Spanish language edition, published in 2021 by Ediciones Obelisco, attributes authorship to Nobuo Suzuki.
Physical Description
159 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN
9784805316542
4805316543
Main Author
Albert Liebermann, 1968- (author)
Other Authors
Héctor García, 1981- (writer of foreword), Russell Calvert (translator)
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Ganbatte!
  • The great wave off Kanagawa : the art of carrying on
  • Three years sitting on a rock
  • A rolling stone gathers no moss
  • The difficult and the impossible
  • Sha... kan... kan, the value of patience
  • Losing is winning
  • The longest journeys begin with a first step
  • The archer and the moon
  • The ten ganbatte rules for entrepreneurs
  • Jiro's dream : the perfection of the Shokunin
  • To beat the crisis
  • Kibō hope
  • The man who planted trees
  • Tama the cat
  • Ganbatte and wabi sabi
  • Yayoi Kusama
  • The Maneki Neko's twin laws
  • The most important muscle
  • The ten ganbatte rules for writers
  • Shuhari : the mastery of the takumis
  • The world's longest-lasting companies
  • The kaizen method
  • Meditation : passing clouds
  • Buddha under the tree
  • Katana : aim for beauty
  • The philosophy of karate
  • Tennis : the court of mental toughness
  • If you don't feel like exercising... ganbatte!
  • The ten ganbatte rules for fitness
  • Miyamoto Musashi : transform your mind into water
  • Stoicism and ganbatte
  • Your enemy is your best friend
  • What cannot be seen, but can be felt
  • The stake and the sprinter
  • Team Hoyt
  • Mentality of the marathon runner
  • Get rid of the second arrow
  • The long path to love
  • The ten ganbatte rules for lasting love
  • Akira Kurosawa : whatever it takes to attain perfection
  • The summit of Mount Fuji
  • Reinventing the wheel
  • In Marco Polo's footsteps
  • The pilgrims' route
  • Joseph Merrick : the heroism of being human
  • KŌAN
  • Life as a work of art
  • The journey to wisdom
  • The ten ganbatte rules
  • Epilogue.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this enjoyable debut, philosopher Liebermann explores the Japanese principle of ganbatte (translated as "do your best and don't give up"). The 50 mini chapters, each no longer than a few pages, are titled after many familiar concepts, such as "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" and "Reinventing the Wheel," while others present a story of overcoming obstacles or a singular take on uncommon issues. Liebermann, for instance, provides "Ten Ganbatte Rules for Fitness" for those who struggle to exercise—including "don't compare yourself to others, do something you enjoy, and enter a state of flow." The chapter "Tama the Cat," meanwhile, considers thinking outside the box via the story of a real cat that became stationmaster for a low-traffic railway line, increasing tourism and keeping the line from being closed. "Mentality of a Marathon Runner" explains how switching back-and-forth from associative to dissociative thinking can help one "reach the finish line" of any task. Between the chapters are photos of cultural touchstones ( among them an image from the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology) and examples famous Japanese art, including 1887's Bodhidarma by Yoshitoshi. Readers who enjoyed Hector Garcia's Ikigai for its focus on finding meaning in everyday life will appreciate this comforting take on how to address life's inevitable failures. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Provides a practical guide to becoming more resilient the Japanese way.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ganbatte (gan-ba-tay) is a Japanese philosophy focused on doing the best you can with what you have. Though there is no direct translation, "Keep Going," and "Give it your all," embody the sentiments behind the word. Just as wabi sabi shows the beauty of imperfection in life, ganbatte teaches you how to get past obstacles and be motivated to keep moving forward.In Ganbatte! author Albert Liebermann provides an inspirational, yet practical guide to becoming more resilient the Japanese way. In 50 short chapters, some deeper and some more playful, Liebermann guides you through ways you can adopt the ganbatte approach to achieve a happier, more fulfilling life--and a happier, more fulfilled self. These include:Separating "difficult" from "impossible"Making use of failureCultivating patienceWorking mindfully with a sense of awarenessContinually improvingPracticing meditationPushing through a crisisTaking the slow routeSprinkled throughout the book are "Ganbatte Rules"--short, actionable steps you can take to move forward in a part of your life where you may be stuck (whether it's fitness, love or starting a business). A foreword by Hector Garcia, author of the bestselling Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, introduces the concept of ganbatte and how he learned of its existence from one of Japan's centenarians. While many aspects of life are beyond our control, how we deal with setbacks and difficulties is as much of a choice as how we approach everyday tasks. This book helps you tap into your own ability to persevere and encourages you to stay motivated and hopeful in difficult times. If you apply the tenacity and resilience of the Japanese in your daily life, difficult becomes easy, and impossible becomes possible.