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The virtue of Senna and his connection to Kodawari

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

There is not a single person in sport who does not know the name Ayrton Senna. The legendary young guy with an incredible talent, who relentlessly strived for perfection.

The ones who knew him described him as not only a talented car racer but also a dazzling intellect with a magnetic appeal, who put his soul everything he did.

There is a word in the ancient Japanese Warrior Code, 'Kodawari'. The word which means a 'sincere unwavering focus on what you are doing, with a goal of making it perfect, while simultaneously knowing that perfection is impossible and that the work itself is most crucial."

It is a certain type of dedication to the craft which forms you from inside and also a code of discipline and courage, which drives you to step over your boundaries.

Senna himself described it saying 'For me this research is fascinating. Every time I push, I find something more, again and again. But there is a contradiction. The same moment that you become the fastest, you are enormously fragile. Because in a split-second, it can be done. All of it. These two extremes contribute to knowing yourself, deeper and deeper.'

The biggest mastery in life to stay in that in-between stage, between genius and crazy, to stretching out without tearing it, and hold on to it, to that tiny invisible, magical path as long as you can. Senna spent his life on that path stretching till he broke into the infinite possibilities.

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