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The Bushidō Samurai are elite masters in the art of self-defense. They are specially trained in hand-to-hand combat, but never fight unless they must. The Samurai moral code stresses mindfulness, self-control, loyalty and honor unto death. Thus, Samurai dodge confrontation whenever and wherever possible.

These same principals can easily be applied to everyday life. Think like a Bushidō Samurai and avoid unnecessary confrontation. Doing so will decrease your emotional stress and simultaneously increase your productivity.

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  1. Be aware of your surroundings and always maintain a clear mind when you are in unfamiliar territory.
  2. Don’t stick out like a sore thumb, but still carve out your own path.
  3. Evaluate the level of risk in every situation before accepting it.
  4. Take control of your actions. Don’t let others steer for you.
  5. Keep a clear mind. Never abuse mind numbing drugs. Avoid those who do.
  6. Even if someone else provokes you, swiftly escape. Most fights are not worth fighting.
  7. Trust only those who have earned it. Be wary of those who have not.
  8. Don’t meddle in other people’s affairs or attempt to solve their problems unless it’s within the scope of your mission.
  9. Maintain a healthy body. Otherwise physical avoidance may not be an option.
  10. Always stay true to your purpose. Practice intelligent avoidance, escape confrontation whenever possible and defend yourself only when you must.

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