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Crabs in a Bucket

You cannot build your reputation by tearing down others.

I heard an expression. Crabs in a bucket will pull down the ones that try to escape.

Some people are the same. Instead of working on improving themselves, they sit at the bottom of the bucket waiting to pull down others. Such people usually train little and talk a lot (behind the back).

Karate researcher Patrick McCarthy uses the expression "standing on the shoulders of giants" to describe how fortunate we are to have had such great pioneers as Kentsu Yabu, Chomo Hanashiro, Choki Motobu, Gichin Funakoshi, and many others. We are lucky to be be able to stand on their broad shoulders.

If you have the chance, give others a boost rather than trying to drag them down.


Charles C. Goodin