As I mentioned in the first post of 2016, I have chosen the Japanese word kakan (果敢: かかん): to be bold, determined, and/or resolute) as my motivational theme for this year. So today, on Day Number 235 of our Year Of “Kakans” I want to discuss numbers themselves.
We have been putting the idea of kakans: ‘little daily boldnesses’ to work for us for 235 days. That seems like a lot, but we got here one day at a time. There was a Day One, a Day 53, a Day 198, and so on, and now here we are at Day 235. That’s just over 64% of the year gone by, over 20 MILLION seconds! Factoring sleep into the equation, we have had at least 10 million seconds of waking opportunity, at least 117 days of “awake-ness” within which to act (and obviously even more since we don’t sleep 12 hours a night every night). So even if we do not have the full 235 days of kakans, due to sleep, illness, work, and so, on the numbers do eventually add up big time. These little boldnesses make big things in time.
For example, I have spent much of my adult life teaching, lecturing on, and tutoring saxophone, music, Japanese language, and so on in high school, college, university, clinics, and such for many years. The average class size over the years has been at least 30 students. The average amount of classes ends up being two different classes a semester, and the average two semester year is 8 months. So at least 120 students a year, minimum. I have been doing this on and off over 20 years, so I have taught at least 2000 students in 7 countries (and from 8), since 1995.
I began this blog in October 2012, so I have been blogging for 3.8 years. In that time over 8100 people from 122 countries (over 62% of the entire world) have visited my blog. Small potatoes indeed in terms of how many “hits” I might get, but at least one person from nearly 63% of the world has come here to take a peek, and many countries have visited many, many times That is amazing for a little blog like mine. It is not an accomplishment, nothing I did (as other people made the choice to come here). But it is for me a humbling affirmation of what just being yourself can provide for you.
My blog is designed to be educational rather than a place designed to merely attract customers or views. I love sharing a wide variety of perspectives on things with people and love this method when I am teaching. I want what I write to be like what I teach, so this means I have tried to help educate in some small way over 8100 people. That means I have ostensibly “taught” over 2130 people a year, from 32 different countries a year, in the last 3.8 years. That would be like teaching 120 students a year (from all over the world) for over 67 years!
In 3.8 years of blogging I have reached 67 years worth of international classroom students!!
At this pace, after blogging for a full 5 years I will have been read by over 88 years worth of “students!”
This shows the power of doing something small in a way that adds up. The work behind putting together my educational post is not little at all (it’s hard to condense academic information down into readable posts), but the form (blog) in which I deliver it is just one tiny, tiny drop in an ocean of at least 170 million blogs on the Internet. But the numbers reveal that more than 8100 people from 122 countries have come to see what is here. It all started with my choice to be be bold, and actually start a blog. Not a bold choice for millions of people, but a small bold choice for me, as I spend so little time online.
So once again in Our Year Of Kakans I want to once again encourage you to be kakan-ized: be bold and ready to make small, powerful moves consistently, without stopping. Boldness + time = an amazing life. Kakans are a lifestyle, not “events,” and every day is a kakan day no matter what week, month, year, decade, century, millennium, megaannum (a million years), gigaannum (a billion years), or teraannum (a trillion years) it is in! We are living a Kakan Life: one tiny kakan at a time.
Today is a Kakan Day…
August 23rd, in the year 283,954 will a Kakan Day too!!