Racism and the Three Gates

Steven Barnes
12 min readJul 16, 2021

“Is it True? Is it Kind? Is it Useful?” — Rumi

When I meet exceptional people, I remember that the primary difference, the primary “genius” is focusing on the RIGHT problem until you’ve solved it. So…what was the core “seed”? What motivated their actions for the decades necessary to become a Master?

With Danny Inosanto, a candidate for “greatest martial arts instructor who ever lived”, that “seed” was a phrase that flashed through his mind in childhood related to a supposedly unconquerable bully: “he bleeds too!” This realization, that the biggest, toughest…

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.