Believe it! My Nindo, My Ninja Way
Do you have a personal rule of life you try to live by no matter what? That’s your “nindo”. If you have one, kudos to you. Having a nindo may very well be the difference between living life as a failure or a success.
What’s a “Nindo”?
A “nindo” (Literally meaning: Ninja Way) is a personal rule that each shinobi, a ninja, lives by. It is their way of ninja life, their motto, belief, or “dream”.
Believe it! I give you my word. And I never go back on my word. I’ll never give up. That’s my Nindo, my ninja Way!
– Naruto Uzumaki
This is an often-heard statement from Naruto, the main character of the anime I recently fell in love with.
It’s a story of a little boy, though he’s a knucklehead who always makes mistakes and always gets into trouble, dreamed of being Hokage someday. Hokage is the highest-ranked, most powerful ninja in their village.
This was because he wants all people in his village to respect him and look up to him.
A dream everyone considered impossible when it comes to Naruto.
A dream is Born
You see, Naruto is an orphan and lived alone, rejected by most of the people in the village because a demon spirit who terrorized their village had been sealed in his body when he was born. So people feared him and those they feared they hate.
He was always into mischief to get attention until he found it in his teacher, Iruka sensei, who befriended him and mentored him. He developed this dream to be like his sensei, a ninja. And not just any ninja but the most powerful of them all, the Hokage.
Big dreams for a little man. Little because he’s just a kid and because he’s really just an insignificant kid in the eyes of most people in his village.
But he was determined to prove them all wrong. He worked hard for his dream, never giving up even in the midst of insurmountable obstacles. Even when it seems his dream is impossible.
Believe it! I will be the greatest Hokage someday. I give you my word. I’ll never give up. I never go back on my word. That’s my Nindo, my ninja Way!
– Naruto Uzumaki
He would often repeat that, to himself and to others around him.
Most would laugh in his face. Others would see his spirit and determination and would help him nurture that gift.
And what do you know, spoiler alert, he became a hero of their village.
And he eventually, finally, became the 7th Hokage. He achieved the dream he’s been chasing. By believing and “working his but off” as he promised.
Not only that, he got himself a wife, Hinata, who, even as a kid, fell in love with him because of his grit and determination.
He inspired her, by believing and not giving up, to also believe in herself, work hard and not give up. To become a better person and a better ninja.
Not only her, but he inspired most of his classmates and people he encountered along life’s way to be the best they could ever be. Even his enemies.
Amazing that a cartoon character can teach so much about dreams and success and life.
That really inspired me.
My Nindo, My Ninja Way
I’ve started my Print on Demand (POD) business.
That’s because I dream of becoming totally, completely financially free. And I know I can achieve this by having a business that will give me residual income. And I thank God, I stumbled upon this online business Print on Demand business model.
I have set up my Print on Demand eCommerce brand and store, SpeakChrist, in Redbubble, Zazzle, SpreadShirt US, SpreadShirt UK, Teepublic, and Teespring.
It’s been a month and so far nothing much is happening. I had 1 sale in Redbubble. 1 sticker that made me $1.29. That made me so happy. And then nothing.
I applied to Merch by Amazon because Amazon is the biggest eCommerce platform in the world so I wanted to be there. But I got rejected. Twice. I was discouraged, to be honest. But I heard from Joel Osteen, if you don’t have it then you don’t need it. God sent His Son through Mary – who got pregnant without the help of a man. God can bless me through Print on Demand without being on Amazon.
And yet when the door to Merch by Amazon didn’t open for me, God, the Way Himself, opened a way for me to still be in Amazon.
I learned from Jack Ingram, a YouTuber that you can use your POD designs on T-shirts as covers of low content books like journals and notebooks and sell them on Amazon KDP.
I suddenly remember, I already have an account on Amazon KDP with 3 ebooks that I published in 2015. I wasn’t able to continue publishing books cause life got in the way.
So I updated my account, changed my payment option to Payoneer, and amazingly, I received $77 royalties from my books in KDP! Something I didn’t even touch since 2015.
That’s passive, residual income, right?
Wow. I finally received a passive, residual income! Yes, it’s definitely nothing much but hey, great things start from small beginnings.
And what do you know, I now have 35 paperback notebooks/inspirational journals, sketchbooks, gratitude, prayer, and prayer list journals. By the grace of God, I still got into Amazon.
So here’s my nindo:
I will work hard and not give up on my dream. I will be totally, completely financially free. I will have a successful business that will bless not only my family but also billions of people and through me, God will bless all families of the earth.
I will keep on believing. Even when nothing is happening right now. I will not stop believing. That’s my Nindo, my ninja Way!
And did you know that Jesus Himself encouraged us to believe too?
In truth I tell you, if your faith is the size of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.’
And here’s another one where Jesus said to believe.
Jesus gazed at them. ‘By human resources’, he told them, ‘this is impossible; for God everything is possible.’
Everything is possible with God. Believe it!
Is there anything you are dreaming and praying for? Something you think is impossible for you? If you have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.
Take it from Naruto. Whatever your dreams are. Believe it. Work hard. And never give up on your dreams. Never stop believing. Take that as your Nindo, your ninja Way.
Oh, by the way, here is some merchandise to help remind you of this message. Full disclosure, these are from my shops, SpeakChrist.
Here are Believe It! T-shirts, long sleeves, and hoodies you can wear or give to family and friends as well as phone cases and stickers, mugs, home goods, masks:
You can send personalized greeting postcards to encourage them:
If you have kids, you can start them early in this way of believing:
Now that it’s almost back to school, you might want to have these Believe It! personalized Notebooks:
So what’s your nindo? If you don’t have one, find one. Believe it. Live it! Then one day, the people around you? They too will believe it.
- Find your Nindo.
- Believe it!
- Live it.
Thank you for movies that inspire like Naruto. Help me to believe in me and my dreams. With You, everything is possible. Amen.
This is it for now. ‘Til next time. God bless!
To our health, wealth, and victory, Godspeed!