A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded.
A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga decided to attack the enemy although he had only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he would win, but his soldiers were in doubt.On the way, he stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men, “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If it is heads, we will win; if it is tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.”Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered a silent prayer. He came out and tossed a coin. Heads appeared. His soldiers were so eager to fight that they won their battle easily.“No one can change the hand of destiny,” his attendant told him after the battle.
“Indeed not,” said Nobunaga, showing a coin which had been doubled, with heads facing either way.
Moral: At times, we put our faith on external matters more than on ourselves. Often, all that it takes to turn destiny in your favour is a little belief in your abilities.