Iru Fumei Teki
[Pronounced “ee-roo foo-may tek-ee”]
Iru Fumei Teki means to “hit the hidden target” — a perspective that urges us to seek the path less-traveled because it often leads to a prize most people never consider, let alone attain.
Many times we can see a target before us — we can easily aim for a goal that is within view, and within reach. However, stop to consider this: the easier the target is to view, and to hit, the more likely such a target is to be trivial.
On the other hand, the “hidden targets” that Iru Fumei Teki speaks about are the gems worth pursuing. They are the goals and aspirations hidden-away from every-day seekers.
Sometimes these targets are hidden because they are so very difficult to conceptualize. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
This is a very apt point: it oftentimes takes a spark of genius to see the target that no one else does, and then to formulate a plan for hitting that target. Advances in science and technology often come about in this manner: the advances are made by thinking in a unique and creative way — a target that simple linear thinking wasn't able to identify, let alone figure out a way to pursue it.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
And novel and powerful works in the arts —whether a new way of seeing the world around us or an insightful written work, for instance — come about by taking the jump to a target hidden away which only genius sees.
We can also consider this: targets that are hidden are generally worth attaining simply because they are hidden. Hidden, difficult, non-obvious targets are worth achieving many times for the reason that they are quite so difficult to achieve. The process of growth, focus, determination, and commitment required to hit those targets can be its own reward. Traveling the path to such a hidden target changes the traveler in many ways, and in so many positive and strong ways. Achieving the target itself may in fact almost appear secondary to the benefits of working hard to achieve it.
There is also a greater good involved in being the trailblazer, and in taking a path that is not obvious. The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Creating a trail for others to follow is only possible if we go down paths that are generally untraveled, or traveled in a different way. Certainly, such a path is hard; certainly also there is a greater possibility of failure, at arriving at a “dead end” that produces nothing of value. But imagine the possibilities for success!
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
To succeed by going a way different from others has enormous rewards for ourselves, and enormous rewards for others in our community.
For all these perspectives, targeting the hidden target, and then hitting it, is an incredibly powerful approach to seeing the value in the non-obvious, and pursuing it.