Views on Training
When you come to realize that a blackbelt is not as important as the practice itself, you are probably approaching the black belt level. When you realize that no matter how long or hard you train, there is a lifetime of study and practice ahead of you until you die, you are probably getting close to a black belt.
At whatever level you achieve, if you think you "deserve" a blackbelt, or if you think you are now "good enough" to be a black belt, you are way off the mark and, indeed, a very long way from reaching you black belt.
Train hard, be humble, don't show off in front of your teacher or other students, don't complain about any task, and do you best in everything in your life. This is what it means to be a black belt.
Kensho Furuya Kodo: Ancient Ways