WHITE BELT MINDSET

WHITE BELT MINDSET

We talk about having a black belt mindset, but having a white belt mindset is a good thing too. I love white belts. They are so eager to learn, so eager to get started. It’s easy to mold them. They are typically not filled with excuses on what they have already...
RESPECT STARTS WITH ME

RESPECT STARTS WITH ME

The most common complaint I hear from people on a daily basis is that they don’t get enough respect. This is especially common among people who are in a leadership position! Either they are not taken seriously, or they aren’t being shown the attentiveness...
EVERYONE HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE

EVERYONE HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE

“Everyone has an expiration date.”  This is a term I have used for years describing students, employees, friends, and acquaintances that come and go. As a martial arts instructor, I realize that most of my students will leave at some point.  Some move away.  Some find...
THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF FAILURE

THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF FAILURE

Failure is an unstoppable force. When you make a mistake or fall short, your failures tend to hang over your head and bear down on you. But if you allow your failure to do this, it puts a limit on how successful you can be. These self-imposed limits can keep you from...
THE BEEKEEPER THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD

THE BEEKEEPER THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD

In 1953 a beekeeper ascended to the top of the world. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions.  The ascent of Everest was considered the last of...
STAYING SHARP

STAYING SHARP

As with so many other lessons in my life, this was a spiritual truth that I learned through a physical trial. When I was around 13 years old, I was a part of a young men’s group at my church that was run like a boot camp. Every week had some kind of physical and...
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