When the Student is Ready

When the Student is Ready

My girlfriend is smart.

I’d like to say she’s smart for being my girlfriend, but it’s the other way around.  I out-kicked my coverage when I met her.  She’s very bright and will engage in conversations on a variety of subjects.  If she’s not well-versed on the subject matter, she won’t fake it, but she will listen intently and try to provide feedback where valuable.

Once when we were talking, she referenced a quote she’d heard many times over the years.  “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

I thought it was a great statement and have tried to learn its origin.  It seems there’s dispute on who is responsible for it and I’m not going to get into that discussion here.

Regardless, I dug the quote and have even repeated it myself a few times when situations arose where I thought it applied. 

It wasn’t until recently that I started to comprehend what it really means.

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If You Run Your Business Like a Hobby, Expect a Punch in the Face

If You Run Your Business Like a Hobby, Expect a Punch in the Face

Have you heard people espouse the idea that you can be successful if you turn your hobby into a business?  Or how about the concept that your chances of success are greater if you can turn your passion into a business idea?

It’s a wonderful belief and I one that I fully support.  However, there’s something they’re not telling you.  It’s not that there will be hard work and risk involved.  We all know that.

What I’m about to tell you is a little-known truth that is hardly ever shared and it will hold the key to your success if you want to convert your hobby or passion into a business.

Here’s the simple truth …

When you turn your passion into a business, your only path to success is if you make the business your passion.  If your hobby remains the priority, the business is guaranteed to fail.

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Everyone Has a Journey

Everyone Has a Journey

Several years back, I helped run a Kenpo Karate school.  Part of my responsibilities were leading classes, both for adults and kids.  As I interacted with various students, I sought to understand their motivation for learning Kenpo.

Some of them were there to learn self-defense, an obvious goal due to the subject matter.  Others were there to increase their physical fitness, again, a somewhat understandable goal. 

However, there were those who sought the community aspects of a karate school.  They were looking to “belong” somewhere. 

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