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I was having lunch with a friend of mine yesterday and he said he wanted to look into Martial Arts as he was inspired by the website I’ve been working on for the last few months. (That’s this website.)

At first I felt a feeling of accomplishment. After all, growing the sport is what we initially set out to do. Then I thought about the hundreds of hours of work that went into the website and how the only response I’ve gotten so far is one friend who is going to “look into it”. Needless to say, I was a bit discouraged.

Thinking about it some more, this relates a lot to martial arts training. You go into your first class wanting to be the next Karate Kid in a week. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t even happen in your first 6 months. Accomplishing the large goals you first set out takes time…more time than you want it to.

Patience and perseverance are the lessons here. People who are ingrained in martial arts always talk about how their training has helped them in other areas of their life. This is a perfect example.

As much as I want to being making a difference in thousands of people’s lives by inspiring them to visit their first school, I need to face the reality that it will take time. I can’t get discouraged. I can’t give up. I need to see my goals become a reality.

Carpe Diem!