The next Step

Just to clear things up, this is my first post under my new WordPress profile, so you will notice that I am now writing under my own name instead of the joint account that us hagsaeng naebu had previously all been sharing.  I think this will help things stay organized more.

Once again a week has rocketed by, and I am looking back at what I have done so far.  Right now, I really want to figure out what my next step will be in my martial journey.  I have just returned from my wonderful internship that was in Cincinnati where I learned about martial arts business and other things relating to Taekwondo (see my sixth weekly post). Now I’m looking ahead to see how my goals may be achieved.

Looking ahead to new things

One of my main goals has always been to be a better martial artist.  I see this as increasing both my physical skills and mental attributes.  I want to be better at forms, grappling, and practical self defense, and I see the main route to this as putting in more practice time.  Also, I want better mental focus and a better insight into martial arts history and philosophy.  Again, the main route to this seems to me more time commitment: this time in the form of practicing meditations and reading more books.  The amount of time I want to spend on these things seems hard to come by.

Between working to earn money, being involved with my family, and having a girlfriend, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of time to go around.  Master Pearson’s stone method that he detailed in an earlier post definitely helps, and I am very grateful to be able to fit in a couple hours of practice hear and there throughout the week in addition to classes.  Still, I want more time.

It then seems that I must change how I spend most of the rest of the time; which is working to earn money.  That may sounds like I don’t want to work to earn money, but that is not the case. Currently I spend most of my time working a job that pays me hourly, so I’m trading time for money.  However, this isn’t the way it has to be.

Consider the restaurant owner who owns twenty restaurants.  She obviously doesn’t work at all twenty restaurants; that idea is absurd. Rather, what she has done is created income streams in the form of businesses that she owns. Now she probably had to work very hard to develop each business, and there was doubtless much sacrifice involved in doing so.  However, after all that work and risk, she was able to create a system of producing income that she no longer had to put her own time into in order to directly produce income. The process of business development is a very deep and interesting subject that’s description warrants great detail, but I will not go into that here (read the The Four Hour Work Week, or the book Rich Dad Poor Dad).  The main thing is that someone once a business is successfully built under the business developer structure, one’s time is much more freed up. That’s where I want to be.

I want to spend most of my time doing martial arts stuff.  If I have to spend most of my time trading time for money doing something that’s not martial arts related, that not going to work for me.  So I either have to find a way to make money from the time I put into martial arts, or I have to find a way to make good money that does not necessitate me putting a large amount of time into.

It is said that martial arts is a way of life that is lived everyday. This is certainly the case with an occupation; my martial arts practice affects how I approach my occupation, and my occupation affects how I approach my martial arts practice.  From here on out, I want to have an occupation that favors my martial arts practice.

What do you think?

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