In martial arts, there are many core values that are held in high regard. Many martial arts are derived from an Eastern origin where honour is a large focus in everything that is done in martial arts. To have honour, one must follow many tenets of their martial art.
While each martial art and individual school are different, here are some of the most important values that lend themselves to how you should do business:
Respect is huge in business, martial arts, and in life. Treat your students, opponents, and competition with the utmost respect: especially your competition. Stooping low for drama or unfriendliness towards other masters or schools sets the wrong example for your students and it will lower your respect and honour. If others are speaking poorly about you, let them: they’re only hurting themselves and attracting the wrong kinds of students. Be open to criticism and respond respectfully, instead of being rash.
Just as in the gym, perseverance is an incredible trait to have in business. Things may not go well, initially, but it’s not the rabbit that wins the race. Stay strong and keep persisting, while doing all you can to intelligently make your business successful. This doesn’t mean it’s okay to be foolish: sometimes, you’ll need to know when to pull the plug. However, you’ll need to make sure you’ve done everything you possibly can to make it work, first.
Without focus, you’re merely going through the motions. Intentionally applying your mental (and sometimes physical) energy to your business will get you far. Self-discipline also comes in here. If you need to do things for your business, make sure you do them; don’t let distractions get the better of you.
This might be the biggest value of all. Just because no one knows what goes on behind closed doors doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. Whether you’re planning a business promotion or a strategic campaign to gain an advantage against your competitors, make sure you do it with integrity. Whatever decision needs to be made, ask yourself whether your students and your instructors will be proud of you for having chosen the way you have.
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