Too Hard or Not Hard Enough?

The road to success in Martial Arts can be long, winding, sometimes painful and often difficult. That’s par for the course, but sometimes we forget. We think that the universe is sending us signs that we’re on the wrong path, that the road to Black Belt is too hard and that we should give up.

We lose sight of the fact that it’s *supposed* to be hard.

All great achievers have endured struggle, and endured setbacks along the way to their goals……

For example….

Winston Churchill’s parents ignored him, he did poorly in school, he stuttered, and spoke with a lisp. They called him a disappointment, and a boy of “low intelligence.”

After failing to land a role, Meryl Streep nearly gave up on acting when a director called her “too ugly.”

Steven Spielberg was rejected from the USA film school 3 times.

After his first performance, Elvis Presley was told “you ain’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”

Dr. Seuss was turned down by 27 different publishers.

Abraham Lincoln’s fiancé died, he failed in business, he suffered multiple nervous breakdowns, and was defeated in 8 different elections.

At age 30, Steve Jobs was left depressed and devastated after being fired from the company he founded.

Ludwig Van Beethoven’s music teacher said that “as a composer, he is hopeless.”

Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor, because she “wasn’t fit for television.”

Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination” and “had no original ideas.”

Thomas Edison’s teacher told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

After being cut from his high school basketball team, Michael Jordan went home, locked himself in his room, and cried.

The Beatles were rejected by a recording studio that said “We don’t like their sound. They have no future in show business.”

And Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was 4, and he couldn’t read until he was 7. His parents and teachers worried that he might be mentally handicapped and said that “he would never amount to much.”

So yeah. Take a moment…

Let it all sink in…

It’s supposed to be hard! The key isn’t for it not to be hard, but rather to keep on going…. to persevere.

It’s scary, but we have to do it anyway.

In other words, “the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.”