How Business Happens

It all started right here for me, I was graduating High School with a low GPA, and no talk of going off to College. Things really weren’t looking so bright for me on the outside at age 17. I struggled all through school, mainly because of my lack of focus, and drive. I never strived to go to College, even since the beginning of high school, with no real solid reasoning. Maybe I didn’t have enough outside influence, or someone pushing me to go to school after high school was finished, but for whatever reason, I never had planned for it. So in the end it made it that much harder for me just to graduate, because of my lack of drive. A career can sometimes mean a lot of grooming and costly expenses for your professional wardrobe. A craft business can be operated in more comfortable clothing, like jeans or even pajamas. This could potentially save you money and make it more enjoyable for you to work.

Subject specialty: If you specialize in a certain subject, make it clear in your name so that those looking for that kind of tutor can easily pick you out of a list! It will save you time in the long run, too, not having to answer those calls for people looking for a different kind of tutor.

In order to keep the customer happy, you need to offer fair prices and helpful services or products, stay true to your word, do all of the work as you have advertised, be on time with your job and delivery, be kind and appreciative to the customer, and thank them. This builds a worker’s and a business’s reputation through testimonial sites and word of mouth. Keep your customers happy and word will spread—bringing more business for you!

Now that I read this book, and couldn’t get this simple little idea out of my head, I just did what I knew, and got to work. I now knew what it was I wanted to do. I wanted to work for myself, I wanted to own a business, I wanted to be the boss, and more than anything, I wanted to make some money on my own.

In America, judo is a sport where you can reach a fairly high level with a modest level of talent. Don’t bother arguing with me because the numbers are against you. There are millions of people in this country who swim, play basketball, football or soccer. To get to the top of that group, whether as an athlete, a coach or an administrator takes more effort and talent than to be a top judo player in the U.S. It’s harder to be number 3 out of the maybe 300 people in your division who compete than to be number 3 out of 30,000. In some divisions, I’d question whether we could really find 300 people in the country who actually compete.

A couple of weeks ago, at Gompers Middle School, the judo room was closed for the day due to smoke exposure – there had been a fire in an adjacent building and the school decided to not allow practice inside. So, we practiced outside in the soccer field. We did conditioning exercises. We did gripfighting drills We used bungee cords and did uchi komis. We did uchikomi drills. Was it a perfect practice? No, but we got in drills and got in a tiny bit better shape.