Why My Boss Is So Hardcore

tough martial art school boss

(Note: I wrote this back when I was running my second studio in the late aughts. I shut my fourth studio down right when the pandemic started, when I switched to the Micro Dojo business model. Full disclosure, I haven’t taught since July 2022 when I had to stop teaching due to my cancer diagnosis. Not sure if I’m going to go back to it again yet, since I’m still in recovery. But the advice here is as good now as it was when I wrote it. ~MM)

Man, some bosses can be tough.

You know the type—they’re never satisfied with “good enough”, and no matter how hard you work, they always want you to do more. The typical “taskmaster” boss.

I’d hate working for a boss like that. But the thing is, I am sort of already working for a tough boss—me.

Yep, I’m a total “crack the whip” kind of guy when it comes to getting things done. The good news is that I’m my own boss, but that doesn’t mean I get to slack off… heck no!

Actually, I work harder for myself than I ever would for someone else. And the fact is, you’ll have to as well when you’re running your own martial arts school, if you want to be successful.

Really, I don’t know a single successful martial arts school owner who is lazy. From what I’ve seen, being a hard worker is always a matter of pride among successful small business owners, and successful martial arts school owners are no different.

(By the way, don’t ever walk into a small business and tell the owner, “Must be nice, getting to work whenever you want.” You might get thrown out, and asked to never come back.)

Why am I telling you all this? Because, I want you to know that it is very rewarding to work for yourself, and to do what you love for a living… but I also want you to know it’s hard work.

This holiday season, I could be lounging around at home or at a neighbor’s Christmas shindig, toasting with eggnog and singing Christmas carols while everyone stuffs their faces on all those holiday goodies…

However, my “boss” says I have to be at the school, painting, remodeling, and moving new equipment in so everything is ready for the New Year’s rush when we re-open after Christmas.

But you know what?

The truth is, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Until next time,

Mike Massie
author, ‘Small Dojo, Big Profits’

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