Usually I don’t have a problem sleeping, but when things are on my mind sometimes it keeps me up. Tonight is a good example. It’s hard for us sometimes to be really good at something, let alone great. Me, I’ve been mediocre at a bunch of pretty cool things. Well, mediocre might be a little harsh. I guess I’ve been good at a couple things, but I’ve never been great at anything. I was a pretty good football player (good enough to get a college scholarship). I’m a pretty good English teacher. I think I teach jiu-jitsu pretty well, and my academy is still in business after ten years—that’s good.
But good just isn’t good enough. How does one become great? It’s too easy to say the answer is hard work. I know plenty of people that work hard. It has to be more than that. I’m sure that’s a part of it. If you think about some of the great people in the world, past and present, they all seem to have or have had a vision, something they worked toward, something that may have seemed impossible but became reality, something that was extraordinary.
My town and state have some exceptional BJJ and submission grappling schools, some of them world class, and compared to them West Side is pretty good, especially for a small school, but I don’t want to be pretty good. I want to be great. I want to be the best. It may seem unrealistic considering the caliber of schools in the state, but I’m tired of settling for good. I have some awesome students, hardworking and technical people, and it’s time that I put more into my academy for them and me.