Martial Arts After School Care and Birthday Parties, Should You?
Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, After School Programs, Sleepovers, and The Like. Should You, Yes or No? I Answer.
I have done many things in my life, as you might relate to, that I did because I felt I HAD TO. I felt, for whatever reasons, that my back was up against the wall --and I either had to rise to the occasion --or give up --and in most cases, giving up wasn't a viable option (as I felt it would only get worse from there).
When it comes to you and your school's financial survival, your cash liquidity, your business's ability to make it another day, week, month, or quarter, with illegal options ruled out, I think you should do what you must do --to survive.
The long term goal of your work is to adequately fund you --and all involved --to a degree that allows for comfortable, sane, protected, and peace-filled living in the world as it is today. One income or two, children or no children, college, recreation, travel, health care, hobbies, free time, emergency funds, investments...there are many things to consider in the short and longterm perspective of what to do, why to do it, and how you choose to spend the small and finite amount of life you've been granted.
Sometimes you simply have to do what you have to do, so that you may get to a place where you can do exactly what you want to do.
I suggest that the way you make money in your work, the things you ask others to do for you, for money, and how you choose --or get --to spend your days, weeks, and months, isn't something to be put on auto-pilot.
These things deserve on-going deep and mindful thought, analysis, review, and adjustment --not every-so-often, but sometimes from day-to-day.
Would I run a summer camp? Would I, in my schools, do birthday parties, sleepovers, and after-school care programs? You bet I would, if I had to. I would do whatever I had enough vision, energy, and determination to do, create, manifest, and execute. If the best option I could muster was buying a van and driving around picking up kids after school and entertaining them until their folks could pick them up, then that's what I'd do. If I had to spend part of my weekends cutting birthday cakes with samurai swords and pitching attendees for my lessons, then by God, that's what I'd do. It wouldn't be my first choice as a master teacher of the martial arts, but if that's where I thought my operating capital was going to come from --and I couldn't come up with a better plan, then I'd be there and present, with bells on.
Of course, I would prefer to engage in work and life activities that make me feel like I am smart, creative, a leader, a visionary, a contributor, and if not standing shoulder-to-shoulder with my heroes, that I might at least stand in the shadow of those people I admire in the world --for their courage, their relevance, their contribution to the greater good, and their ability to make things happen.
But in the short term, I --like you --must look at working hard and long and smart enough to buy our way out of what might feel like servitude and/or the obligation to do things we'd rather not do, if we had a choice.
I say you should AIM HIGH, but in that quest you may have to do things, purely for the money, that you wouldn't do if the money was already earning you interest in investments. Do what you have to do to survive --until your situation changes. Do what you have to do as good or better than anyone you know or have access to.
And work your way to a time when, by the Grace of the Gods, that you get to do, for the most part, only what you want to do --and it's work that feeds your soul and makes you feel like you are a Master Teacher, Citizen, Human Being that has fulfilled your obligation to be something more than a cog in the machine.
Do what you have to, now --so you may do what you want to do --and are capable of doing, sometime in the near future. My job is to help you focus on being something, someone, who is extraordinary and beautifully capable of contribution at a level few people aspire to --or achieve. If you're going to be a "master," then let's work to be one that defines the term.
That's my answer.