“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.”
                                                                                                ~ Mark Twain

Here is to a former Martial Arts friend of mine.  You get people in your life from time to time who teach you how NOT to act with people…  how NOT to conduct business…  how NOT to live life.  I have never pretended to be perfect and I have made my fair share of mistakes in business, with people and in life.  This guy just keeps reminding me time and time again of what not to do.  For that, he is still one of my greatest teachers. 

Everytime I come across this guy, I am thankful.  I am thankful that he is no longer in my life…  but more importantly, I am thankful for what IS in my life.  I am thankful for the martial arts friends I do have… 

I am thankful for my buddy Manny who runs a phenomenal martial arts school in Stamford Connecticut called The Dojo.  We talk almost daily and share both the victories and challenges of owning martial arts schools.  He constantly teaches me that my kids program is mediocre and shows me the ways that I can improve it.  We are working diligently to implement his coaching in order to make our childrens’ program better.

I am thankful for my friend Corey who runs Dynamic Martial Arts in Greenwich Connecticut.  Although he and I fell out of touch for a few years, we recently got in contact again and his friendship has been a blessing.  He is a constant reminder for me what a good man is and he is someone I can call if I ever need anything.  He is also a testament and inspiration with his own martial arts and physical training! 

Tom Clifford is a new friend who owns Tom Clifford’s Martial Arts in Rockland New York.  He and I have had very similar life experiences and he is one of those people that you meet and you feel like you have known him forever.  Plus he has both a physical and an emotional resilience that I can learn a great deal from.  I am thankful to have been fortunate enough to meet him. 

Dave Kovar has become a friend and mentor to me recently.  The wisdom he has shared with me over the past year has helped to dramatically improve the level of service we provide.  His calming attitude has had a great influence on me when I have been ready to lose my patients.  He owns 8 schools in Sacramento California called Satori Academy and is a mentor to literally thousands of martial artists across the country.  AND he holds 10 separate Black Belts.  He is truly an inspiration. 

None of these men are perfect.  But they do have one thing in common…  They are men of honor.  If they tell you they will do something…  it is as good as done.  It has been my experience that surrounding myself with men and women like this increases prosperity much more than the other.  Thank you gentlemen for everything you have taught me and currently are teaching me.  Your friendship is one of my most prized “possessions”.