There are people in judo I really think the world of their knowledge not just of sports but of life. Yet, despite the best of intentions to make it to judo practice or to tournaments, it seldom happens.
I haven't been doing much judo lately because I've being doing other things
Over the years, I've seen a good number of students get into ivy league universities, medical school, dental school or clinical psychology graduate programs. Some students went out and started their own businesses.
If it wasn't for Facebook, I wouldn't ever see or hear of them again, and vice versa.
As for me, I haven't been at judo because I've been making games and building a company. In the past couple of years, I have been in Chile, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago and Belize, for research and for marketing. I've been in so many states I've lost track.
Just because your team is out of sight, doesn't mean you're out of mindI can't speak for all of those former students, but purely for myself and my children, I would say experiences at judo have been super impactful on my life.
One thing I learned from judo is that failure is never permanent and neither is success.Our company has had a lot of successes, gotten a fair amount of funding and produced twelve games (check them out, they are educational and cool) .
We've had a good month overall, but today I learned that we hadn't gotten two proposals funded. I've never gotten turned down twice in the same day before, and this comes on the tail of having lost out on a contract last month.
Why am I telling you this? Don't I want you to think I am totally amazing all the time so you will invest in my company or download our games to make you smarter?
I'm telling you because that's another thing I learned from judo.
You never grow by being the big fish in a small pondWhen I was a kid, I won almost all the tournaments all the time. I was the toughest green belt girl in the Midwest. Then, I went to the senior nationals for the first time and lost. I came in third. I went to the collegiate nationals for the first time and came in second. Soon, I was winning the nationals, so I went to Europe - and lost and came in third in the British Open and Tournoi d'Orleans. Soon (although it never seemed soon enough), I was winning tournaments in Europe, Asia and South America.
There are people who I'm sure had more talent than me, but they stayed in that comfort zone and they are still undefeated in Duluth, Minnesota.
The contracts we missed out on were bigger, more of a risk for us. We came close, though. Although Maria pointed out today that close doesn't pay the bills, I did learn from judo that if you are close and you keep working, you'll get there.
I may not be at judo today, but I haven't forgotten the lessons I learned
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