Sheesh, some people.
I had someone email me Friday saying that I “jumped the shark” by launching MASAI.
Why? Because I’m charging for it.
Wow. A business about making money? Who’da thunk it?
My mistake, I didn’t know making money was illegal in the U.S. – I hereby withdraw all my entrepreneurial overtures immediately. ;)
Seriously, you have to wonder what goes through someone’s head when they say things like this.
It amazes me, truly.
Here’s part of a response to a comment that I posted earlier that sums this up in the context of why some school owners fail:
I think some school owners are really confused about why they’re in business. Webster’s defines it (business) as, “A usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood.”
By that definition, the purpose is to make a living. So, if you think you’re in business to propagate a particular style or system, to adhere to a particular curriculum or set of rank requirements, or to create disciples thereof; well, you’re mistaken, and you should really be teaching a part time program and doing something else to support yourself.
It doesn’t mean you can’t teach good martial arts and still earn a living; quite to the contrary. However, being in business does mean that you need to be selling what the customer is buying, and that’s not always a certain style or system…
And you darn sure can’t be doing it for free if you like eating and having a roof over your head.
Yep, I think that about says it all.
Until next time,
Michael D. Massie
PROUD Founder and President,
The Martial Art School Alliance International
Business Manual: http://www.small-dojo-big-profits.com/
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