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People tell me I’m lucky sometimes. I ask why and they respond with “Well, you get to make money doing what you love, teaching jiu jitsu and training.” I used to feel the same way until one day I realized that my position in life right now has nothing to do with luck.

I used to wait tables for a living and at the time, I had one private client that I would see a couple of times a week –not nearly enough to pay my bills. I hated waiting tables and even though I was not making enough money in any other aspect of my life, I knew I could no longer sacrifice my happiness for a roof over my head. I quit my job with absolutely no idea what the future might bring but I had faith that it would all work out.

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Interestingly enough, within a week of quitting, someone else asked me if I would see him privately and then another, and then another. Before I knew it, I had quite a few people I was seeing one on one and the money started to come in so that I was still able to afford that roof over my head. I’m still living paycheck to paycheck (so to speak) and I’m broke more often than not, but what’s important here is not the amount of money that is in my bank account, but rather the decision I made to do what I love doing and the belief that everything would be ok.

When people tell me I’m lucky these days, I refuse to believe it. I am not lucky. I made a decision and seized an opportunity. I worked very hard and sacrificed a ton in order to be in this position and although I’m nowhere near where I want to be, I believe I am on my way.

I do not need to talk about all of the struggles and hardships I’ve had to endure in order to get here. I just want to give my two cents that if what you are doing does not make you happy, then change the situation. If you want to train more jiu jitsu, then make decisions that will allow you to achieve more training hours. No excuses, just do it. I promise you, everything will turn out the way you will it. Just keep on working hard and stay the course.

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