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Forum topic by kolwdwrkr posted 08-07-2009 09:17 AM 1238 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2009 09:17 AM

I am a proud member of Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu and practice as much as time permits. Today in class a fellow classmate graduated from brown belt to black and was told to give a speach. The quote he used was from another fighter but it speaks volumes : “A black belt is a white belt that never gave up”. He went on to say that if you love something then you must be persistent and consistent. Never give up on what you love and care about.

I thought about this for some time, and to be honest had a much better well thought out subject on it, but got busy and lost some of it. But I wanted to say that this doesn’t just ring true in Jiu Jitsu, but it rings true in everything we do. We love woodworking and the recession is seemingly keeping us down. Some of us are quitting and finding other careers, some trying to get jobs to survive, etc. We have to stop and think about whether or not money has to take our goals away, and unfortunately it does sometimes. Does it have to? No, not in the least. If you are a woodworker and you lost your job or your business keep doing it, even if it’s just as a hobby. If you stay persistent and consistent then you will bounce back. Its only a matter of time before someone notices that you haven’t quit, and in fact improved on your abilities.

Your dreams and goals are more important then anything, and if you want to get that black belt you have to deal with the pain and the struggles that you must endure to get it. You may glide through with minor bruising or you may end up with broken bones. But you have to keep going. Don’t give up because it seems to hard or you feel like a failure. You are only a failure if you quit. There is a need for all of us woodworkers and the day will come when we are all to busy to remember these tough times. If we give up now, those days will come before we are prepared and we will miss the opportunity and lose the fight.

Keep your chins up, your head held high. Don’t let these things get you down. The struggle is only a struggle if you allow it to dominate your life. Good luck to all of you who have lost your jobs, business’s, or are just simply struggling to make ends meet. Keep your efforts up, and you will be rewarded.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 12:22 PM

Thanks. Everyone needs encouragement.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 12:46 PM

There is an old saying that goes something like…
you can’t control the things/forces around you but you can control how you think/feel about them.
I think it was the philosophy of Victor Frankel who spent years in a concentration camp and still maintained a positive attitude and his sanity.
We all need that positive attitude in this world.
Thanks kolwdwrkr.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 02:28 PM

Jiu Jitsu..

Thanks for sharing.. I just need an inspiration.


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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:38 PM

I’ve been laid off a few times, & I always looked forward to maybe this as being a good thing.

Now I’ll have a chance to get something better, & it always seemed to work.

If your a professional woodworker you’ll now have a chance to try a different style, or facet of what you’ve been doing.

Once you get the chance to retire like me, all your worries are over.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 03:34 PM

as a profesional wood worker for 45 years ,
there have been times when i got discouraged
and thought of doing something different and easyer ?
what i learned , was to separate my art
from the meat market daily work .
my wood working skills ,
are a gift from God !
now , i am thankfull that i separated these two things ,
as the fire is still burning , and i am free to proceed
into the learning new things place .
i still have my hobby , brain surgery !
it is relaxing , and seems to be working .
i know less and less each day !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 01:18 AM

Always look on the bright side of life because the other side can be very dark & unrewarding.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 01:48 AM

Hello kolwdwrkr;
——great piece of writing and wonder-full words herein that you have penned! And if I may add to this then let me say;

....your struggles are not the obstacles you think they are, but they are the opportunities on the way. I have learned that by taking each and every day as a new day, I can give thanks. What happens next is that the thanks I send out, re-turns to me bearing a blessing.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 03:06 AM

Well put Frank. Thank you for including it in this post!

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 03:22 AM

this is very true Keith. Thanks for the reminder. it’s easy for these concepts to fade away as we work and grind all day long – but reading about it, or talking about every once in a while rekindles that essence, and that light.

thank you!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 08-10-2009 05:17 AM

Well said keith
“Pease be still”

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 06:00 PM


-- 温故知新

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#12 posted 08-10-2009 06:11 PM

I have taken some beatings but am still here!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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