As we embark on the 4th era of IT (Cognitive), we must recognize the foundational cornerstone that allows us as Masters to achieve excellence. That is to “Lead by Example”. Being a lifelong martial arts practitioner under Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, I have recited a student creed that has transcended my awareness to applying physical-business action that I would like to share with you.
To build true confidence through knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body. To keep friendship with one another and to build a strong and happy community. Never fight to achieve selfish ends, but to develop Might for Right!
At a variety of intersections of career development, you must know HOW to apply this student creed through a variety of action. The “7 Qualities of a Champion” has not only been my internal cognitive engine, but for many great martial arts peers such as Tony Robbins.
- Quickness (Alertness and Market Change Awareness): Mind and body must be synchronized so that thought and the resultant action becomes virtually one. In today's fast-paced business environment, deferring action on a decision made today until tomorrow often means a lost opportunity.
- Endurance (Perseverance and Persistence): Just as development in the martial arts requires long hours of practice, success in life often requires perseverance. Research has shown that 80 percent of sales are made on the fourth or fifth approach to a customer, and only 20 percent are made on the first, second, or third sales attempt.
- Timing(Punctuality and Delivery on Time): The discipline to respect our own use of time is one way to develop self-respect, the first step toward respect for others. Being punctual is the first basis for success in business; it is one of the major building blocks upon which our business reputation is built.
- Power(Knowledge and Financial Strength): Knowledge and wisdom are built by listening to reason and conscience. Knowledge and wisdom are like power a student develops through practice in the martial arts: constant exercise of our abilities leads to success and happiness.
- Balance (Rationality and Balancing Supply & Demand): A balance of wisdom, good character, and health are essential to build a rational and productive life. If our words and actions are at odds, we introduce irrationality and instability into our lives and society.
- Flexibility (Gentleness and Adaptability): Gentleness goes hand-in-hand with flexibility, the ability to adjust and respond naturally to whatever circumstances and events we may encounter in life. Like water, if we learn to yield to others, we can learn to work together to build a better world of truth, beauty, and love that leads to happiness.
- Posture (Honesty and Business Integrity): Honesty and posture derive from balanced beauty in mind and body. The posture of integrity in business is an important key to success.