Hardwired For Optimism

There is a fourteen million to one chance that you will be disappointed every time you buy a six digit lottery ticket. Add to that the fact that, even if your lottery ticket does not immediately lead to disappointment, you have a 70% chance of even more disappointment in your future, in the form of…

If You Don’t Change, Your Situation Will

If you are looking for an excuse to not show up, perhaps you are in the wrong line of work. There was a guy who worked at the coffee shop I used to manage who was there before I took over. He had some personal issues that I was sympathetic about, but the store needed…

Busy is an Excuse to Not Make a Choice

“If we use busy as an excuse for not doing something, what we are really, really saying is that it’s not a priority. It’s not as important to us.” -Debbie Millman More and more, we find ourselves saying how busy we are or that we are too busy for certain things or certain people. While…

Resolving the Wrong Notes

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” – Miles Davis When the doors of Kogen Dojo opened, after a lot of anticipation and hard work, we had a brief moment to step back and really appreciate what we had…

Finding the Martial Art That Best Addresses Your Personal Goals

Originally published in Severna Park Voice, January 2019 For those interested in martial arts in our modern age, the sheer volume of information and options can be overwhelming. Many people will default to that which is close, convenient, or shows up at the top of a Google search. If we think about martial arts as…