“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
When I started teaching back in 1979 I was told I wouldn’t succeed. I didn’t use ‘belts’ I didn’t have levels… I was told again in the mid 80’s that I wouldn’t survive ‘just’ teaching self-defense… Then again in the 90’s & into 2000 I was told my approach was too hardcore, that I swore too much, that I alienated other martial arts instructors, that I was elitist, I even had a [former] staff employee tell me “my standards were too high” – wtf?? So it was nice to read Seth’s blog “Do you have to pander?” 30 years after I made my move :-)
After reading that, check out my article “Lowering the Bar”, published in 2004.