At my karate club people call me Sensei, and my friends just call me Richard.

2017/05/20

Daily karate vlog #58: being underestimated...


Hey it's Richard Mosdell, it's my daily karate Vlog # 58.

Do people underestimate you?

I just want to document that first I was born in one of   the richest countries and one of the   safest places and no matter what I'm   going to succeed, anybody can succeed here   with just a little bit of effort so   there's really nothing to complain about   there's nothing I can really get down on   you know and yet when you're young and I   really learned this, you don't know that   you just are aware of what's in your   area, do you know that there's more   suicides by people who are in first   world countries than in third world countries   especially in countries where education   is forced to be the one and only way to   move forward.

When I was born I had   arthritis my knees I remember people   saying yeah you might not run that fast   even had braces on them but you know   you get over that, when I got older I was   super scrawny and people would say oh   you're karate's not going to get that   good, you're not going to be that be strong   they would even look at you well I   remember time I try to karate pants backwards   first time.

I remember trying to learn   Japanese and having people who could   speak four or five languages go your   English is even bad you were able to met   you weren't even able to pass French in   school you're never going to learn   Japanese you'll never be able to do it,   I remember not only did I want to try out   for my provincial team, but I couldn't,   I remember I wasn't even allowed to join   and I would go to tournaments and watch,   through my whole teenage years people   competing and going, man I wish I could   do that! 

I remember being told I could never go   to Japan or if I did people just laugh   at me because you know my karate is bad I   won't be able to speak Japanese I'll have no   idea what's going on, all those things I   overcame and boy sometimes I've been   lazy, I've been lazy for years at a time   but I remember overcoming them all and I   think the best way to move forward is   definitely listen to people, and don't   listen to them at all. Somebody asked me   why are you trying so hard right now?

Why   are you trying to do the Canada Open?   Why are you trying to help other people with   their troubles in their club when they   they need help? Why are you in a while   you're in your karate club six, seven   days a week? Why do you waste your time   with birthday parties on the weekend?   Because I not even supposed to be in   this organization I'm not supposed to   even be good at karate, I'm not even   supposed to have lasted two weeks in   Japan, I was supposed to be sent back   with the tail between my legs, not last   ten years! Look where I am, isn't this awesome, I   absolutely love being in the club late   at night after everyone's been working   hard.   Someone actually told me today that   I should do less, that we should all do   less, that we should watch more TV, drink   more beer.

You know what,   I'm gonna do more!   You know what's really weird is my   energy level is normal for the karate   group that I came from where I was for   ten years, it was normal to get on the   phone and go "there's 52 weekends in here   how many are we going to fill with karate   events that we can get away with and our   spouses won't kill us? How many can we do? 

There's a hole right there that weekend   there's a hole we got to get something   in there, our kids they need something,   there are not enough tournaments, let's make five,   we don't have enough international trips   let's make six, we made a connection with   someone overseas in Sri Lanka great   we're going to go there every year for   the next 20 years!" That was cool if you   can be positive so people underestimate   you well if you're not talented and I'm not   always, but if it's passionate, what, you're   passionate what you do and you get   results and you can make other people's   lives better, let's do it, let's go out   and do it! 

That's my daily karate vlog   #58, I really really want this space to be   a launching pad for anybody who loves   karate anybody wants to come here and   if there is somebody outside here likes what   we do and wants this vibe I'm going to   bring it to you just like I told someone   this morning, if you're eight hours away and   you need help we're coming so can   underestimate us, you can be a naysayer or   bringing more we're going to do more   this Olympic sunshine and all this   attention and all these great friends   are meeting let's go out and let's do   something big I mean real big let's   really knock it out of the park   let's get excited about who we are, maybe   I have to watch a little less TV   excellent let's get it done.

I'm Richard Mosdell my daily karate vlog a   little karate thoughts documenting the   day, I hope you're having an awesome time   remember if you write to me a question I   will give you a free karate book! That's   right free karate books from Kenzen,   Sonny Leads.

On Wednesday I   pick the best question, can't wait to hear   from you send me your thoughts and by the   way these messages the emails really   love them, like oxygen, have a great night!

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