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Dear Boss

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on October 25, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Dear Boss,

I hate you.  I hate that you have me up so early in the morning the sun isn’t even awake.  You drive me so hard, working long hours in a day and by the time the week is finished I’m spent.  All I’m able to do is eat and sleep – I don’t even get to go to the boxing gym anymore over lunch as there’s work to be done.  My training is slipping in favour of your insatiable goal of reaping the mighty dollar and for what?  Because you have everyone coming after you for money?  That’s not my problem.

However, perhaps I should be grateful that I even have a job in today’s world with the economy the way it is.  I should be happy with all I have.  Still, I wonder if there’s someway you can change that hectic schedule of mine to include more of the one thing I have such a strong love-hate relationship with…sorry…my bad…back to work I go…



Jay-Z State of Mind

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on October 17, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Watched Jay-Z on Oprah’s Masterclass series a while back.  Said he was taught to walk fast through the projects so that if anyone was tailing him, they wouldn’t be able to keep up.  I believe this also taught another important life-lesson.

While it’s not the projects, the Darkside at night, with its ~7 bars, brand new sex shop and all-nite pizzeria, lights up with undesirables when I leave the clinic to walk to the car.

But walking fast has more to do with being a modern-day hustler than getting away from the baddies.  I park several blocks away to avoid the $12.00 fee to park.  I walk fast for the exercise of it.  I walk fast because I’m going places.


A Busy Day and Some Indian Chai

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags on October 16, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’ve got a busy day.  So I’ve poured the Indian Chai to awaken my senses.  It wasn’t like this three weeks ago.

Some might call it a drought or a dip or whatever.  I could probably sum it up as: worst summer ever in five years.  It was really stressing.

But I believed in it all: myself, the work and the Great Spirit.  It actually started about a year ago when I had decided to move.  Folks get a little edgy when their acupunk is leaving town.  They leave, too.

But I did what Chinese medicine and Gung-Fu has taught me all my life: stay the course.  Put one foot in front of the other, do not become attached to good outcomes nor bad, and all will be right in the end.

And it is.  Keep pushing.  Forward.

Bait and Switch – The Offer

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , on October 2, 2012 by ctkwingchun

“Hey there!  How are you doing?  Listen – the students love you.  I mean, you’re a superstar – everyone loves you.  You’re a great teacher.  Our college really needs people like you.”

“Thank you very much.”

“What we’d like to do is hire you on full-time.  You can work from 8:30-5:30 Monday through Friday and we’ll pay you salary.  What do you think?”

“Well…um…that won’t work…because, as you know, I run two clinics.  So I’d still need to see my patients.  I could shut down one of my clinics but then I’d still need to run two days a week at one clinic.  Could we do 20 hours a week – just an idea?”

“But clinic is so up and down.  Plus, with our college pumping out more graduates, there will be more competition and it will be harder for you to make money.  A good salary job is the way to go.”


“We want someone young, energetic and you’ve got great marketing ideas.  We want someone to commit to our school and teach 50% of the time and do administration 50% of the time.  I don’t think it would work with just 20 hours a week.”

“But what about the executive director?  Isn’t this all his job?”

“Yes, but, you see, his contract is ending and in it we agreed that he get new programs up and running and that he get 25 new students every year.  He’s failed to do that so we just can’t afford to pay someone that amount of money so we’re going to have to get rid of him.”

(“Really?  So you’re going to sh*t-can my friend – the guy who got me this job – who you probably pay $100’000/year, hire me as his replacement, pay me less than his salary for more hours in a week than I work now and I’ll work on contract with you so you can shit-can me anytime you want as well?  Well then…”)

“I don’t think this is going to work…”

“Think about it.”

(“I will.  And next week, I’ll kindly decline your offer after I’ve made you sweat a bit.  I’m off to work at my unstable clinic which gives me more freedom than your boot on top of my face.”)

Getting Paid

Posted in Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on July 5, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Step one: Get told that you *might* not get paid for your acupuncture article.

Step two: Agree to write the article.

Step three: Present the article and request, politely, that you’d like to get paid for your work.  Suggest a price based on previous compensation.  Also, present with a future topic to show longevity in the field.  Mentally prepare your response in the event that no money will be given for the work.

Step four: Receive email agreeing to payment.  Work with the editor to ensure that any edits make sense.

Step five: Read contract carefully; sign contract.


Not Getting Paid

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on June 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

About four years ago, a year after I opened my Chinese medicine clinic, I let people cancel and no-show without reprimand (read: payment).  What finally forced me to charge a fee was a day I’ll never forget.

Mortgage was coming out that Friday and I had three no-shows and two late cancellations.  I was out a lot of money and I immediately put signs up on all my doors.  I also put a new paragraph after the informed consent portion that my patients would have to initial regarding the new fee.

Just recently, I was introduced to an editor of a well-known magazine.  After pitching my article idea to him, he told me to go for it.  Two days later on the phone he steered my article in the direction he wanted to see it go.  I wanted the gig, and I like to try to be flexible, so I agreed.  As the conversation came to a close, he slipped in that he might not be able to pay me, but the self-promotion because of the exposure would be great.

I’ve finished the article and have to send it to him today.  I’ve been struggling with how I’m going to approach how much I want to get paid for the work.  I came to the conclusion that I would do this one for free, just to get my foot in the door, and then the next one ask to be paid.  And then something happened.

My car died.  The valve seat came loose and forced a bunch of little pieces through the engine.  ‘Terminal’ was the word my mechanic used.  So here I am again, forced to make a stand, not only on principle but on how my world works.  A new payment will be coming out of my bank account – one we haven’t had for a few years.  And I need to get paid.  And if he won’t pay me, someone else will.


Money Relations

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , on January 25, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Five years later running my own business and I might be getting this right.

Money.  What a strange and powerful beast.  Need it, but not supposed to have it.  Have it, but not supposed to show it.  Religious and cultural implications in a capitalistic-driven world.

Analyze: What do you I need to live on?  Mortgage, heat the home, groceries, insurance, gas, food, children’s programs.

Analyze: Chinese medicine concept of Heart-Mind (Xin).  Where’s the focus?  How much can I focus on at a given time in my life?  Can I focus on two acupuncture practices, teaching, writing, homeschooling, marriage, family, friends, boxing, Wing Chun, BJJ, Escrima, Facebook, Twitter, emails, etc at the same time?  What suffers when spread too thin?

Analyze: Focus on acupuncture practices = money = less stress = more enjoyable time spent with family = happiness.  Plus, my job is awesome and I know it.  I enjoy it.  I’m good at it.  And doggone it, people like me.

Affirmation: Why do I always have enough money?

  • Because I don’t spend my money
  • Because I don’t live beyond my means
  • Because I save my money
  • Because I highly value money
  • Because I help people and they pay me for it
  • Because I don’t spread my Heart-Mind too thin
  • Because (put yours here)


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