Lesson on how to build a successful business from Mr Miyagi in The Karate Kid. Waxing the car, painting the fence, sanding the deck. It’s all like building a successful business really.
Good morning! Welcome to The Drive. What a strange morning.
I’m looking in front of me and I can see the moon. It’s like a faint moon in the sky right there. And behind me is the Sun, what a strange thing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.
Anyway… It is the start of another week. We’re on the way to Internet Profits HQ, here in the UK.
This weekend I happened to turn on the TV (I don’t watch a lot of television, to be honest). Sat down, turned on the TV, was just about to eat some food… and…
One Of My Favorite Movies Of All Time
…(in the top 10 at least, I’m sure) was on. And it was The Karate Kid.
The original Karate Kid, right? There should be only one Karate Kid… with Daniel LaRusso and Mr Miyagi. And, y’know, it made me think of, when you’re doing new things, like, in your business.
When You’re First Starting Your Business…
…for example, and you’re having to learn all this new stuff that you’ve never heard of before. And it’s like, “What on earth is it?” or “How des it all connect?” “How does this, work with with this – how does it do it?”
At all different stages of your business, you’re going to go through those moments where you, like, y’know, “Ah, I just bought Infusionsoft, a CRM system – how does all this work?” And it’s all…
New Information Going Into Your Head
And it was kind of like when when The Karate Kid was was being taught by Mr Miyagi. He made a deal with him – he’s like, “I will train you to do karate to defend yourself, for the the tournament, and your part of the deal is… you will listen to everything I say, and you’ll do what I say, without any questions.”
He’s like, “Yes”, Daniel-san agrees. And then he turns up the next morning to start his karate lessons, what Daniel-san thinks is obviously going to be how to throw a punch, how to kick, how to a block, how to defend.
And the first thing Mr Miyagi has him do is wax the car, and he teaches the famous thing,
“Wax On, Wax Off”
And he’s like, “Okay”. Just thinks it’s a chore he’s getting him to do, in exchange for payment of training him.
Then the next day, he teaches him to sand the deck.He’s like, “Okay this is like, sand, sand.” (circular motion of hands). Next day turns up, “Paint the fence.” Next time turns up, “Paint the house (side to side)”
And he gets angry at this point, right? He’s like really frustrated. Mr Miyagi comes back from fishing and he says, “What the hell’s going on? You’ve been fishing all day!
“You Said You’d Teach Me Karate – You Ain’t Taught Me Nothing!”
He’s really peed off about it, “You’ve taught me nothing, all you’ve had me do is be your slave for the last week.”
And y’know, he’s like Wax On. Boom! Blocks the punch! Right? You probably know the story.
But the moral of it ultimately is…
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