What is in a name?

The idea of naming a school after my self is not something I want to do. I do not like the idea of building a school around an individual. A school is a place where a community trains together in a shared way to achieve individual goals.

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The only way to be

If I have learned anything, I have learned that the more selfless I can be, the better results I can generate. Seriously, selfless over selfish every time. It is counter intuitive to think a shift in focus from our needs to the needs of others can bring us what we need in a greater abundance. But, it is true. I am saying you have to be a martyr, I am saying that our niche is always found in what others need.

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The hurt business

We are what we allow ourselves to be. In victory or defeat we define the lesson of that moment and decide how we will carry it forward. Everything has value. Our greatest victory can be our greatest personal defeat and our greatest loss can be the wisest teacher. No matter what, we have to get up the day after and decide how we are going to live.

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Priorities

It’s been toooo long. I haven’t written any posts or created much content at all for over 4 months. Why is that? It is from having another child! If I am ever going to take a break and focus on something different, a newborn is a pretty good reason!

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Where I get my bad intentions from

To this day, I always approach everything as if we are outsiders. I assume everything rigged against us. I am not paranoid, I am accepting that when we leave things to chance, there are no guarantees what the result will be. We do not have the luxury of coasting, we have to kill (figuratively), to ensure victory.

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What is your title?

Ok, I am sure to take some heat for this. I see lots of people using “professor” as their title in BJJ. Here is the thing, if you are Brazilian with Portuguese as your 1st language, I have no issue with you calling your teacher “professor”, because in Portuguese, it means teacher! The English definition for “Professor” does not apply.

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The struggle is real

I know people offline that represent themselves as happy but are actually suffering. It is not an exclusively online issue. We all wear a mask to get thru some tough days. It's not that we wear a mask, it is how long and why that is the issue.

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Fill the void

You do not have to dwell on failure and mistakes. You do not have to “fix” what you are not good at. You do not have to believe you are broken or incomplete. The key is accepting who you are, having a clear picture of where you want to go, and you have to start putting in work you can believe in on the path to what and where you want to go and be.

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"Because you can" is not a reason

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Think about how many things you do because you think you can get away with it. How many corners do we cut because we can get away with it but we know it is the wrong thing to do? How many excuses have we made to justify these actions? Nobody is innocent, we all have done it.

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