Here's WHY I started PRESTIGE!

Here's WHY I started PRESTIGE!

I was always told to do good in school, get good grades, so that you can get a good job, and make lots of money to live a happy life. This logic was so ingrained in me that I did just that. I graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a major in Civil Engineering. I started my first salary job making decent money at age 23, so financially I was a little more than comfortable. I got the good job, got a decent pay every 2 weeks, but the only thing that was missing from the picture was a happy life. 

You would think that being financially comfortable would make me happy, but the struggle working 8+ hours a day on something I have no PASSION for wasn't worth it. I would get into my section of the cubicle by 8am and wouldn't leave the building on average until 8pm. After work I would have dinner, maybe go to the gym if I wasn't too tired, and repeat the whole process the next day. I had such a small time window after work to actually enjoy life that it really felt that my life was work. The thought of living this "life" until I retired sparked something in me to finally make a change.

Taekwondo has been my passion since I started at 5 years old, but it never occurred to me throughout my education that it can also be my career. Unlike Engineering, Taekwondo gave me a sense of PURPOSE. Helping people figure out how to become the greatest versions of themselves had a lot more meaning than the projects I was working on as an engineer. Not to discredit Engineering, I believe it is an amazing career to get into but it just wasn't right for me. So with that ideology in mind, I took the jump and created PRESTIGE! I was scared when I signed the lease because I had no idea how things were going to turn out. The fear of the unknown was something I had to get used to, but I trusted my passion and work ethic that I wasn't going to fail. 

I still work long hours, not yet as comfortable financially, but I am truly HAPPY with everything that's going on in my life. I enjoy every minute of running PRESTIGE and teaching classes. There are times where I am stressed, but at least i'm stressing on something that i'm passionate about which helps keep me going.

So moral of the story, don't just get yourself a job that will provide for you financially. Do something that your are actually passionate about and make it work. Passion will always win in the end, so don't try to steer away from it. Love What you do; Do what you love! 

- Master Nam


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