Are you and prepared to deal with an unexpected injury or personal emergency?
I’m not talking about having good health care, I’m talking about your school being sufficiently prepared to deal with you being unable to teach. I’m talking about a plan B to make sure your school survives and your students can continue training if something happens to you.
You may have high ranking belts capable of stepping in from time to time to teach class, but do you have a plan in place to deal with such an emergency?
I ask because I was unprepared when I had to deal with this in the past, am right now dealing with a dental emergency (as I type this) and I am currently creating a plan for KTKD to make sure our school is prepared to deal with a surgery that will have my dad out of commission for six weeks this summer.
Most instructors never confront this until it’s too late.
When you’re healthy, it’s natural to not spend time thinking about “what if’s”. When you’re young, you think you’re invincible and don’t give many dangerous activities a second thought. There’s even some of you who are older and still think that way!
There’s nothing wrong with being an adrenaline junkie, I’m one myself. I think jumping off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas or jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet sounds like a good time. But what happens if (like most instructors) you are teaching all the classes, signing up new members, collecting tuition and managing the mountain of other miscellaneous activities that your school requires and you are out of commission for weeks?
Nothing. Nothing happens.
WAIT! I’m wrong. Something does happen… and that something is that your livelihood comes to a frightening halt and your school becomes in danger of shutting down.
Even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, there’s still countless ways that you could be injured or accidents that can happen. Anything from getting older to a car accident could sideline you for weeks or more and place your livelihood in danger.
When you run a business and that business model is overly dependent on one person (you), AND that one person can not perform their duties… that business is in great danger.
Please take the time to sit down and create a strategy for dealing with this. This isn’t a waste of time or giving in to some form of paranoia, it’s responsible planning to ensure the continuation and success of your business.
There is no specific plan to put in place. It’s entirely dependent on your specific situation and what needs to be taken care of. But something needs to be put in place.
It is your responsibility to your students, your family and to yourself to make certain that you are always in the best possible position to continue making a difference for others through Taekwon-Do and to keep doing what it is you love.
About the Author:
Senior Instructor – Karstadt Taekwon-Do
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com