Martial Arts As a Hobby

Are you considering taking up a hobby but struggling to think of something that really sparks an interest? How about considering the martial arts? Possibly Wing Chun and Jeet Kun Do make a great hobby and can provide you with a number of health benefits as well as quickly become a positive life influence.

Many people think of the arts as something they have to take very seriously with absolute commitment and dedication forcing other aspect of your life or additional hobbies and interests into the sideline. Whilst its true that to become a good martial artist you must commit your time and energy and have plenty of patience and perseverance, it is possible to treat martial arts as a fun pastime and effective way to get fit. This is true for the large majority of people who become involved in some form of the arts. Very few individuals actually expect to use their skills in a real street fight situation but it is nice to know that you have the ability and tools accessible to defend yourself should you ever be required to.

More and more people, especially women are beginning to recognise the benefits that practising the martial arts can provide. As a form of exercise it is non-repetitive and always interesting, which is a sure advantage over the monotony of the gym and other forms of exercise. Martial arts such as Wing Chun, which is the world most popular form of Southern Kung Fu, will promote stamina, strength and flexibility. It is a great way to improve your body and general fitness. Attending a class of student, with whom you will quickly become familiar and comfortable is also a great way to meet new people so as the same time as getting a great work out, there is also an element of socialising.

Even those who started out doing this purely for fun will often find that the challenge of continuous self-improvement to be exciting and stimulating. The arts provide a life-long challenge, as there is always room for improvement. As well as pushing you physically, many find that they are mentally stimulated at the same time. Through the practise your mind is trained to focus on a task and to ignore irrelevant distractions. This is another great benefit of taking up the martial arts as a hobby as the positive effects will be experienced across a variety of aspects of your life.

As you can see there are a great number of reasons that this art can make the perfect hobby. If you have a little extra time each week that you want to spend using to enhance different areas of your life, then the martial arts are well worth considering.

Martial Arts As a Hobby

Are you considering taking up a hobby but struggling to think of something that really sparks an interest? How about considering the martial arts? Possibly Wing Chun and Jeet Kun Do make a great hobby and can provide you with a number of health benefits as well as quickly become a positive life influence.

Many people think of the arts as something they have to take very seriously with absolute commitment and dedication forcing other aspect of your life or additional hobbies and interests into the sideline. Whilst its true that to become a good martial artist you must commit your time and energy and have plenty of patience and perseverance, it is possible to treat martial arts as a fun pastime and effective way to get fit. This is true for the large majority of people who become involved in some form of the arts. Very few individuals actually expect to use their skills in a real street fight situation but it is nice to know that you have the ability and tools accessible to defend yourself should you ever be required to.

More and more people, especially women are beginning to recognise the benefits that practising the martial arts can provide. As a form of exercise it is non-repetitive and always interesting, which is a sure advantage over the monotony of the gym and other forms of exercise. Martial arts such as Wing Chun, which is the world most popular form of Southern Kung Fu, will promote stamina, strength and flexibility. It is a great way to improve your body and general fitness. Attending a class of student, with whom you will quickly become familiar and comfortable is also a great way to meet new people so as the same time as getting a great work out, there is also an element of socialising.

Even those who started out doing this purely for fun will often find that the challenge of continuous self-improvement to be exciting and stimulating. The arts provide a life-long challenge, as there is always room for improvement. As well as pushing you physically, many find that they are mentally stimulated at the same time. Through the practise your mind is trained to focus on a task and to ignore irrelevant distractions. This is another great benefit of taking up the martial arts as a hobby as the positive effects will be experienced across a variety of aspects of your life.

As you can see there are a great number of reasons that this art can make the perfect hobby. If you have a little extra time each week that you want to spend using to enhance different areas of your life, then the martial arts are well worth considering.

Art of Entrepreneurship

Most entrepreneurs are artists because they are in the business of creating or building something new. Something that didn’t exist before them. Otherwise, they are able to creatively improve upon an existing idea.

But not all artists are entrepreneurs. The reason being that it’s difficult for most artists to part with a work after it’s completed. Most times, it has sentimental value to the artist, which is why many artists create for the mere love of it after being inspired. Typically, it isn’t until people start encouraging the artist to sell their work that business even enters their mind. It may start with family members or friends, and spread through word of mouth until you realize you create what someone wants to buy. When it works, it’s a work of art.

Entrepreneurs and artists share at least 7 common traits:

1. Ability to work independently without supervision

2. Seeing inspiration outside of traditional settings

3. Passion for what they create

4. Vision to see the end result before they begin

5. Focus and persistence despite challenges

6. High level of creativity

7. High energy followed by a need for down time to recharge

So it’s not unusual for the two worlds to collide, as it did for artist, Boris Jairala, who discovered a new professional life calling from what began as a hobby. Previous attempts at starting his own business failed. It wasn’t until he combined what he absolutely loved to do, which was paint and create frames, that he found his niche.

Boris was an artist since he was a child, but it wasn’t until his half boxer/half pit bull dog, Chase died after fourteen years that entrepreneurship and art collided. Up to then, Chase had been extremely protective of the family, and a real part of it.

While coping with the loss of his father a week prior and now his dog, Boris threw himself into his art hobby. He painted a portrait of his father and one of his dog. Then, he wanted a place to keep things that were important, so he decided to create a special frame that would hold things behind it. He then wondered if he could also add the ashes. It’s a way to preserve it all in one place.

He can also add audio to it for a special song or recording of the person or pet’s voice. And he customizes the frame to match the interior of a person’s home.

When friends and family visited and saw it, they began asking Boris to create a special frame for them, which is how his new venture was born. He calls it Here After Frames. Below he shares insights and lessons learned.

I had an opportunity to speak with Boris about The Art of Entrepreneurship. Here’s what he had to say.

Q&A INTERVIEW WITH BORIS JAIRALA:

1. When did you first realize you were an entrepreneur?

I realized when I was 19 and bought into my first company. I ran my own office in Manhattan for Body2000.

2. What lessons did you learn from your first business?

I learned how being an inventor and entrepreneur can be most self rewarding career path and a true test of man’s ability to make his own way in this world.

3. When did your passion first become your latest project?

My passion for art and creating started when I was 5. I always enjoyed building and making things. Inventing products and conceptualizing new ideas. I’ve satisfied my need to do this mostly through painting.

4. What lessons have you learned from your latest project?

That ones best and most valuable asset is themselves and if you have something unique and something you truly believe will benefit others… Then go for it. put it out there! I believe in the saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to be an entrepreneur?

Fight through discouragement and fear of failure… it can be your worst enemy. Utilizes all your resources… there are many your not aware of.

6. What is your goal now?

The goal now is to have my products sold by most memorial product vendors internationally.

7. Who inspires you in your work?

My father, who lived the “American dream” of arriving here with just a few dollars to his name, to owning his own and very successful auto business within 15 years.

8. What is the best aspect of your work?

The best aspect of my work is that I can use my creativity to actually help someone deal with the grief of a loved one that has passed.

9. What is the worst aspect of your work?

The worst aspect is that I cannot make it available to everyone due to a lack of funds at the moment.

10. What makes your current business unique?

The uniqueness is the product the business is based on. It’s versatility allows us to customize our frames in indefinite ways.

Boris Jairala holds the only patent in the world for this unique frame. He reminds me of another entrepreneur named David Green, who began making miniature wood frames out of his garage in 1997. He loved art and making these little frames. Then, friends began asking David to create the miniature frames for them, so they could buy them. He borrowed a few hundred dollars from family to start making more of them. Today, David is worth $4.5 billion net, listed on FORBES as the owner of Hobby Lobby.

John Ruskin said, “When love and art work together, expect a masterpiece.” That’s the true art of entrepreneurship.

The 5 Most Expensive Hobbies

People look for different ways to relieve stress caused by work and other demands. Many look for outlets to have fun for a diversion. Hobbies of different kinds are available to help release the stress. You can find an expensive or inexpensive one. There are various expensive hobbies out there, and costs may reach to thousands of dollars. Here is a list of the five most expensive hobbies in the world (ranked according to range of expense)

5. Skydiving

Number 5 on the most expensive hobbies list is skydiving. This extreme blood-pumping sport rush would cost you an average of $250 to $300 per sky jump, and about $1,500 for a bundle package of seven to ten jumps. Having one jump a week means you should have a budget of $1,000 a month, and if you do the math, you will spend an average of $12,000 per year just for sky diving.

4. Flying and Aviation

Number 4 of the most expensive hobbies is aviation. Flight trainings and courses are required for you to obtain a pilot license and it is really expensive. Average expense can go up to $5,000 and more. If you opt to purchase a plane and maintain it as well, expenses could go from $100,000 and more. The option of renting a plane would be cheaper and cost you about $80 an hour, it’s still a lot of money.

3. Drag Racing

Number 3 on the list is drag racing. This hobby is for the extreme guy who has an urge for speed. In order to reach over 300 miles per hour, you should use a fuel that has a special combination of methanol and nitro-methane. The fuel alone is expensive, pushing the costs up for a single drag race. The costs add up even more if purchasing the dragster vehicle and its performance car parts, and maintaining it can go from the range of $200,000 up to $1 million.

2. Car Collection

Number 2 of the most expensive hobbies list is car collecting. Here is an example. A classic 1937 Bugatti Type 57S would cost $4.4 million, while a 1961 Ferrari California would usually cost $10.8 million or more depending if it has stock or performance parts. A typical car collector would collect cars that are either a unique and rare type, or cars that have performance parts and fully customized. Jay Leno, Ralph Lauren and Jerry Seinfeld are car collectors who have the most expensive car collections in the world.

1. Art Collection

Number 1 on the most expensive hobbies list is art collecting. It is the most expensive hobby in the world, since it involves the collection of different statues, paintings, and sculptures while prices range from thousands to millions of dollars. You should have over a million dollars if you are a serious collector, as pieces of art works are getting rarer, and becoming more expensive as time passes. Some collectors purchase reproductions and forgeries, and these artworks also cost thousands. The original masterpiece entitled “The Card Players” by Paul Cezanne is the most expensive artwork ever sold. It sold for a whopping $250 million in 2011.

Discover How to Turn Your Stained Glass or Craft Hobby Into a Money Making Business

Everyone would just love to find out how to turn their hobbies, passions, etc. into ways to earn a living and design their lives. Yes, we are aware that money isn’t everything and that isn’t the reason we personally do anything. There are bigger forces involved that cause us to want to get money out of the way. Like helping others learn, enjoy, while enjoying ourselves. So, if you’re thinking this is just about money, you’re mistaken.

When we’re kids growing up we dream of miraculous things we want to be. Somewhere along the line our dreams don’t always turn into reality and for many of us we turn to becoming realistic instead of optimistic and we settle for doing things that we don’t necessarily want to do.

Come on, you mean to tell me you dreamed of being an administrative assistant, a collections agent, or an accountant? (Yes, I’m an accountant and no offense if you are the above – just trying to make a point).

Well in this information packed article, I want to share with you how you can turn your stained glass making hobby or any hobby for that matter into a money making business.

It probably won’t be easy and chances are you’ll have to learn some new things, but it could be completely worth it in the end. Imagine enjoying your retirement while bringing in extra income instead of working at Wal-Mart. Imagine replacing your income at the job you hate and doing something you love. Imagine dreaming again like when you were a kid. Feel how alive you’ll feel instead of the drudgery you feel when you sluff off to work each day. Imagine a part-time income to supplement the job you do love that pays for things you barely are able to save for.

This can all happen, but you are going to need a plan of attack:

Here are some of the things you’ll want to jot down and some of the tips that have helped other businesses become successful vs. the ones that don’t.

**Why do you want to do this? Your reason(s) why are very important.

**Goals & Dreams. From how much money you want to make to how much time you’re willing to put in. Write down your wishes, your dreams, and your goals. Set time-frames. It really does work!

**What types of products/services will you sell? Yes, you’ll have your craft products, but what about other types of products? What about your knowledge, tools, supplies, the art itself, etc…
There are many ways to bring in money while helping others enjoy your art!

**Is there a need, want, market for what you’re offering? How are you going to be different than all the other folks selling their art/crafts? I can’t tell you how many festivals and shows I’ve been to where every other tent is the same type of product. The question you must ask is, what makes me want to buy something over the hundreds of other products being offered? You can sell the same type of product as others, but your service, delivery, price, and other aspects are what makes people buy from you.

**How are you going to set up your business? This is a good time to seek the advice of an accountant or attorney. Don’t go spend hundreds of dollars yet. Spend time on some of these other things first before you go setting up shop. You can also start out with just a business name and reseller’s license (if your state requires one). This gives you the ability to purchase from manufacturers and wholesale companies.

**How are you going to promote, market, sell, and distribute your products? This section is crucial. If you are doing this in your spare time, you must ensure you set up a system of sorts that will do most of the work for you and enable you to work smart instead of hard.

**Speaking of marketing and selling, what will be your means of doing this? How are you going to let people know that your art is worth buying? There are many ways and many books written on these subjects whether you have zero budget or a large budget to work with. Some here include, shows, fairs, flea markets, auctions, websites, direct mail, joint ventures, home selling, open a store, advertising in publications, writing expert articles, and more. Aside from actually making your art, this is the most fun and exciting part! This part will also make or break your business!

**How about a budget or cash flow? Chances are you’re spending money each month or so, on your hobby now. Just allocate that to a marketing and selling budget and work within your means. Allow for the purchase of additional tools, supplies, software, and so forth that will be necessary to make this all happen. You can do things on a shoe-string, but you must plan accordingly. Now is a good time to consult an accountant regarding business set up, taxes, and budgets.

All of this goes for anyone who wants to start a business whether you want to make $100 per month or $100,000,000 per year.

There are entire books, courses, and more designed on this subject. I have read and followed many. It’s simple to follow, but not easy to do. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

However, since you’re already spending time on your hobby/passion, now you just need to implement some additional steps to turn those pieces of art and your knowledge into a thriving business.

We hope this help shed some light on what you’ll need to do to start a successfully, selling company around your art/craft.

We have seen too many folks spinning their wheels trying to make something work when with a little homework, they could’ve saved themselves a lot of headaches. Don’t let that be you!!!