We know that circumstances, whether they be people or events, can have a profound influence on our lives. Things like strict traditional cultures or rooted societal perceptions may act against your desires and negatively shape the way you see and interact with the world.
And yet, in some cases, these influences may actually be a positive development that can help bring you closer to your goals.
For example, you may meet an expert in the field or skill you are interested in or someone who has already attained the goals you seek. It is good to learn to recognize these positive influences, but more importantly, it is crucial to determine if they can really add value to your life.
In my case, it was meeting my first master in martial arts. He was a Buddhist monk who not only defied South Korean society’s values by supporting my dream to become a teacher but even took me on as his student despite it being forbidden for girls to learn.
He taught me martial arts, inspired me to take the path that brought me here today, and helped positively shape my values even beyond martial arts.