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MSP Business | April 6, 2018

Great MSP Business Lessons from ‘Karate Kid’ Reboot Movie

MSP BusienssWouldn’t it be great if your MSP business would have the same box office success as the movie Karate Kid in 2010? Though there was nothing new to the story line of the reboot movie from the original film except for the change of setting, the actors who played the characters, and that the martial arts used was Kung Fu instead of Karate, moviegoers still loved the movie.

There is something about this underdog story that worked so well with the audience. It is something everybody could relate to because, at some point in everyone’s life, we have been the underdog, the bullied, the nobody, etc. Your MSP business may be like Dre (Jaden Smith) in the saturated IT service market and your competition is getting you down. But don’t you worry, we have Mr. Han’s (Jackie Chan) lines to help you in your training for success.

“Jacket on! Jacket off!”

Mr. Han taught his student (Jaden Smith) the simple act of putting on and taking off a jacket. He did this without knowing why for days and eventually learned that it was a defense movement and the repetitive actions are designed to build muscle memory. The subconscious mind is similar in that it takes repetition and effort to orient itself with a goal; but once it does, it becomes unstoppable.

“Being still and doing nothing are two very different things.”

The ability to stay calm under stress is essential in your IT business. Inner calm and stillness are sources of great strength that will get you through difficult situations. A calm mind will help you think better and work more effectively.

“Your focus needs more focus.”

Focus is required in any form of work in your business, whether it is in marketing, sales, technical support, customer service or back office tasks. Without focus, efficiency gets compromised and it has a domino effect on the rest of the departments. Therefore, it is important to empty the mind of matters that do not concern your responsibilities at work and concentrate on the goals you need to accomplish.

“You think only with your eyes, so you are easy to fool.”

A shallow perspective in business will not lead you to the road of success. Your company will experience the tides of challenges and if your mindset is not deeply rooted in your vision and goals, then your business will be destroyed by the waves. You need to deal with problems by creating solutions that address the cause and not just to mitigate its effects.

“Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.”

Just like in life, your business will face setbacks. Your projects, presentations, and campaigns will not always go as planned. However, the critical part here is how you respond to these challenges. Will just accept defeat or try again and learn from your mistakes? You need to build business resiliency for the trials that may come your way.

The Karate Kid remake shows the core idea of the need for massive repetition to successfully control your own thoughts and change your behavior when it comes to managing your MSP business. It also teaches that in business, it is not always smooth sailing. You will go through rough seas and the only way to get past them is by having well-honed skills, perseverance, commitment and positive thinking.


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