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Marcus Cortez
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • United States
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Adults (ages 13+)
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Internet and word of mouth, mutual friend is a brown belt at Zen

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Brown Belt Project - 7 Habits Journal #2

This is the second installment of my Brown Belt Project, where I will be discussing the second habit in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” namely, to “begin with the end in mind.” It focuses primarily on developing a principle based center, rather than leaning towards some of the problematic centers discussed in exercise four below. It then discusses developing my own guiding principles and integrating them into a personal mission statement, an…


Posted on May 3, 2013 at 1:26am

Brown Belt Project - The Seven Habits

For my brown belt project, I have chosen a personal challenge in the area of personal management. Having an active and curious lifestyle, I am aware of challenges with managing my thoughts and managing my time, both of which are essential to pursuing my most important goals and lifetime desires. In order to provide a formal structure to my personal management goals, Sensei Oliver referred me to “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” a bestselling book by Stephen Covey, one of the…


Posted on April 7, 2013 at 9:19am

Green Belt Project: Midtown Saves the Music

In order to fulfill the community service project requirement to test for my green belt, I teamed up with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and organized a charity fundraiser concert at Luigi’s Fun Garden (1050 20th St Sacramento).  The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools, and raising awareness…


Posted on September 13, 2012 at 1:30pm

Karate-Do, My Way of Life

Reading “Karate-Do, My Way of Life” aloud to my girlfriend, while she painted, was of utmost pleasure to us both, and I could go into great length of reflection. In a number of chapters, for instance, Gichin Funakoshi describes the growth of a Karate novice, about the clearing of mind and about attaining a love for the process of personal growth and challenge, rather than a love of any subsequent accomplishment. I believe I have discussed these aspects to some length with you in person, so I…


Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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