How Good is Good Enough?

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By Roger Phillips, Owner of Fight Focused Concepts

This is a rhetorical question that I have asked many times, from many different people. The question is not just about the answer, the question is much more about the journey. Everyone has individual based goals and dreams, to sit back and judge another persons goals and dreams, without the requisite knowledge base is the height of ignorance and arrogance. If you have no idea what a persons goals are, how can you judge the perceived path from your absolute position of ignorance. I find the vast majority of people to be overly judgmental of people who they hardly know anything about.

We all know that there are people out there that lack motivation and are happy with their mediocrity. But, they are not really the topic of this article. The topic of this article is those that strive for excellence, excellence in whatever arena that you so choose. It does not really matter what area the excellence is pursued, because the pursuit of excellence is conceptual and there are many corresponding, overlapping, and congruent similarities across all of the categories. The focus of this article is on your mindset and the way people perceive you due to your quest for excellence.

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This is an attitude and mindset that permeates from those that seek out excellence. It is an understanding we will never know everything and everything can still be improved on. This belief leads to a very fulfilling life of exploration, discovery, accomplishment, and triumph to those that have the wherewithal to take on the journey. Some people will join in and help with the journey and some people will jump in to come along for the ride to have the opportunity to benefit from the journey. Some people will be dragged “kicking and screaming” until there is no other option than to accept the truths that were discovered during the quest that they did not originally see as being necessary.

Unfortunately, there is also a group of “close-minded naysayers” (CMNs) that will never accept the work that has been put in, never admit to the excellence that was achieved, and never even get that there was a need to push for that level of excellence. People such as these are the bane of excellence! They do everything they can to make people believe that the work was not necessary and to hamper it in whatever manner they can. The CMNs are the type of people who the only way they can lift themselves up, is by attempting to tear down those around them. We have all met people like this, their game and their weakness is plain as day. But, unfortunately there is a minority of people who actually allow the CMNs to have an effect on them and follow their lead in their quest for mediocrity.

For the most part, the CMNs are easily circumvented. But, sometimes they have to be cut from your life like a cancer.

Never allow anyone to stand in your way for your quest for excellence, because “good enough” should never be accepted by those that want to hit the paragon of excellence.

Why Do You Teach?

By Roger Phillips, Owner of Fight Focused Concepts

We all have our reasons why and some of those reasons are much more honorable than just doing it for money. Sure, it is nice to be paid for an expertise that you have acquired due to spending your hard-earned money and your extremely valuable time. But money is not everything! Sometimes we teach due to a much higher calling.IMG_1146

So I ask those that do teach, “why do you teach?

I’ll start with my story.

I have been teaching in some form or another since I was a very young boy. My father taught me how to fight and I passed those skills on to most of my friends. It was one thing to know how to fight, but it was always better when all of my friends knew how to fight also. Alone, you were a force that caused concern……together, almost nobody messed with us. When you are on the streets……nobody messing with you is a very important thing……a matter of “life or death” thing. So in the beginning “teaching” was done as something that ultimately benefited me. Sure, were there times that I had to fight friends that I had taught? Of course there were! Having friends that pushed you to a higher standard was always seen as a plus. ”

“Iron sharpens iron as one man sharpens another.”


In this time period, teaching was about self-preservation, status, and the strength of the pride.

As time went on the call of the street began to fade and the endless crime and violence were beginning to take their toll on me. I was already dead and had nothing to live for past that final inevitable fight. Then I met a man, an Instructor, and a God send, his name was Jerry Shopfner. He could teach any course in the Community College, but he chose to teach the people who were the roughest in the school, the Auto Collision Repair students. He chose to teach “the street” because he was once “street.” When he was young, he was labeled a “moron” because he had dyslexia before anyone knew what dyslexia was. He dropped out of school at twelve years old and started working at a body shop. At eighteen he met a man who understood dyslexia and taught him that he was not a moron. Jerry went back to school and took courses every year until I met him. He was sixty-three when I met him and a Professor that could teach any course in the College. Inside of these so-called “Collision Repair Courses” Jerry would also teach us business, philosophy, psychology, and anything else he thought that we needed. “Street” would pass on going to lunch to just hang out in Jerry’s office while he taught us the tools to fight our way out of the gutter.

I credit the man for saving my life.


Teaching took on a new meaning to me. It became a moral obligation, to pass onto others what had been done for me. I will never reach the level of greatness that Jerry thrived in, but I will spend the rest of my life trying. Before I became a Firearms Instructor I taught numerous “rough around the edges” guys, how to achieve the American dream. I cannot possibly tell you the number of guys that I took from being unemployed to six figures, within a couple of years. And once again, did I have to compete with some of these guys? Yes, I did! A hard man never shy’s away from quality competition. Fear is for wimps! Do what is right, never look back, and always remember to honor those that have given you so much by passing on the blessing that were bestowed onto you.

Becoming a Self Defense/Firearms Instructor is as natural as breathing to me. Teaching  good people how to protect themselves and those under their care is the most honorable thing that I can possibly do. I have some things to make up for and teaching matters of “life and death” to the very best of my ability will give me a chance to make amends, honor Jerry for what he did for me, and to do the most good that I possibly can. My perception may be skewed due to my past, but to me, being an Instructor is the most honorable thing that I can possibly do. Due to the extent of this belief I have made some very clear choices and take on a very solid oath.


I will never teach or sell anything that I do not have a 100% belief in. There will be no compromising on this oath, because to do so wipes out everything that I have worked towards since my life was saved by a man who taught me what he had a 100% belief in.

Next story!

Welcome To Fight Focused Concepts Blog


By Roger Phillips, Owner of Fight Focused Concepts

I have had many people contact me, concerned over the fact that most of my writings have been deleted and that I no longer have a place to write. I assure you all that this is not a problem that I did not foresee. All of my writings have been saved and will once again become available to anyone that is interested in reading them. Along with the older material, I have been holding back on publishing the new material that I have developed and written. Over time I will get all of these writings up on the blog.

As it stands, I have many irons in the fire and everything will be unveiled when the timing is right.