This topic comes up a lot among Jiu Jitsu instructors and I know some gyms enforce a tardy policy for arriving late to class.
As a high school teacher, it seems 50% of my time is spent dealing with tardies. So much so, that I put this sign up outside of my door for late-comers to see. I didn’t draw attention to it. I simply hung it up one day. Students immediately took its message to heart and looked at punctuality from a different perspective. I wish I could say I noticed a dramatic decrease in tardies. I did not. But, when students come in late they automatically apologize “for being rude” and show a lot more urgency in getting to class.
On and off the mat I have always arrived early to anywhere I had to be. Arriving early grants opportunities to ask questions, to be asked for favors or to help, and simply put, to not miss anything important. More importantly, it sends a silent message that you value where you have to be, the other person’s time, and the work you are doing there. I will argue that if you could possess only one “life skill”, make it being punctual.
By the end of the year, my students have memorized one of my favorite quotes that I often repeat for them:
“If you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are late, you are forgotten.”
Being consistently late for anything means that you do not respect other people’s time—That your time and schedule rise above everyone else’s. I also notice that people who are consistently late make excuses for their lateness-but guess what? No one falls for their lame excuses. It is just disrespectful.
Sorry to share that Avan Bashis opponent did not show up. He currently has until 6:30 to do so however it’s unlikely he will. Sorry to everyone who was coming to support him. If his opponent miraculously shows up I’ll post it here. ... See MoreSee Less