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The 2013 National Festival and Dan Leadership Convention was a Dan focused national event with only a handful of highly motivated Gups in attendance. The Gups who were present were there because they had worked to earn the opportunity to share that event with Dan members. Congratulations to those Gups for their initiative and strong leadership potential!
A number of questions have been asked about the 2014 National Festival and whether or not Gups will be able to participate and there are two possible answers to that question.
Can Gup Members Participate In The 2014 Moo Duk Kwan National Festival?
- The 2014 National Festival is currently planned as a Dan focused leadership event. As such, some may perceive the answer as “No.”
- However, those Gup Members who are motivated enough to take action and bid for a destination and thus demonstrate their desire and leadership initiative by doing so will probably earn an opportunity to participate just as the motivated Gups in 2013 did. As such, those most likely to be future leaders will perceive the answer as, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and thus create their own “YES” where others only see “NO.”
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are a Gup member or you know a Gup Member who “says” they want to participate in the 2014 National Festival, only individual action can make it happen.
The Board has provided a fair and equitable mechanism by which all members who are SERIOUS about supporting or participating in the 2014 National Festival can do so; however, seizing that opportunity requires more than just lip service, it requires Action, Action, Action. Individual action.
Gups who earned the opportunity to attend the 2013 National Festival and Dan Leadership Convention knew exactly what they needed to do in order to get what they wanted… and they got it through their individual action.
“Individual participation is the Key Energy necessary to strengthen our foundation.”
— H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim