Here I am, running my own dance school which I started in Feb 2008 with 14 dancers . .
After nearly 6 years, how successful have I been? Have I been successful? How do I know?
Possible measures of a successful dance school could be:
- High numbers of students
- Large annual income
- Sold out audiences at annual concert
- Winning results at dance competitions
- Graduating students being accepted into prestigious schools or professional companies
- Excellent exam results
Hmmm . . Do I qualify as successful under any of these criteria? (Spoiler: not hugely.)
Do I feel successful, though? Actually yes, a lot of the time I do!
- People pay me money.
- They trust me with their children.
- My students turn up to class.
- Many of them have been with me for years.
- Plenty of people keep coming back!
- I am learning and improving.
- My confidence is growing.
- My students enter and pass exams.
- Our overall exam results are improving year by year.
- My dancers turn up for and perform in the concert.
- We have a lot of fun!
- We love to dance.
- We laugh a lot.
- My students love me and I love them.
- Dancing is fun! (For me and for my students.)
- Teaching is fun - I love it.
- I have built relationships with so many children and their families in this small rural community.
- I have been able to maintain those relationships even if those students are no longer dancing with me.
- I love knowing who everyone is!
- I like being well-known in a small town (world-famous in Waimauku!).
- I enjoy working for myself.
- I appreciate being able to work from home. (The hall I teach in is just over the road.)
- I love my job.
- My job is fun!
I remember reading somewhere that people are most strongly motivated by one of:
- Fun (wahey!)
- Being right
- Having an easy life
If I measure success as fun then yes! It's happening.
However, fun doesn't pay the bills, and I am always very conscious of where every dollar is coming from and where it is going. My life would definitely be easier and I would do a lot more travelling if I made more money.