Labor Day


KMMA will be closed Monday for Labor Day.

Have a great weekend!


During my content creation time this morning, I was thinking about how I could write something of value for you- like I do. ūüôā

So here it is.   Let me know if you enjoy it! 


Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. The three-day weekend it falls on is called Labor Day Weekend.


The definition of labor itself is telling, and relevant to my intent in this blog.

Work is, well work…

As I often explain to my youngest son, nobody loves everything that they do for work all the time. That’s why it’s called work. It’s something we do to get where and what we want- a means to an end.

Having said this, I also subscribe to the saying that “if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”.

I don’t believe my two truths to be in contradiction.


I love what I do, and find purpose, satisfaction, energy, and excitement in doing it- and still sometimes, and some things, that I do to be successful at what I do are sometimes more like work than others.


I want to share with you today something I learned from Darren Hardy years ago.

He taught me that there are 3 motivators to help keep one focused, motivated and Insanely Productive.


 1. You Love What you do.

When are are working in our calling, we love what we do. We feel like we’re making a difference and, chances are, we are also working within our natural gifts, though we still must work to hone these. But even that work is funner and more meaningful when we love what we do.


2. You Love How You Do It.

Some people are naturally wired towards taking great pride in quality work. In the course, Darren told the story about his house-keeper and how much pride she took at being great at her work. I think my EA, Ruthe, is like that too. You can love being great at what you do.


3. You Love Who You Do It For.

And still others are motivated by their “why”- who they do it for. This can mean who they do it for as in the case of a ministry that is serving a greater cause, or simply working hard to create a better life for our children, or other family. The American story is full of stories like these, of imigrants and native born citizens who gave their lives working hard to create a better future for their posterity.

One of the most important things he communicated was that you can pull each of these motivational “levers” at any time; and, at different times, may need to pull different ones in order to do what you need to do.


I don’t know where this message finds you, but I hope you have one or two, or even three, of the levers to pull from.

And, two final thoughts:

  1. If you don’t love what you do, pull the others and work on you until you do. As a mentor of both Darren and I, the late great Jim Rohn used to say: “if you don’t like where you’re at; change it. You’re not a tree!”
  2. You can also love what you do when you’re not doing what you do- another words, with your “free time”.

Krav Maga Martial Arts is one of these.

KMMA students love the tribe, the training, the exercise and the confidence that comes from knowing they can defend themselves!

And, in fact, the character and leadership development built into my program can also help you grow into the you that will love what you do! 


     Join us! 


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts






About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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