We want our saplings to grow into mighty Oaks. Some into GM's, and the others to stand tall in a globalised world. To be men/women of worth, of substance, making valuable contributions. Not parasites, weak people that run around with a begging bowl that only know how to prey on the weak.
Is that what you want for your child? Is that the end in sight?
If it is, there is one principle we need to embrace. They do as we do, they do not do as we say.
So, what do we have now? In the chess world. We hear people have tried for many many years to change the system. None have succeeded. Money have been spent, persuasion tried, opportunities offered and it's still the same. So many just sit down now and say we are helpless and some have joined that system.
A circle of negativity. How do we change that? If you go back to my personal story, read here, I hope I've shown that one positive result can take us far.
It brings back hope and positive energy. Just one.
So forget about changing MCF. If you try, they will suck your energy, you will use 1000 pounds of energy to produce one ounce of work. Over time you will be exhausted and nothing will have changed.
Think, do we really need them? What is the fear? That they will fix the matches? That they will not submit your results. That they will victimise your child? That they will victimise you?
They are using your fears against you. And if they succeed, you would have lost all you wanted to get out of chess. I remember telling Mark, if you allow them to intimidate you, you will never be a GM or for that matter a person of substance.
So look again, can MCF really do what you think they can do? The threats lie beneath the surface. They smile and try to look reasonable on the surface. Why? It's because nowadays with the blogs, they cannot do like they did before. News spread like wild fire today. So they have adapted. Your fears may not be grounded in reality today.
So I say, let them be. We focus on getting results. Achievable results. We stop barking up the wrong tree.
And we keep in our memory one major point. We need a safe nursery to incubate our saplings. Then they can grow into tall oaks. Then they can fend for themselves one day. When we are no longer around or even when we are around but older.
Remember that, dont compromise. Do it for the children. They cant stand on their own yet. For now we need to stand for them. Will you do it?
First GM is formulating a plan that we hope will have the elements that will achieve real results. The sight is a little further; beyond our shores. Why? Because the first GM can only come when we can compete Internationally. More work needs to be done still but it is coming.