Bullshido, I ask your advice...
Forgive the long post, but I can't condense this further.
In martial arts, I'm under no illusions about my abilities. I will be an amateur for the rest of my life. I am content knowing this -- my only ambition is to be good enough.
It just so happens I'm in a profession that is high demand, lacks people with expertise -- and I happen to be good at it.
But a situation today gave me pause.
For one year, I've been boxing -- and I've long wanted to eventually transition to kickboxing. A friend recommended me somewhere and I signed up for an introductory class. Unfortunately, on the form I filled out beforehand, I wrote down my profession and employer.
When I was finished, the academy's owner asked me to go to the boardroom with him (he's also the organization's founder). The owner then launched into how his organization needed someone with my talents, and strongly hinted that he was willing to hire me.
However, I like my job. I'm not leaving it.
I enjoyed the introductory class I had -- and there's nothing I love more than helping businesses succeed. I gave him a few mini consulting tips as a gratuity. I thought I was finished.
But... the owner offered me a year's worth of free training. He said it was out of gratitude. That was nice of him. However, I have a slightly uneasy feeling about the whole thing.
What should I do? Should I stick to boxing and forget about involving myself with this organization? Or should I just pay the regular fees like everyone else and continue as a regular student of his? I don't think I can take him up on his offer.
I'd love to understand things from a dojo's owners perspective. Thoughts?