I want to share a story that happened years ago. While attending college, I was a martial arts competitor and worked at Grand Master Al Garza’s Karate School. When teaching classes, I constantly reminded students to address me with “yes sir” and no sir.” 

On one particular day, I was walking through Baybrook Mall and a young lady stopped me to sell some men’s cologne. During our conversation, and out of habit, I reminded her to say “yes sir.” I immediately apologized and explained my reason for correcting people. I bought the cologne and went on about my way.

David Tepera is a kinesiology science major with 15 years’ experience in orthopedics. He’s a motivational speaker and the inventor of The Abdominal Reanimater. You can contact him at

davidtepera@yahoo.com.

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