I believe in hard work just like you. I think there's nothing impossible if you never give up and keep trying. When I was younger, I did taekwondo too and I looked up to older people with black belts. Just like you said, everybody treated them respect and it set a goal for me that I wanted to achieve. I hope you reach your goal!
I believe in hard work too
I am a wrestler, and I am around a lot of people that do martial arts. You can see the way they carry themselves higher than all the others, but they have earned it. It is very difficult, being someone who has actually seen it, and you really have to earn it but it is all worth it.
I also believe in hard work and also believe that everyone should.