The persistence of a child

But probably not in the way you’re thinking!

The weather here in Virginia has been beautiful lately.

It took until mid-October, but it’s finally fall.

Around 70 degrees, almost no humidity and sunny.

So we’ve been taking walks as a family lately.

This is something that really helps us keep our sanity sometimes.

It’s also a chance to catch up with each other.

My sons are taking piano lessons, and my wife usually takes them, so today she was telling me about what they did.

Ironically, this story doesn’t involve the piano.

The boys are scheduled for lessons back-to-back, and the teacher has a large piece of property with a river running through it.

When one is playing the piano, she takes the other down to the river.

She was telling me how my oldest son is really good at skipping rocks.

It seems like he’s good at just about anything that involves physical skills.

I’m not saying that to brag, it’s just kind of how it is.

She also mentioned that the first time he tried to skip rocks, he wasn’t very good.

I thought this was interesting, and then I had a realization.

He’s good at the things he’s good at for a very specific reason…

Becuase when he does something for the first time and sucks at it, he doesn’t quit out of frustration.

He keeps working until he figures it out.

He taught himself to ride a bike, play golf and a few other things the same way.

I think that might be the beauty of being 7.

He hasn’t learned to give up so quickly.

I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but there are times when I’m the opposite.

I’m good at some things, and I just expect that those skills will automatically transfer over even when there’s no logical reason they should.

So I fail, and then give up.

I realized that I could take a lesson from the persistence of my son.

And I think this goes for many of us.

If you’re trying something new in life or business or whatever, you need to expect not to get it right the first time.

In fact, depending on what it is, there could be quite a learning curve.

And the onlly way to flatten out that curve is to get on it and get to work.

Put in the repetitions, fail and then fix it.

Just don’t give up.

Talk soon,

Mattie

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