The Practice of Success

My 6-year-old and I are raising tadpoles this summer.  It’s more fun than I anticipated.  When a friend of hers decided to join in our frog development efforts, my daughter and I set off to catch 7 tadpoles to get her friend going. Really, I saw it as my job to net the tadpoles.  I invited my daughter along to make her feel included, and because she’s all about tadpoles right now. We had about 30 minutes before we had to leave, so there was no time to waste.  She chose a large bucket.  With my more advanced knowledge about life, I figured a smaller pail would make it easier to swoop up the unsuspecting tadpole. We had fun working together in this endeavor.  But the count quickly became 6-year-old: 6 tadpoles captured; mom: 0 tadpoles captured.  Huh? Come on.  Shouldn’t I be better at this than she is?  Doesn’t my brain work faster?  Don’t I have quicker motor skills? Maybe, but the fact is my 6-year-old is a better tadpole catcher than me because she has lots of practice at it.  She has spent many days over the past month catching tadpoles, making homes for them, and returning them at the end of the day.  Only to do it all over again the next day. My 6-year-old’s hours of practice at the art of tadpole catching trump any other advantage I should have over her. She’s out there doing it.  I’m sitting in here thinking sure, I could do that. The exact same thing happens in your business. You spend time looking at the competition in your niche. ...