This weekend we had family visiting from Maryland and our 13 year old nephew wanted to go to an area skatepark Sunday afternoon, so off we went to Middletown's Baker Bowl.
The skatepark was fairly large and had a handful of skateboarders, mostly looking to be in their early 20s and each was working on their skills. Now depending on your viewpoint of Life, you could pick one of the following two quotes and skate with it:
- The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results
- Practice makes perfect
Now some of those guys fell down. A LOT. I watched one guy try to grind a low rail over and over...and over...and over. Each time the skateboard either hooked the rail and off the guy went, or he didn't get enough speed to make it to the end of the rail, and again, off he went. Or he'd shoot off the end of the rail but not stick the landing. But finally he nailed one. Slid down the rail, off the end, kept his balance and landed the trick.
So was he insane? Or practicing until perfect?
The key to success is knowing which of the two quotes applies to you and your situation.
Is it possible to improve with practice?
I know my blogging today is significantly different than my first blog posts back in 2010. Looking back at them I'd say I fell down quite a bit. I wrote things that wouldn't help my business. I didn't have a purpose, just writing to write. Chasing points. I didn't know where to find photos that I could use to spiff up my posts. I wasn't up on the fundamentals. How do I add a link in my post? How do I change this? that?
So either I was nuts or I was practicing, but over time the basics started to click thanks to the help from the ActiveRain community. Posts started to have more purpose. A patio home niche developed. I got to know builder's reps. I learned where to find the communities. How to create custom Google maps. Eventually I knew enough to gut a Wordpress site, set up a new theme, upgrade my IDX provider and start creating search pages that would get results.
I'm still practicing. Regularly someone in this community comes along with a new "you really need to do THIS". Sometimes I agree that it will work for my market, so I've got something new to learn and implement.
I'm not perfect yet, but when I fall, I get back up and get on the keyboard again.
Practice blogging and you'll get better and better, and then the phone starts to ring.
Business is good, thanks to lots of practice and blogging.
Keep getting up :)
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz