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Starting from the bottom

10/10/2013 by

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In all walks of life we are met with people who are better than us at certain things. Whether it was your little sister who always beat you at monopoly, Jack who was your best friend who showed you up on the football pitch or your colleague who is smashing their targets and making you look a tad silly.

Believe it or not, once upon a time you couldn’t ride a bike, you couldn’t tie your shoelace and you couldn’t make a cup of tea the way you liked it.

People are so caught up in wishing they could be like someone else, or envying someone else’s skill sets that they don’t focus on improving what they already have.

If you want to get better at something (or even the best); you need to start from the bottom.

When you couldn’t tie your shoelaces, how did you overcome that? I’ll tell you how:

  • You snooped. You cast a beady eye at the other kid and made a mental note of that magical moment the lace was tied.
  • You asked your older friend/ sibling/ family member to help you out, they tried but you still couldn’t get it.
  • Finally- you kept trying!

You didn’t give up and get Velcro trainers, or just refuse to wear shoes. You kept trying! Got a bit frustrated and it delayed your whole journey. But those countless attempts and furrowed brows eventually ended in where you are today.

In most cases you could tie your shoe laces with your eyes closed- almost a natural instinct.

What I’m trying to get at is that in order to get better at something you need to keep trying and eventually you will succeed. By all means I wish I could run faster but frankly I am never going to be the next Usain Bolt, but within reason anything is accomplishable.

Written by Maya Gardiner, Montash Internal Communications

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