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Hi!

Here’s a truth we can all agree on. If you practice something you WILL get better at it. Will you become the best at a thing, maybe not, but you will get better.

Here’s another truth. When we’re purposefully learning something for the first time we “forgive” ourselves for being crap at the thing. We’re all terrible at the beginning. But you have to keep trying or nothing will change.

There’s a lovely song written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern that we think summarizes the appropriate approach to failure.

Now nothing's impossible, I've found for when my chin is on the ground,

I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.

Don't lose your confidence if you slip, be grateful for a pleasant trip,

And pick yourself up, dust off, start over again.

Work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.

You may be sick and tired, but you be a man, my son.

Will you remember the famous men who have to fall to rise again?

So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, start all over again.

You gotta work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.

You may be sick and tired, but you be a man, my son.

Will you remember the famous men who have to fall and then to rise again?

So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

Once again now:

Will you remember the famous men who have to fall and then rise again?

So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

That's enough now.

Want to hear the amazing Diana Krall sing the song? You can listen here.

What’s interesting however is one of the most important skills we need to be good at doing, we generally don’t practice. 

The skill of asking. Asking for what we want. Especially when we think the answer might be no.

So here’s your challenge this week. We want you to think of someone you’re a little scared of asking something from. Now think of something you can ask for that’s MUCH smaller and easier to say yes to than your actual ask.

It’s simple. Just practice asking.

#bebrave


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