Jumping Rope

When I was a young boy, my mom, like most moms of the day, used to regularly encourage me to go outside and play. I usually took her up on her suggestion as the outside was always

much more fun than the inside. One day, when I was about five, I walked outside to find an old rope lying on the ground in our carport. This turned out to be a pivotal moment in my life. Really.

Seems I remembered my dad jumping rope for a crowd of people. He was a great entertainer, and man could he jump rope like a pro. I looked at that rope and wondered if I could jump rope like him. I picked up one end of the rope and put it in my hand, and then I picked up the other end of the rope and put it in my other hand. I remembered my dad threw it over his head. So, I did too. However, my results were much less entertaining and I wrestled with that rope for days before it finally happened. The big day finally came when I could swing the rope over my head all the way down to my feet. It was a day or so more until I could jump my first jump. But it was epic. It was memorable.

Somewhere in that moment I realized if I could jump that rope one time, I could jump it ten times. And if I could jump it ten times, I could jump it a hundred times. Well, and if I could jump it 100 times, I could jump as many times as I wanted. So began my years of learning to jump rope like a pro. It also began my learning of how to do anything of substance for the rest of my life.

Before you can be great you must be good. Before you can be good, you must be bad. But even before you are bad you must be brave enough to try something new.

When it comes to customer service, look to your leaders and the professionals, they will give you some new ideas to try. So try them and expect you will need some productive time to get better as you do. Let me tell you, learning a new skill can be very rewarding.


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