Try, Try and Try Again


Last week I was playing HORSE on the basketball court with one of my high school students when a simple "download" struck me. This kid is an incredible pianist with chops like Ray Manzarek (of The Doors) and I have had such a blast working on music with him. This was the first time that we had ever shot hoops together and after keeping it within the three point line for a bit, he started taking and missing this one impossible shot off the court from a nearby balcony. While he was adventuring I kept my shots super simple and began to gain a lead. Then suddenly he nailed it! As the rules of the game go, I made my way off the court up to the balcony and totally air balled it. As I came back to congratulate him on getting the point, my download struck and I said, "Bro, this is exactly why you are such a good pianist."


He laughed and asked, "Because of how I shoot a basketball?"


I replied, "Because you missed that shot over and over again and instead of getting discouraged, I watched you have fun sticking with it."


He gave a teenage shrug of agreement, "Oh yeah, I guess that makes sense. You have to keep trying."