“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character”
Each week this blog allows me to reflect and share stories that make me think, laugh, and cry. The goal is to bring these thoughts and emotions each day. Some weeks blogging is really easy and some weeks I struggle to find the words. This week was a struggle for me until…..I met “The Wise Juggler”. At one of my schools, there was an assembly for a juggler who called himself the, “The Space Painter”. Immediately when I walked into the gym, I thought what is this guy all about. He was tall and lanky with a mustache and gray hair. He was telling some cheesy jokes and was doing some average juggling to start off the show. ***Fun fact alert*** I’m an amateur juggler who can juggle 3 objects for about 20 sec. At a time before dropping something so I know subpar juggling when I see it***
As the assembly went on, I realized I was wrong! He shared his story and message to the kids and amped up the juggling to an impressive level. The Space Painter shared a simple message that was relatable to us all. He said, “Be a listener. You will hear and learn things that others will miss and have opportunities that others won't just because you listened.” What a great simple reminder of the power of listening. So often we listen to respond rather than listening to hear and learn.
The kids had an awesome experience and he highlighted to me how people are awesome! He started to juggle bean bags, bowling pins, and most impressive to this amateur juggler….Tic-Tac’s! John Wooden said it best when referring to talent, “winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” I’m guessing The Wise Juggler has been practicing and passionate about his craft for years. Often we see talented people in sports, our workplace, or school and think they are naturally just great at something but the reality is their character repeated and tested over time is what allows them to be awesome!
Let someone know today that you notice their talents. Listen to hear and learn rather than to respond. Continue to focus on the habits that test and build your character to increase your talent. As a friend of mine always ends his blogs, “Be awesome today!”