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Practice Makes…

Dear Kid,

There’s a story of a young man in New York City who had gotten slightly directionally challenged (this was before GPS was invented). Not knowing which way to go, he stopped a somewhat older gentleman and politely asked, “How can I get to Carnegie Hall?” The somewhat older gentleman smiled and said, “Practice, practice, practice.”

Old story.

But the point—practice, practice, practice—is not just for musicians.

Think back (waaaay back) to when you were learning multiplication tables. Ms. Schuh didn’t go over the math facts once and move on, she had the class practice. Again and again and again.

Even folks who are tops in their fields practice. Musicians practice. Athletes practice. Executives practice. Sages practice. In order to get better—in order to stay even—we all need to practice.

As a student, you practice. You call it studying.

Why is practice important? As many people say, “Practice makes perfect.” As one of Pi’s long-time coaches said, “Practice makes permanent.”

And as I am happy to add, “Practice makes professional.”

Keep practicing studying.

Love, Mom

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Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles (On Ice)

Dear Kid,

Once upon a time, Russians played a lot of hockey in the Olympics. More to the point, they won a lot of hockey in the Olympics. Even more to the point, they won pretty much all the hockey in the Olympics.

Great moments are born from great opportunities Herb Brooks DearKidLoveMom.comThen there were a bunch of boys from Boston University (yay), and a bunch from Minnesota, and several from other places who knew how to play hockey. And there was a hockey coach who seriously knew how to coach that bunch of boys.

And there was a sportscaster who knew how to make the most out of a fabulously dramatic moment.

“11 seconds, you’ve got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?! YES!–Al Michaels

On February 22, 1980, the USA made history in Lake Placid by beating the Soviet hockey team 4-3.

On March 3, 1890, the cover of Sports Illustrated featured a photo of the team celebrating after the win. There was no headline, no caption, because “Everyone in America knew what happened”.

<Tweet>. Again. Go USA!

Love, Mom

This is your moment. You're meant to be here. Herb Brooks










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