My office at home overlooks a cul de sac across the street. There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood, especially in the cul de sac. We call them the cul de sac kids.

Completely unoriginal, but sort of has a ring to an indie band.

A few weeks ago, one of the CDSKs (cul de sac kids) set out to learn how to rollerblade. I would guess that he's about 10 years old. He set himself up on one side of the cul de sac and started to make his way, slowly, slowly around the cul de sac keyhole.

About every fifth step (and I say step because he was more walking than rolling at this point), he would fall down, and then get right back up and start again.

Fall down, get back up, and back at it.

Fall down, get back up, and back at it.

Fall down, get back up, fall down, get back up, fall down...

After about the 40th time, you could tell that he was getting a little frustrated. He added in a sigh into his routine.

But he did not stop.

Fall down, **sigh**, get back up and back at it.

Fall down, **sigh**, get back up. And back at it.

Some guy rollerblading and nearly falling.

I was rooting for him so hard. Because that kid never gave up, not once. He had one focus: learn how to rollerblade. And come hell or highwater, he was going to do it.

He eventually did two laps around that cul de sac and fell no fewer than 1,000,000 times. And it took like an hour.

Watching the CDSK rollerblading made me think about how I show up in my business. Because he was so...present. And so focused. And he knew reaching his goal would take a little time. He didn't let any of his stumbles stop him or derail him from his goal. Even when they hurt.

So now when I hit a stumbling block or obstacle that could derail me from my biz goals, I think of that CSDK. And then I sigh too. Then I get back up, and back at it.

If he's any indication, I'll be loop-de-looping on my older brother's skateboard ramp in a couple of weeks.

And, like the CDSK, I'm rooting for you too.

xo, Heather

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