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Baby feet demonstrating tenacity on Catching Fireworks blog

Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it's some kind of quality isn't it? Tenacity.

Jarvis Cocker

I read an interesting fact recently on the Parenting website: “It takes most babies about 1,000 hours of practice from the time they pull themselves upright to the time they can walk alone.”

1,000 hours.  During which they wobble, lean on the edge of the coffee table, topple onto their tummies, try again, hang on to Mum’s finger, flop down onto their bottom, cry, try again, pull themselves up using a chair leg, slip over, try again.  Whether it is genetic programming, intense curiosity or the call for independence, the desire to walk is strong enough to make them carry on trying again and again until they are finally tottering around the room giggling.

Babies have a great advantage over the rest of us when it comes to tenacity: they don’t have our clever, overthinking brains.  They don’t think in terms of failure; they just get up and have another go.  They aren’t worried about looking silly; they just get up and have another go.  They don’t worry about how long it is going to take them; they just get up and have another go.  They don’t think twice about asking for help: they just get up and have another go.  It is a lesson from which we can all learn.  

And if it all seems to be too much effort and not something you can do to achieve your goal, don’t forget, if you've ever been a baby, you’ve already done it once.

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