The only way to learn how to catch a fish is to catch a fish. After you catch 500 of one species of fish, you are beginning to figure out what it takes. You will never master the craft but at least your confidence grows.
They say it takes 10,000 repetitions to learn some things. The examples were, how to pick up dirty clothes, follow directions as a child, and to do simply what you are told. Putting down the toilet seat must be way more repetitions than that. My estimates of 500 repetitions are way more positive and conservative.
Good bird dogs need to smell 500 birds before they figure things out. The hunter basically goes along for the walk while this happens. Hunting good areas, or game farms, helps to train your dog faster. The hunter needs to practice commands, but the dog needs to practice and tune their instincts. It just takes a pile of birds, and repetition, for them to learn.
A good drift boat oarsman needs to row 500 miles to understand how to row a drift boat. Everything is backwards. You need to row upriver to drift downstream. Once your brain figures that out, the job becomes easier.
Jogging is another sport that requires repetition. It takes 500 miles until the rewards start to show up. Your cardio, weight, muscles, and body will begin to show positive results after this marathon. Now the exercise becomes a positive habit.
Shooting takes practice. 500 trigger pulls per gun will help you understand the accuracy of your weapon. After that many shots, you are now ready to put one best shot where it needs to be. Not only will your skill level grow, the stress relief will also be appreciated.
It also takes 500 “I Love Yous” for your partner or friend to hear just one. Just keep them coming and in the end, it will pay off. Over a lifetime, they will add up.
Just because you have accomplished 500 successes does not mean you are done learning. The truth is that everyone learns differently. Practice still makes perfect and we will discover that there are 500 more things to learn or try. We learn so much from mistakes. Our efforts are always rewarded over time. Just keep forging onward and upward!
Only 500 more to go!
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