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Zen Jeweler: Pilgrim’s Progress

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Repetition equals proficiency. It does not equal progress. Be wary of simply repeating your successes.

 

I was at the U.S. Table Tennis Trials in Philadelphia. There you could watch repetition and the success it can bring. I watched a couple of players hit backhands to each other, one after the other with blurry speed. If you follow any sport, you know that repetition is part of practice. Then I noticed something new. Perhaps 95 percent of the players were using the “Western” grip. Years ago, Asian players (consistently the best in the world) employed the “penholder” grip. If anything, I would have expected most Americans to have adopted that style. Instead, everyone still uses the Euro-American style. Practice all you want with the wrong, old grip. Repetition equals proficiency. But leaps of progress are often attributed to the revolutionary. How do you think Roger Federer would hold up these days using Bjorn Borg’s racquet?

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Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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Zen Jeweler: Pilgrim’s Progress

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Repetition equals proficiency. It does not equal progress. Be wary of simply repeating your successes.

 

I was at the U.S. Table Tennis Trials in Philadelphia. There you could watch repetition and the success it can bring. I watched a couple of players hit backhands to each other, one after the other with blurry speed. If you follow any sport, you know that repetition is part of practice. Then I noticed something new. Perhaps 95 percent of the players were using the “Western” grip. Years ago, Asian players (consistently the best in the world) employed the “penholder” grip. If anything, I would have expected most Americans to have adopted that style. Instead, everyone still uses the Euro-American style. Practice all you want with the wrong, old grip. Repetition equals proficiency. But leaps of progress are often attributed to the revolutionary. How do you think Roger Federer would hold up these days using Bjorn Borg’s racquet?

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When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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