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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 Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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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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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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