I was struck by this comment from Aly Raisman after she won the silver medal in the Women’s Individual All-Around competition at the Olympics, “The 5th time’s the charm!” Not the 3rd time, not the 1st, or 2nd time, or even the 4th, but the 5th time.

How many times have you thought, this time I’ll write the perfect résumé, have the perfect interview, cook the perfect meal, and it just doesn’t work? Did you try again? Did you try two more times? Or, did you do like Aly and just kept trying until you got the result you wanted?

Who knows which time’s the charm? The charm appears when you keep going so you can finally, finally achieve your goal.


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