Last night I learned an important lesson from my daughter Vivian.
Here’s what happened:
My daughter Vivian is 12 years old, and she loves to dance.
3x per week, she goes to a dance studio and practices. And she’s really good! (Yes, I’m a proud Daddy!)
They always practice for a performance.
This time, they practiced “Hot Cholocate” for the Polar Express.
A week ago they performed this routine in front of hundreds of people at the Austin Trail of Lights.
And yesterday, they were invited to perform this routine at the “Lake Austin Resort and Spa.”
When we arrived, they showed the girls the “stage:”
It was inside of the resort’s restaurant.
And it was VERY small – almost too small to perform the routine. In fact, there was a glass wall between the dancers and the audience.
And it was carpeted, which is a nightmare for dancers.
And the “audience” was a whopping 12 people.
Last week, they performed on a real stage in front of hundreds of people.
And now this:
Dance inside a restaurant… on a carpet… in front of 12 people.
But here’s the amazing thing:
Not one of the girls complained!
They looked at it and said: “We can make this work.”
And they started to warm up.
And when they performed the routine, they gave it all.
They gave 120% – as always.
They didn’t care that they danced inside a restaurant.
They didn’t care that the space was too small.
They didn’t care that there were only 12 people.
They performed this routine with the same passion and enthusiasm as they did on the big stage a week ago.
I was VERY impressed.
Because how many of us would have done what these girls did?
How many of us would have given 120%, despite the fact that only a few people were watching?
How many of us would have complained that the space is too small, that it is carpeted, and that there are no people?
These girls didn’t complain.
They showed up.
What an amazing lesson!
I wish we all could have THIS attitude in life!
Wouldn’t that be great?
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