TSA#46 – Keep trying

Oct 1, 2012 by

For 4 years now myself and 2 friends have entered a contest called the Nail and Sail in our towns Harbor Days.  It’s a fun event where they give you some lumber, nails and caulk and you have 2 hours to build a boat on the beach and then race it around the harbor against the other teams.  And for the last 4 years we lost spectacularly.  Three of those four years the boat sank upon us trying to get in it at the start of the race.  But not this year…

This year our team was amazing, our boat was brilliant and we won.   We won first place in our first heat with some to spare and took third overall in the finals, and it was so much fun.


Here is our awesome boat and amazing crew, Joe, Scott and me


Here we are paddling as hard as we can and making some good time as we gracefully glide through the water.

The point of all this, besides to brag that we didn’t sink won, is to say, don’t give up.  Keep trying.

For four years we’ve tried.  Each year we tried a different boat design.  Each year we sweat our asses off trying as hard as we could to build something that would float.

So this weeks Truly Simple Action is to keep trying.  Try harder.  Don’t give up.  Understand your goal and keep trying different things until you get there.  It may take a different combination of plans, people and effort, but keep trying.

Next year we take first place overall!


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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