Sometimes in life one won't be "graded," evaluated on how well they can do something, but on how well one is doing that "something" at that time.
He was a college student at the time. It was Christmas break and he had gone home to see his parents. During that break his parents received his college grades for the past semester. Of all things, he received a D in a subject that both he and his parents thought he should have received much better. There was a problem.
During that break he called his teacher and ask, "Is there anything I can do about this grade, this is a subject I think I am much better in that the grade I received. Interesting enough his teacher said, "Yes there is something you can do about this grade. You can show up for class. This grade isn't about your ability to play guitar. It's about your ability to show up to learn better... how to play the guitar." The student agreed, the teacher had a point. The student was the now well known Nashville country artist, Bard Paisley. Paisley has since said: "Today when I get a little cocky I think back to that D in guitar."
As said "Sometimes we are graded on how we are doing what is ask at the time, not how well we think we can do something." Showing up can be a part of the evaluation process.
September 30, 2017