When I set up this blog almost two years ago, I claimed the address for "gottagopractice," because I intended it to be some kind of on-line practice journal. But, violating one of the basic precepts of blogging, I entitled it If at first you don't succeed....
If at first you choose the wrong specialty, go back and choose another one.
If at first your patient doesn't get better, do another assessment and change the therapy.
If at first you choose the wrong career, step back, take stock, and change your career directions.
If at first you play the passage wrong, stop, figure it out, and play it again.
If at first the cat won't do what you want him to do, reassess what you can do to train him.
If at first your student doesn't get it, figure out how to break "it" down into small enough steps that she will succeed through the process.
The title captured one of my central philosophies, one which has also been a topic of discussion in the cello blogosphere this month, regarding a comment by Emily Wright: ...the only difference between those who succeed and those who don't is persistence. Though I'm not sure I ascribe to the "only" qualifier, I heartily concur that trying again is a major component of success.
But what I don't understand is why so many people are looking for "If at first you don't succeed" on the internet. Every day, three or more searchers land on my doorstep. What do suppose they are actually seeking?