I heard those three words repeatedly when I took my three-year-old daughter, Mika, to play at a local fast food play area recently. It was a three-level tube structure and to get to the second level there was a slanted tube with ridges so even small children could get to that level with ease.
The third level was a completely different matter and that was the level (of course) with the slide. The highest step to get to that level was about one-third of the tube height. I am guessing the tubes are approximately three feet in diameter because Mika had to duck a little when running through the tubes and she is 39 inches tall.
Question: If a child has to be able to put one foot on a tiny step and reach their other knee up two feet, how big do they need to be to do it?
Answer: A lot bigger than my giant three year old!
Mika played contentedly on those first two levels for a while even though she saw bigger kids climb to the third level and go down the slide. She probably would have continued to be happy with that except… an older girl came in to play with her little brothers that were a slightly taller than Mika.
Mika saw this girl lift her brothers (who were older and also too small) to the third level so they could use the slide. Suddenly Mika understood that even though she could not climb to the second level someone else could help her get there and next came the first of many, many times I heard, “You help me!”
Have you been there before in your business? You are coasting along on your level and you see others at higher levels and you are fine with that because you do not have a way to play on those other levels. Until… you see someone else reach another level using a method you do not know about yet. Now, of course, you want to get to that level too.
Sometimes you can use that other method and reach that higher level on your own. Other times you need repeated help. That day at the play area I observed three different types of helpers. There are two more helper types I have observed on other occasions.
What are those five types and how do they affect you? My next few posts will show you!
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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