It was a blast. It was nerve wracking. It was mentally exhausting.
And there was a lesson to be learned.
Strike One. Strike Two. Strike Three.
No baseball here, those strikes came in the first three frames of Nintendo’s Wii Bowling. Cool.
Bowling alone on the Wii gaming system in my basement “Man Room” Saturday, little did I know it would be a night for the history books in the ol’ McCarthy homestead.
Strike Four. Strike Five.
Five strikes in a row. Don’t think I’ve done that before. If I did, it was never in the first 5 frames out of the gate, that’s for sure. I’m not going to lie to you and say that I don’t ever bowl with the Wii;- I have. Not that much though, and not for months now.
Strike Six. Gulp.
I’m feeling pretty good right now. I know exactly what I am doing. I am holding the controller in a special way with my hand held high but slightly cocked to the left. I know that on my backswing, my hand is brushing within an inch or two of the Christmas tree because I hear the jingle of the ornaments from the breeze my arm swing makes. I’m taking a perfect and consistent half step forward toward the TV and with a jagged sharp twist of my wrist just at the right time – I am giving the ball a wicked left hook right into the pocket.
Strike Seven. Strike Eight.
Holy Jimoly. Gulp. Gulp.
I am standing, just staring at the screen; looking at the 9 strikes in a row. Wow. I admit I am perspiring a little as I realize I am on a course with destiny. Am I going to bowl a perfect game? A perfect 300 game? There are websites dedicated to bowling the perfect 300 game in a Wii. It is not at all easy to do. Is it possible for me to get 12 strikes in a row?
Deep breath…..hold controller up high, angle to the left……press the “B” button…….
WAIT ! I yell to myself silently….. This is no good………. I am alone.
What good is bowling a perfect game without a witness? What good is playing golf by yourself and getting a hole in one if nobody sees it but you? What good is making the half court behind the Subaru, off the garage “nothing but net” basketball shot if you don’t have someone there to see you do it?
“Boys! Boys!” I yelled upstairs. “Come downstairs, you have to see this!”
Both came running. I showed them what was happening; The 9 strikes in a row; The perfect game in progress. I knew I was taking a big risk bringing attention to myself. My timing will certainly be off now. But at least I have witnesses. Maybe I can do this and these two 13 year olds will see electronic bowling history made before their eyes.
Would you believe it? I was more shocked than anyone. I did not lose my touch. I had the special grip, the swing back, the breeze, the stride, the twist and of course; the 10th strike.
Two more to go. I smiled; nodding my head while simultaneously showing the boys my special grip on the controller. I then pressed the B button and swung my arm back……
Into the Christmas Tree……..aaahhhhggghhh…………and only…. nine pins fall down……
I picked up the spare and ended with a 289.
Crushed though I was having missed the perfect game of 300, it was the best I’ve ever done and I think it might have been worse if I had rolled a 300 and there was no one there to see it.
So what’s the lesson learned by this story? It’s simple. Everyone’s big event is better with someone special there to see.
When the anniversary date comes for your 10 year employee, be there when the gift and the certificate are presented; it makes a difference in the experience. The “drive by” a week later acknowledging the date just isn’t the same.
When the results come in on the sales contest on the 3rd business day of every month; don’t post the winner on the wall or email the results to all. Stand by the winner’s desk, wait for her to arrive and share the news aloud for all to hear. She’ll remember that feeling and that moment far better than the memory of opening a congratulatory email message.
When the promotion is approved, the new program launches, the degree is acquired, the first presentation is given and other big moments in a person’s work life happen perfect or not, having witnesses first hand makes it all that much better.
Till next time,
Grow The Business.