Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part I of III

Thriving In Five – Or Less, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I: Why thrive in five? Why thrive with less?

I believe the majority of individuals in the court reporting profession think of the number ‘five’ as a take, a 5-minute take.

Thriving in five? Yes.

Thriving in less than five? Yes, this relates, too.

Recently, I read that the average person thinks 50,000+ thoughts a day.

I smiled immediately thinking (adding to my average number of thoughts that day) that court reporters must have many more than 50,000 thoughts a day.

Our tenacious personalities, our “word” work and our “word” schooling, in my opinion, would add up to many more than the average person, yes?

Back to the thriving in five.

We can create five goals while in school, while working as a reporter, while testing, and while improving skills and our goals.

Thriving in five may be customized for working reporters and for students.

Thriving in five may be long term.

Thriving in five may also be short term.

Five words. “I will accomplish this now.”

Five? “Bring it on; I’m prepared.”

Less than five? Yes, there are many.

“I will remember to breathe.”

(In class, one day, during a mandatory test, a student forgot to breathe and hit the floor with a bang. I could not stop dictating the test. Yet my ears and eyebrows remained raised for almost five minutes. That student then stayed down on the hard, tile floor, “so I didn’t interrupt anyone,” waiting for the end of the test and the moment until all fingers stopped writing in a large classroom. I cannot make that up.)

Five words. I note when people share and ask, “What is your lowest fee?” “Then get that bid back.”

As summer marches forward the thrive in five may become “a task to be accomplished.” “Something I need to finish now.”

I started thinking about thrive in five while working with students and reporters.

“I need to learn it.” “How do I write it?” many students ask.

Me, “How does your theory define it?” (Okay, that’s six words.)

“I haven’t looked it up.” “Why transcribe all my tests?”

“I’m sure I didn’t pass.” Yikes.

After a 5-minute take and while at work we have the ability to learn so much about how we write, how we hesitate, how we misstroke a word or a phrase.

We can also learn how to avoid repeating that same error, that untranned word or phrase.

When we learn a new skill or new language, typically there is a steady climb with improvement.

As we continue to hone the new skill or a new language, typically the skill plateaus and/or the skill may pause.

Our skill advancement may seem to slow down or – worse – have a dip. This is normal, say experts.

Yes, one might state that it is normal if they are not the individuals who are experiencing the change in rapid advancement. Yet this is how we learn a new skill, a new language. It is.

Part I of III is posted July 13, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted July 31, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part III of III is posted August 8, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at and
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