Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 17

Back to Basics:

The Next
Steps

Practice and accountability make
a superior mixture
By J. Richard Willis, Ph.D.

I

t was just over one year ago
when NAPA began planning
its focus on "Back to Basics" to
ensure the asphalt industry was
planning every day to implement
fundamental basics that impact
pavement performance. NAPA Chairman
Dan Gallagher and I started off the
year by discussing how the great Vince
Lombardi ensured the fundamentals
of every player on his championship
teams were flawless in training camp
before they stepped onto the field for
competition. Although I was never a
great athlete, I often wondered what was
the best way to achieve such perfection
in a sport. I think the answer is a simple
proverb: repetitio mater studiorum est or
repetition is the mother of all learning.
As a parent of two young children,
learning through repetition is a regular
part of our day. My oldest child is
6-years old, and he is learning to read.
His teachers send home flash cards each
week with vocabulary words they want
him to learn to recognize by spelling,
pronunciation, and meaning. Together,
we go through these flash cards multiple

times each day. My 6-year old doesn't
quite understand yet why we go over
these fantastic words "one more time,"
but we do so for a short time. I know
that later, with persistence, I will initiate
another session with the flash cards -
and another again, until my son has
learned each word. Some days it is a battle
to get him to focus on flash cards rather
than the many other more interesting
things he could be doing; however, when
flash card time is a challenge and I'm
tired from a day at NAPA, I remember a
motto from Publilius Syrus: Practice is the
best of all instructors.

As NAPA and the
asphalt industry
move forward, we
need to ensure
that the basics of
high performance
pavements are
committed to
"muscle memory"
and not forgotten.

Practice
There is one thing that the best athletes,
actors, writers, and musicians all have
in common: practice. While they may
have loads of natural talent, it takes
time, energy, and effort to make that
talent manifest itself into performance.
Basketball players practice their free
throws thousands of times so they
gain "muscle memory" and can repeat
the movement until they can make a
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Training for Safety
OSHA’s Silica Rule
How to Improve Safety Climate
Beyond the Horizon
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Intro
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 8
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - President’s Perspective
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 10
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 11
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 12
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry News
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 18
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 19
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Training for Safety
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - OSHA’s Silica Rule
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - How to Improve Safety Climate
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Beyond the Horizon
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry Calendar
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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