One hundred steps. It doesn’t seem like that much—I’ve probably walked more than that around a gas station. But, as it turns out, 100 steps can teach a pretty powerful lesson.

I learned that on a recent trip I took with my son to finish out his lacrosse season. One of the events was on a gorgeous campus in Newport, Rhode Island. The whole day was a chance to play games, practice, and have fun in some clinics.

As my son and I walked back to our car from the fields, there they were: people in big Suburbans tailgating like professionals. They were clearly enjoying themselves, decked out with tables, chairs, and food that made my mouth water. Most impressively, though, they’d somehow gotten what seemed like the best real estate in the whole parking lot.

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