Answer me this; when is the last time you have been inspired by true greatness? Not some smooth orator, likable kind of guy, but down to earth greatness? Other than me, who else inspires you? Ok, ok; you knew I had to throw that in…..
If you had the magic touch and were so great at building a business or were an off the charts salesperson; why would you walk away and start doing something different?
Would it be because it was too hard to sustain?
Would it be because you needed another challenge?
Would it be because maybe you really weren’t that great?
Or maybe it was a combination of the three.
They were just lucky
Nurture versus nature; do you think some people just have it and others don’t? Do you think that is why there are so many Extremely Average people because most of us are not gifted, we missed out on the lucky sperm pool lottery?
If you want to have it too, do you think hard work alone can get you there?
Do you think Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer to walk this planet is gifted? If your answer is yes, do you think he was born that way?
Could you see Tiger Woods walking away from golf so he could teach others to be gifted like him? Of course not, it would be ludicrous to walk away from what he does best. Then why is social awash with all these
gurus experts who have done just that? They will tell you they have been there done that, but why are they so quick to walk away to do something else?
Alternative revenue sources are good where I can work twice as hard for half the money, right?
We all know better; there is a smidgen of greatness, but most are just working stiffs like the rest of us and really didn’t like the business they were in to begin with.
Maybe practice will make me better
Raise your hand if you play tennis, golf, run, bike or workout? How much time do you spend training or pushing yourself to get better? Do you spend more time working on this than working on getting better at your job?
I don’t need to practice at my job, I’m doing it every day.
If your job is what is putting the food on your table doesn’t it make sense to spend more time practicing and getting to the top of the heap with this than your hobbies? I vote yes, but why are so few willing to do this?
Well, I did go to a sales course and took a continuing education class last year; isn’t that practice?
Not all practice is the same
Do you think Tiger just goes out and hits a bucket of balls? The difference between Tiger and 99% of the recreational golfers is, his practice is deliberate; and he has a coach.
And there is a huge difference between just practicing and deliberate practice.
The gifted then, aren’t people with freakish natural abilities in a particular domain. The gifted are what they are because they maintain high-levels of practice and improving performance.
In other words, it’s not about what you’re born with. It’s about how consistently and deliberately you can work to improve your performance.
The reality is:
- Deliberate practice is not fun.
- Deliberate practice takes you out of your comfort zone.
- Deliberate practice pushes you beyond what you think you can do.
But make no mistake, deliberate practice is the difference between good and great.
Regardless of what you see and read in the blogs, most are not willing to deliberately practice to shine above all others and truly achieve greatness.
It’s not good or bad; just reality. All you have to do is look around to see this is true. We all know many people who are willing to work hard, but it takes a certain mindset to take it to the next level; and this mindset is deliberate practice.
In case you are wondering, I deliberately practice at having fun. That counts for something, right?