Wanna Get Good at Something?
Then put in the time. That’s it.
A friend sent me the link below of a guy who decided to get good at painting (mostly digital) and so he simply decided to do at least one painting and one sketch every day. The link has images of his work from when he started and from now – which is 5 years later! The improvement is dramatic. Take a look:
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I have been fascinated lately with the concept of talent and how it is not inherent but rather can be developed with hard, consistent work. I’ve read a lot on the topic in books such as Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin, and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Here, however, is a real life example of how simple putting in the time can yield great results.
Five years sounds like a long time. And it is. But time passes whether we make the most of it or not. Five years from now you could be awesome at something or you could be exactly as good as you are right now.
Want to be a great painter? Paint every day.
Want to be a great writer? Write every day.
Want to be a funnier speaker or comedian? Work on your comedy every day.
There’s no magic bullet; the formula is simple: Figure out what you want to be good at, practice consistently and with an eye on improving just a little bit every time, keep at it, and eventually you will get really, really good.
Simple, but a pain in the ass. Most people won’t have the discipline to put in the time to do it. Will you?