Successful People…

Successful people tend to become more successful because they are always thinking about their successes. – Brian Tracey

I don’t know if I completely agree with Brian Tracey on this one.

I suppose it depends on what you think success actually means. And then, it may also have to do with dreaming about future successes and working on accomplishing them. I don’t think that if you are focused on past successes you are very successful. You can do many great things in the past and then quit or retire. If that’s the case, then the success is over. I don’t think we can revel in what’s been done in the past. I think we have to move upward and onward.

I’m sitting on my couch right now, watching my son practice the piano. He hems and ha’as about practicing. He says he needs “help” (whatever that means)… but when it comes to just play the songs over and over again so that you are not just competent and proficient at it, but you master it —> this is where he gives up. He just refuses to do it enough to master it. He complains and he whines about practicing. It becomes clear that he doesn’t love it. Because he doesn’t love it, he’ll never master it.

Is mastery even an option if you don’t love it?

I think it is. Sure. In fact, I’m willing to bet it you practice enough, you could master anything.

Remember Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000 hours to be a master of something? I think this applies.

The trick in my mind is to keep practicing and putting in the effort, while other people refuse to do so. Maybe they don’t refuse to do so. Maybe they just won’t put in the effort required. They would rather moan and whine and complaint and go watch TV or a movie, play a video game, or do something else.

If you want to master something. If you want to be the very best it is at what you do; then you need to put in the time and effort. I think anything can be mastered. The question is really up to you. Are you will to pay the price?

Well, are you?

If not, then go back to sleep or watch tv…