Winners understand this simple truth from Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated:
If it seems a bit depressing that the most important thing you can do to improve performance is no fun, take consolation in this fact: It must be so. If the activities that lead to greatness were easy and fun, then everyone would do them and they would not distinguish the best from the rest. The reality that deliberate practice is hard can even be seen as good news. It means that most people won’t do it. So your willingness to do it will distinguish you all the more.
In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell calls this principle “the 10,000-Hour Rule.” His research led him to the conclusion that winning peformance – greatness – requires an enormous amount of time spent doing the thing we want to be great at. Winning is not a gift or something that we are born with. It is a function of consistent effort doing things losers don’t want to do.
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