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The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Succeed at Almost Anything

By on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog |

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” —Michael Jordan

Which are you? Are you in the habit of wanting, or wishing, but ultimately leaving it up to someone else to make things happen?

Regardless of how you answered, let me share one simple secret that will help you succeed at almost anything for which you have a passion.

About four years ago, the blog site Yearlyglot.com had a post on the power of repetition. Here’s an excerpt (with a couple of format changes):

“Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls became the youngest player ever to win the MVP trophy at just 22 years old.

When asked about his expectations for the year during a media interview at the beginning of the season, Rose said, “[my expectations] are high. The way I look at it, why can’t I be MVP of the league?” It sounded kind of cocky at the time, and no one really paid much attention to it. In fact, most people said he couldn’t hit a jump shot.

But while no one was paying attention, Rose set out on perhaps one of the most rigorous training programs I’ve ever heard of. He spent the entire summer doing two practice sessions a day, six days a week, shooting at least 500 jump shots in each practice. That’s more than 6,000 practice shots each week!

Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers presents the assertion that, in order to do something well, you must put in 10,000 hours of practice. Now, I don’t know how many hours went into these practice sessions, but I do know that after taking 70,000 practice shots (3 months x 4 weeks x 6,000 shots), one can’t help but improve. And it should come as no surprise that his jump shot has been a key factor in the Bulls’ #1 record this year.”

Too often we think that it’s brilliance, genius, a special gift, or some other talent or trait that lifts the super successful – or the joyful or the peaceful – to their place above the crowd.

In fact, it’s almost always the hard work of disciplined practice that separates those who wish they could, or want to, from those who make it happen.

Yes, talent goes a long way. Even “luck” can help. But like the old joke goes: “A man stopped a stranger on the streets of New York and asked, “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The stranger answered, “Why, yes – practice!”

Whatever you want to do, whatever your dream – maybe to become a writer, or maybe you want to start a business. Do you want to get your relationship or family in order? Maybe you want to run a marathon or increase your sales by 20%.   Ski black diamonds, or… play the piano?

Whatever your dream may be, there is one surprisingly simple secret that will help you get to Carnegie Hall or most anywhere else above the ordinary:

Practice.

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