A contemporary sports figure remarked that there are no talented individuals, only people that are obsessed about attaining something. Of course, I disagree because I’ve seen a few people that were good in doing something on the first few tries. But then it got me thinking: What if a very talented person does not practice at all? Will he or she continue to excel?
Our daily lives are mostly routine – at least for most of us. Did it ever strike you that things became “routine” because we already did them hundreds of times before? Let’s say we wake up, eat breakfast, and drive to work. It’s kinda boring to drive, right? Wrong! I love to drive! But imagine your excitement if today is your first day of driving after passing the driver’s exam – wouldn’t it be a very exciting day?
Most of us can be good at something – almost anything – if our heart and mind is totally committed to it. I’m not good at math – but if I wanted to solve something mathematically – I use logical thinking and simple arithmetic to figure out the answer. My wife uses formulas which I don’t have the patience to deal with.
How do we save money? By starting today, and continuing to do it regularly for the next few days, months and years. Saving a little bit of money before spending it on routine expenses and things we want will increase our savings. It takes discipline and making saving money a routine part of our daily lives.
Want to excel in something? Spend at least one half hour to three hours a day, six days a week for at least a year. At the end of the year, you can be a consultant on the subject. Three more years and you’ll be an expert. What’s needed? Only the effort and time to learn and practice something. Of course, I assumed that you want to excel because you love the activity.
I admire some people who really excel in sport – some of them really head and shoulders above their contemporaries. I think sometimes about emulating their example. But then I have other priorities in life – so I move on to those things which i consider important. For example, i gave up golf because it takes at least four hours to play. My bicycle riding takes priority over chasing a little ball around a nice grassy course.
Everyday, we see a sampling of people who put in their time to be very good at something they want to do. Sometimes we need more than talent, wealth, (good looks?), muscles, brain, speed agility or flexibility. We need perseverance. We need to grind away at things to produce the gem of our lives.