How to be great at whatever you do

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Who is your crush? #

If you’re working a dream job, who inspired you to dream? If you are grinding to pursue goals, who ignited the fire in you? That’s your crush. It can be a singer, writer, painter, dancer, or whatever you want to be. They were once in your place.

Michael Jordan had a favorite player. Shakespeare drew inspiration from writers before. Picasso wasn’t born with a brush in his hands. Someone sparked the curiosity in him years before the world knew him.

Have you paused to wonder why are you drawn to your crush’s work?

Can you take a bullet? #

You’re in bad luck if your immediate reaction is fleeing to self-defense mode. Don’t bother to justify your actions. Listen instead. Listen without emotions like the feedback is for someone else’s work. Analyze it and apply the good bits.

How OCD-ed are you? #

If you drop your weapons the minute you face friction, what kind of a soldier are you? The path to greatness isn’t clear or easy. It has never been and will never be. It comes down to numbers.

Beethoven worked long hours and often dipped his head into cold water to refresh himself. Kobe played a bench-warmer to 100 multiple times when he was in high school. Thomas Edison failed 1,000 times but still kept going.

How obsessive you are will be a strong deciding factor in how far you get in life.

How rusty is your ring? #

Steel is strong. A bridge can hold a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds. It doesn’t budge when several vehicles pass simultaneously. Yet, when left unmaintained for long enough, it catches rust. Years pass and rust eats out the strength. Until it weakens to the lowest point and crashes by a bird’s weight.

Your ring requires careful maintenance. You must stand guard and take care of rusty parts. Don’t let them eat out your strength. The stronger your ring, the better your chances to succeed.

How rebellious are you? #

If you do what everyone else does, you’ll achieve nothing better. The herd mentality has no place if you’re looking to live life to the fullest. To be the greatest you can be, you’ll need to break some rules. Listen to mentors. Read what the best have done before you. Then adapt. Apply your own flavor.

What’s your north star worth? #

You can have a perfect childhood, the best coaches, excellent body condition and all the time in the world. And still, fail. Or you may have nothing. No shoes to practice. No light to write. Surrounded by temptations and darkness and without a guide. And still, succeed.

You’ll practice your craft with busted ribs and a broken nose. You’ll show up when your world is falling apart. You’ll make time amidst chaos and always find a way to push further when everyone quits. You’ll have something to fight for.

The greatness is achievable but it requires sacrifices. Often those sacrifices are greater than the value of achievement. You decide.



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