We call them Pros.
They win Super bowls. Gold medals. The Pulitzer Prize.
How do they do it?
I have personally been told on many occasions that I am a fantastic writer and public speaker. It’s weird to hear. When I survey the work that I have done I don’t see anything special; I am too busy perfecting it —critiquing it.
The way to become great at anything is not a mystery. It’s hard work, but it is not a secret. It doesn’t matter what your field is, the same rules apply. If you want to be the best at somethings there are 3 things you MUST do:
1. You need to study it like crazy.
I heard a quote once that said, “Ordinary people have big TVs, but extraordinary people have big libraries”. There is some truth to that (but having a big TV is super cool).
You have to read, research and study the topic you are trying to master. There is no way around it. You are not the first person to do it, so only a fool would go it alone. Listen and sit at the feet of the experts in your area. Read liberally from those that are doing it. Soak in as much as you can and when you think you can’t absorb anymore — do it again.
2. Don’t just read about it, do it.
Practice, practice, practice. Make mistakes and learn from them. Let people say what they want. You are a rookie and as green as can be. It doesn’t matter. Pretty soon you will get some momentum and you will make mistakes less and less (but you will never be flawless). A Christian leader once put it this way:
“Keep on posing questions and you will evade the necessity of obedience”
Don’t stay in the classroom. Get out there and get busy. Don’t be afraid to suck because guess what? You will and all the greats did once too. Welcome to the club.
3. Teach it.
Share what you have learned with others. If you can’t easily explain what you do and how you do it, then you don’t fully understand it yourself. I have found that in trying to teach others I even “Wow” myself. It keeps you humble and always learning.
It’s simple, but it works.
Most Importantly: Don’t try to do everything great. A good tip I was given once was “You know what you should be doing when you don’t have to be doing anything”. What does that mean? It means to go where your passions are. What would you do for free? Do that. Don’t worry about income. That may very well come in time.
Now quit reading and get after it.