The Secret to Becoming Extremely Skilled
We were all born pretty useless. Aside from crying and sleeping, we had no useful skills. If it wasn’t for someone taking care of us, none of us would live to see our 1 week birthday. In other words, most people start off at a level playing field.
So how do some people become extremely skilled at useful things while others never really become good at anything? Part of it is environment.
If you grew up broke and was never exposed to much, the amount of things you took interested in might be limited. Imagine if Mozart was never exposed to a piano or Michael Phelps never having access to a swimming pool. To make things simpler, let’s put environment aside and just focus on the action people take.
The difference between the skilled and the unskilled isn’t talent but practice and dedication. If you want to get good at anything, you need to put in the time and effort to practice so that you can become good at it.
Every single person who is great at something today was once terrible at it. If you want to become great at something, practice.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Anyone can practice a few minutes here and there but those who become great put in thousands of hours of consistent practice.
Without this key ingredient, anything you wish to become great at will never come to fruition. Most people see the end results of people with great skill but what they don’t see is the path these people took to get to where they are.
For the most part, practice can be boring and tedious, not to mention frustrating. You won’t always improve, in fact, sometimes, you’ll become worse than you were the day or week before. There will be a ton of distractions and there will often be times you’d much rather be doing something else.
Become extremely skilled takes sacrifice. The time you need to put in to perfect your craft could’ve been used to do something more enjoyable or relaxing. This is what most people do, spend their time killing time. This is perfectly fine if that’s how they want to spend their life.
However, if you are determined to become extremely skilled at certain things, you need to make a decision about how you are going to use your time.
We all have the same amount of time each day and where we will be in life later on in life will all depend on how we use those hours each and every day.
If you’re determined to become skilled at something and are willing to make the sacrifices, here’s a tip: Schedule your practice sessions.
Whatever it is you need to spend time practicing, schedule it into your day. When you do this, you’ll know what you need to do from what time to what time. It is like an important appointment you cannot skip. By doing this, you put importance on it and this will help make sure you put in the time necessary to become skilled.
So really, there is no secret to becoming extremely skilled just like there is no secret to success. It’s all wanting it badly enough to put in the time and effort to achieve the results you want.
Of course, once you start putting in the work, you might find it beneficial to continuously look for more efficient and effective ways to get the results you want.
Not all practice will get you the same results. Some methods of practice is better than others. This is why people hire coaches and teachers to guide them down a quicker path.
Once you find a method that works, it’ll only be a matter of time before you master whatever skill you’re trying to master be it a sport, learning a new language, marketable skill, hobby related, or anything else.