Persistence and “Talent Buying”

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race Calvin Coolidge

Many people may say “I have no special skill or talent. I have nothing to offer that is unique or special”. In truth, everyone has something they can contribute to society. Everyone is unique and every two people are different, even if their talents are the same.

Think of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, arguably the best electric guitarists around. Yet each has their own sound they’ve added to the music world.

You too can develop your own skill!

Here’s how:

1. Choose something you would love to know how to do. It could be playing guitar, juggling fire, basketball, whatever.

2. Resolve that in every free minute you have you will dedicate it to achieving your dream talent.

3. Clock your hours. It will be tiring, boring and unfulfilling at first, but after a while you will begin to see drastic improvement.

4. 250 hours! That’s your goals and that is the approximate amount of time you need in order to become fairly good at a single talent.

5. Congratulations! You now have something to impress both you and your friends. Now, choose either to pursue a new talent or continue practicing your current passion.

So what’s in 250 hours of practice?
250 hours is equal to about 4 hours of practice every day for 2 months. Your talent increases exponentially each 2,000 hour mark.

So what does it take to be professional? According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of his newest Outliers, claims that everyone – Mozart, Bill Gates, The Beatles, Olympian athletes – all had 10,000 hours of solid practice before they achieved their first signs of world-class success.

10,000 hours equals 5 1/2 hours a day, every day, for 5 years.

So what more can I say? Get started!


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