An Expert is One Who Has Spent Much Time With the Material

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.

This really goes hand in hand with my rant last week on living in this instant gratification world. Masters aren’t created overnight. Success is not going to fall in your lap while you sit around watching reality television. A publisher is not going to want to publish your novel simply because you finished a 100,000-word novel during NaNoWriMo (That one happened four years ago, and has really has scarred me for life.)

It just doesn’t work that way.

There are very few long-standing experts in any field who got there overnight. In fact, in every single case, the person in question has spent a good chunk of their life becoming good at whatever it is they are good at. They’ve put in the hours to become recognized as being good in their field.

Being who I am, I’m going to blame the advent of reality programming for playing a part in this belief that all you need is to wait for someone to recognize your inner genius and pay you millions of dollars for it, even if your only talent is being able to burp your own name.

If you want to succeed in something, practice. Find excuses to practice it. Make practicing and becoming better a habit in your life. It’s the only way you’ll ever stand a chance of becoming that superstar you’re dreaming of becoming.

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