In the middle of doing the work necessary to prepare for an interview I have tomorrow with Carm Capriotto and Remarkable Results Radio, I decided to stop for a few minutes and share my thoughts on doing the hard work required to achieve anything of consequence. And, while what I’m doing right now isn’t going to take the 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell suggests mastery requires in Outliers. It does require a fair amount of anticipation, research and thoughtfulness.
After all, no one wants to get caught flat-footed in a very public environment like that, especially when the interview is focused on Misfire: What to Do When Things Aren’t Running on All Cylinders, the book I just released. So, you do the work necessary to anticipate the questions most likely to come up: anticipate, and prepare.
Doing the work was necessary when it came to writing Misfire as well.
There are corollaries here that revolve around my diagnosis and treatment for Primary Myelofibrosis, the stem cell/bone marrow transplant that followed and my continuing recovery. I believed — and, still do — that my recovery has had everything to do with my willingness to do the work involved in my treatment and my continuing recovery. That translates to the hours I spent going to yoga classes, spin classes and in meditation. It had everything to do with being as physically and mentally prepared for what was to come as was humanly possible.
Early in my career as a mechanic/technician, I wanted to be the best. But simply wanting something is not likely to make it so. So, I attended every class and seminar that was available to me. The same held true for my desire to become the very best automotive repair shop owner I was capable of becoming. Unfortunately, the same holds true for desire. Which meant countless seminars, boot camps and ultimately a relationship with a coaching/consulting company.
If you were to survey successful people: people who have achieved mastery over a discipline or have accomplished a series of challenging goals and objects, the one thing that would remain glaringly obvious is that they did whatever work was necessary after they made the commitment to succeed.
After all, the only alternative is to quit… Or, carry around a Rabbit’s Foot!
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