For most people, work is hard enough without pushing even harder. Those extra steps are so difficult and painful they almost never get done. That’s the way it must be. If great performance were easy, it wouldn’t be rare. Which leads to possibly the deepest question about greatness. While experts understand an enormous amount about the behavior that produces great performance, they understand very little about where that behavior comes from. The authors of one study conclude, “We still do not know which factors encourage individuals to engage in deliberate practice.” Or as University of Michigan business school professor Noel Tichy puts it after 30 years of working with managers, “Some people are much more motivated than others, and that’s the existential question I cannot answer- why.” The critical reality is that we are not hostage to some naturally granted level of talent. We can make ourselves what we will. Strangely, that idea is not popular. People hate abandoning the notion that they would coast to fame and riches if they found their talent. But that view is tragically constraining, because when they hit life’s inevitable bumps in the road, they conclude that they just aren’t gifted and give up.
May be we can’t expect most people to achieve greatness. It’s just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn’t reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone.
What made Warren Buffett the world’s premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who come into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told FORTUNE, he was “wired at birth to allocate capital.” It’s a one in a million thing. You’ve got it-or you don’t.
Well, folks, it’s not that simple. For one thing, you do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don’t exist. Sorry, Warren, you are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many many years. And not just by hard work, but work of a particular type that’s demanding and painful. Buffett, for instance, is famed for his discipline and the hours he spends on reading and studying annual reports of potential investment targets. While everybody busying looking for profit, he sat there stay out of crowd for read and think.
The good news is that your lack of a natural gift is irrelevant- talent has nothing to do with greatness. You can make yourself into any number of things, and you can even make yourself great. Understanding that talents doesn’t means intelligent, motivation, or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well.
So greatness isn’t handed to anyone; it requires a lot of hard work. Yet, this isn’t enough. The most people devote into their field adopts deliberate practice. It is the intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results, and involves high levels of repetition.
The first major conclusion is that nobody is great without work. It’s nice to believe that if you find the field where you’re naturally gifted, you’ll be great from day one, but it’s doesn’t happen. For me to find where I am today, It took me a tipping point. Reinforcing that no free lunch finding is vast evidence that even the most accomplished people need around ten years of hard work before becoming world-class, a pattern so well established researchers call it the ten-year rule. For this instance, you need think in all respective, what are you focusing to what you want to become?
Next I will be writing about the ART of my passion.