August 23, 2012Last updated on November 5, 2016
I spent the weekend with David Deida. What a tornado!
One of the things he said that really resonated was about how does someone internalize and get really fucking good at something. Some people are one hit wonders.
He shared a story of how 999 out of 1000 of Michaelangelo or Van Gogh’s art pieces were thrown away.
The public only saw the 1% that was their best.
There are 3 levels for being like them.
1- Amateur – You try something out and give up or do it occasionally
2- Hobbyist – You do it regularly and maybe make money but you don’t do it consistently
3- Professional – You are doing the work even when you don’t feel like doing it.
This was something Mike Tyson said as well when I saw him in New York.
He showed us some of the top boxers ever. EVER!
Tyson mentioned how all of them lost at least one fight. BOOM. We all fail.
That really stuck with me. The point that everyone starts somewhere and it’s the perseverance and practice that will separate out the winners from the losers.
What do you want to be?