Quote of the Day

Vector illustration of speech bubbles“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~Bruce Lee

In the 1970s there was a television commercial for Colt 45 beer where an elderly lady is asking a street maintenance worker in New York City how can she get to the concert venue Carnegie Hall. The man responds, “Lady, ya gotta practise!”

She was asking for directions of course whereas her interlocutor assumes she wants to appear on the world famous stage. The point here is that if you really want to be good at something, and by that I mean better than most other people, then it takes determination, discipline and a dedication to mastering your craft with practice, practice and more practice. No one starts out as a master of their craft. Every maestro started as a tyro.

Jimmy Page mastered the guitar with thousands of hours of practice. Eric Clapton did too. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote plenty of bad songs in their teenage years but they just kept writing until they started to write some truly exceptional songs. Bruce Lee mastered Kung Fu with hours of practice daily for years and years.

If you want to stand head and shoulders above everyone else then you’ve got to master your craft, whatever it is. You have to be dedicated and disciplined and mastering technique has got to matter to you. It has to matter to you that you have perfect technique and that requires a lot of repetition. They might seem boring but if you want to be the best, you’ve got to practise. It’s not easy of course but no one ever gets recognition for what they do without having paid their dues first.

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