In Malcolm Gladwell’s great book “Outliers” he states that it takes 10,000 hours to truly master a skill. (This also means focused people finish first.) A friend of mine sent me a link to an interview with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain who said he still practices three hours a day–every day . . . and he’s in his sixties. This leads to an observation. When you love something, you tend to want to do it all the time. Those of us who have followed our hearts don’t mind putting in the time to improve because we love what we do–and although many of us may not have a one track mind, we can focus when we are interested in something.
Many of us will say, “Well, I’m no Einstein.” True enough. But some of Einstein greatest traits are things many of us also possess–but may not use. His ability to fail but continue to try is something we can all emulate. His incredible curiosity is also something any of us can implement in our lives. If we ask ourselves, “Is there a better way to do this?” for each and every task we perform we will come up with all kinds of clever and creative new ways to do things. Many people forget Einstein started as a clerk in the Patent office. Don’t discount your inner genius even if you aren’t the president of your company.
There is an expression that people all put their pants on the same way, one leg at a time. It makes you wonder if each of us has the ability to be the next Steve Jobs. He was known for his attention to detail. We can all learn a lesson there. Jobs also understood how to give people what they want–even if they didn’t know they wanted it yet. We can also shift the focus from ourselves and instead figure out how to give people what they need so we can have what we want.