Last week, I attended a magic show hosted by renowned magician, Peter Morrison. For a full hour, our party was mesmerized by sleight of hand tricks, mentalism, and illusion. Plus, Peter is an engaging personality with a twinkling eye and a winning smile. You can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat.
Between sets, he regaled us with personal stories of his journey as a magician. I was struck by this little tidbit: “I practiced 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week for five years.”
Is there anything you love so much you’d be willing to practice 10 hours a day for five full years? I often say, “I wish I could” when I see somebody doing something cool, never stopping to think how long it probably took them to get there.
That means the thing you love has to become your job before it’s actually your job. And it’s not rocket science—you will get better at whatever you practice.
So here’s two important questions to ponder:
What’s the main thing that deserves your energy?
Can you narrow your brand to discover the things you do really well?
Knowing who you are and what you want is a lifelong process, but the magic is in the process.
It’s time to start practicing now.
Pursue not only what interests you, but also what you’re good at. And remember what Greg McKeown said about priorities in his book, Essentialism.