One of my favorite places to vacation is in North Carolina. I just got back from spending a week on a gorgeous mountain top in Spruce Pine, NC with my daughter, Sarah. We brought her little 1 year old daughter, Azalea, with us and I was the "Granny Nanny" while Sarah was in class for the week working on her gem cutting skills with a Master Gem Cutter.
Speaking of the term Master… Do you know what it takes to become a Master at something?
How long does it take to get really good at something?
According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, the average time it takes to become a Master of anything is about 10,000 hours.
Ponder that idea for a moment and think about all the really successful musicians, composers, artists, business owners etc.
Gladwell gives an example of The Beatles and their rise to stardom. It definitely did not happen over night.
In fact, when the Beatles first started playing together in 1957, they weren’t even that good. In 1960 when they were still struggling, they were invited to go to Hamburg, Germany and play in strip clubs.
While in Liverpool, they would perform only one hour shows and it would be their same best songs played over and over again. However once they started playing in Hamburg, they had to play for eight hours straight. Since they were foreigners, they had to try even harder and find a new way of playing. They put their heart and soul into their performances.
By the time they had their first success and came to America to perform on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 they had already performed live twelve hundred times. Most bands today don’t perform that many times in their entire careers.
The time that elapsed between their first gig and one of their greatest achievements – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – was about 10 years.
People often start working on their new home business with high expectations and good intentions, but few will actually do what it takes and see things through to success.
Many have a tendency to be impatient when they don’t get the results they want immediately and begin making excuses and blaming others for their failures. Worse still… they quit.
Success is as dependable as the rules of mathematics. Success is NOT complicated.
According to the Law of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson, you’ll receive money in direct proportion to the following….
1. The need for what you sell or service you provide
2. Your ability to sell or provide the service
3. How difficult you are to replace
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. The key word here is progressive. On your journey to success you’ll be trading your time and your life for a goal so make sure it’s a goal that is worthwhile.
The more passionate you are about your goal, the longer you are likely to be persistent and consistent in moving toward it.
Move toward a predetermined target.
You will start getting paid a little in the beginning. Your first sale is usually the hardest to make. Then each one gets easier.
In my first attempt at marketing a Top Tier program back in 1998, it took me a full six months to make my first sale. Surprisingly, I made my second sale the very next week!
When you actually experience success, you not only believe you can be successful… you have proof in knowing you can succeed.
Once you have achieved success and time freedom, then you have options. You can pick and choose other projects to work on, and you can add more passive residual income to your portfolio.
If you’ll do tomorrow what others won’t, you will be able to live tomorrow like others can’t.
Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and follow it.
Don’t put off your success by failing to take action. Be effective with your time. Create a habit of time management and use whatever system works best for you.
Don’t get frustrated. Know that success takes time. Do what you love… and you’ll breeze through those 10,000 hours to achieve Mastery.
Life is not about the destination though. It's about the Journey – It's all about the person you become in the process.
Enjoy Your Journey!;-)