Saturday, May 7, 2005

Be Brilliant

Pretty inspirational stuff from David Pollard:

Have the courage to assess what you're really good at (or if you're still young, work at something until you're really good at it. I mean brilliant. If there's more than two things you're not focused enough. Then work harder and practice longer until you're even better at those one or two things, world class, in a class by yourself. That will mean not doing a lot of things that are fun, or interesting, or which you're merely competent at. That will mean not juggling, just going all out knowing that if you fail at these one or two things you're going to have to start over. Very scary, but absolutely necessary. If the greatest inventors in history had decided instead to become second-rate concert pianists, we might today be living in the dark, and telling our tales orally.

Focus on one or two things and become an expert.

If you want to make a difference in this world, you need to know yourself, to perfect what you do well until you're brilliant at it, to focus your energies, and to show others courageously that nobody does it better.

Gosh, this is much easier said than done. But, I think he's absolutely right. Its tough to enjoy an activity unless you are really good at it, when you are at the top of the game.

How can we get into Csikszentmihalyi's flow?

Flow, whether in creative arts, athletic competition, engaging work, or spiritual practice, is a deep and uniquely human motivation to excel, exceed, and triumph over limitation.

When you're in the flow, time both stops and flies.