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How To Get Really Good At Something

A ceramics instructor split her class into two groups, and told the class to make the most perfect pot possible. The first group, however, was told that they are only to make one perfect pot. The second group was instructed to make as many pots as possible in the given time.

Which group made the better pot?

The second group who cranked out as many as possible made far better pots. 

The pressure to create the perfect pot often leads us paralyzed from actually taking action. Instead of waking up, and writing my ass off, I often times read a few books, write down a ton of notes, plan out the perfect model, discuss the idea with everyone and their mother, and then never actually publish the damn thing.

When I was personal training, I use to see people spending so much time reading, researching, and creating the “perfect exercise plan” that they had no time to actually, you know, go exercise.

When in reality, this plan would have worked just fine: Move. And then move a little better (go-faster, lift heavier, add sets, add reps, add time) the next time.

I see this everywhere.

My friends who understand investing money the best tend to invest the most money. People with the most friends, talk to the most strangers. My friends who are the best with girls simply talk to the most girls. They don’t have a perfect line. The best writers write everyday. The best speakers speak.

Arnold Schwarzenegger trained 5 hours a day. Andre Agassi hit 2,000 tennis balls everyday as a kid. Jerry Seinfeld wrote a new joke everyday. Between his 21st birthday, and 31st birthday Bill Gates did not take a single day off. Kanye West “did 5 beats for three summers, he deserves to do these numbers.”

And the students who craft the best pots, make more pots.

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