The Good Fight Wed, Dec 16, 2015
-King Henry, Henry V
I saw a quote the other day which stuck with me a bit. The quote was, "You don't have to have talent to practice." I like it because it conveys quite a bit with a short phrase. When you first enter a hobby or position, it can be easy to become discouraged when you compare yourself to the talented masters of that field. For example, I enjoy writing, and I plan on pursuing it professionally in the future. Because of that, I spend a lot of time reading all sorts of literature. But even though I go into it with the mindset of learning from professionals, there are many times where I go, "Man, this is so good! There's no way I'll ever make it to this level."
Well, what am I going to do about it? Stephen King suggests that aspiring writers should write AT LEAST 1000 words per day. So I do. Some days I feel like I'm not making any progress. Sometimes I write a thousand words of rambling nonsense. Some days I'm tempted to delete the entirety of what I wrote just so I don't have to look at it. But even if you feel talent-less or inept, as long as you're improving even the TINIEST BIT from yesterday, you are on the path to mastery! You can surpass the vast majority of other people with perseverance alone. It doesn't require us to be smart, or strong, or skilled. It just requires us to pick it up ONE MORE TIME.