Basketball players like Kobe Bryant used to get home from school and doing nothing but hit the basketball courts. They’d play for hours and hours, and spend every minute they could becoming better at the game. Coincidentally, athletes like Kobe Bryant who played their games almost non-stop rose to very high levels of skill.
Certainly, there were people with true physical disadvantages but rarely do human beings enjoy a subject which they are disadvantaged at. While not an athlete, Bill Gates used to create computer programs for classroom organization that moved the prettiest girls in the class next to him.
Both Kobe Bryant and Bill Gates were having a lot of fun. Today, they have been respected as some of the greatest individuals in their field, basketball and computer software. Many times they did it because they had found what was fun to them.
There’s a common idea that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery at something. Starting from scratch, that seems like a bitch. Consider though, what do you already, organically, have close to 10,000 hours in. I probably have close to 10,000 hours of writing, and going on 1,000 of hosting philosophy discussion groups. I started 14 years ago for the latter, and 3 years ago for the former. I often find both pretty fun.
What is fun to someone, they tend to do by compulsion. Those who do things naturally and as they are compelled to do them, tend to get really good. I know of a kid who could spit every fact about pokemon to you. Maybe he has some other field he struggles in, but in that one, he is a genius. I knew of a Columbian immigrant who was struggling with math but kicked ass on the soccer field. There have a plethora of individuals still, who do meager in academics but are borderline geniuses in the arts.
They are this way because they have found their drive for fun. Life can be fun, for anyone who would choose it, and where someone chooses to develop their organic talents through their natural enjoyment, they may begin to refine their own sense of genius. Learning to exist in the natural and real world does not have to be a self-sacrifice, and those who make it so are often unhappy. Finding the passion in yourself is key to refining your abilities to create value in this world, both for yourself and others.
Until next time,