What it takes to be Great
Seth Godin has a recent post about the secret to be successful on the web (it’s a virtue). This secret is what it takes to be great in any endeavor that you pursue. Greatness comes only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. There is increasing evidence that shows that the most accomplished people need around ten years of hard work before becoming world-class, it is often referred to the ten-year rule. The best people in any field devote the most hours to deliberate practice. This practice is intended to improve performance, goes beyond one's level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition. Also consistency is key with an aim to get better over time.
So the reality of this is, talent has little or nothing to do with greatness. We can make ourselves what we will. Sometimes this idea is not popular with people who are not an overnight success and encounter a dip. Then they conclude that they just aren't gifted and give up.
Seth puts it like this:
“But the strategy still takes forever. The strategy is the hard part, not the tactics. I discovered a lucky secret the hard way about thirty years ago: you can outlast the other guys if you try. If you stick at stuff that bores them, it accrues. Drip, drip, drip you win.”
When the difficult challenges arise (the Dips), will you quit or will you push through and leap ahead of the competition?