Let me be clear. According to Anderson Ericsson, the dude responsible for the 10,000 hour rule, (which his research claims is not a rule but a guideline, btw) the greatest predictor of going from good to great is not what you think.
Ericsson’s research, covered in his worthy read titled Peak, debunks a number of myths regarding the lynchpin of high performance. All kinds of elite athletes are not well coached. Great coaching counts, just not as much as we think. A whole bunch of world class performers did not start early in their chosen profession – doesn’t much matter. And, the world is full of world champions that took forever to focus, single mindedly on their craft. The number one predictor of who makes the jump from good to great?
The amount of hours dedicated to solitary practice.
Turns out that all kinds of athletes work hard during team practice, but only the best of the best put in a volume of training when no one sees. Our own research at BTL agrees. The only athlete to interrupt Coach Ryan (Grappy) and my one on one practice was World, Olympic, and NCAA champion, Kyle Snyder. On multiple occasions, there would be knock on the door, more like a pounding really. I’d open the door to see a shirtless Kyle smiling from ear to cauliflower ear. “Hey man,” he’d begin all apologetically, “there’s nobody else in the room and I really need a spot for this next lift!” So, of course, we would march down to the room and spot him for however long it took. He did this kinda thing all the time.
The greatest predictor of your greatness is not much different. It comes down to how much you want it, doesn’t it? I mean come on man, stop lying to yourself. Saying you want to be great is what all kinds of well intentioned performers preach. Doing the hard, extended efforts, especially in solitary confinement, is what separates the wheat from the chaff. Do more. Do more solitary practice. Of course, for this to become common practice, friend, you’ve got to love more. Nothing fuels sustainable, solitary practice better than more love. Clear?
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…