You Don’t Need To Be Good At Many Things, You Need To Be Great At One

Louis Chew
May 1, 2017 · 5 min read

One Thing Leads To Another

You’ll know who Michael Jordan is even if you don’t follow the sport of basketball. He’s the greatest of all time in basketball. During his playing career, he was compensated as such, inking a contract which paid him $33 million for one season. It was unheard of, and he became a wealthy man by all measures.

The Superstar Effect

One reality of life is that the best reap much larger rewards than their slightly less talented peers. The phenomenon is well documented; it’s been named the Superstar Effect.

Getting To The Next Level

The difference between good and great is often smaller than we think. It’s marginal, although the consequences of this difference do not make it apparent. You need only be better, even just 1% better, to triumph over your competitor. We see this in athletics, where the difference comes down to milliseconds. As Al Pacino says, “the inches we need are everywhere around us”.

Great In One, Good At Many

When you become truly great at one thing, doors you never knew existed will open to you.

Make The Jump

Don’t get caught up with the shiny objects that pop up from time to time. There may be good opportunities, but it won’t matter if it’s not the right one. Find something you can commit to and double down on it.


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The Mission

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org