How to become the best at anything
by Yann Girard
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Sometimes the muse hits me and I know exactly what to write about.
Sometimes it takes me just two minutes to write an entire post.
Sometimes it feels like I’ve never done anything else than this. It’s just there. I can’t help it.
But only sometimes. This only happens some of the time. But not all of the time. Here’s what it’s like most of the time. How it’s almost all the time. Just like right now.
No muse. No lightning. And more than one hour to write that damn thing. To even come up with a damn thing to write about. It’s almost always like this:
It’s about taking a conscious decision to sit down. To open that laptop. And to start. To start writing. To start drawing. To start playing. Or whatever. No excuses.
No matter where you’re currently at. No matter what you’re currently doing. No matter what’s currently going on around you.
When you’re in a shitty room with three other people that only costs €3 per night.
When you’re so tired that all you want to do is sleep because you’ve slept on the floor at an airport the other night.
When there’s a rooster crowing every five minutes.
When there is a super annoying announcement being made over a megaphone in Vietnamese for the past thirty minutes.
When in the moment you’re writing about the rooster a constant hammering starts.
And when the announcement turns into super annoying music in one of the worst audio qualities you’ve ever heard in your entire life.
That’s what it’s like almost all the time. That’s what it’s like right now. That’s exactly what happened when I wrote this.
That’s when you have to do your thing. No matter what. No excuses.
There are ALWAYS thousands of excuses to NOT do something.
And if you don’t do something, whatever your something is and if you give in to these excuses, to these distractions, you’ll never ever become the best at your something.
I know it’s hard. It’s always hard. And tempting.
As a matter of fact you might maybe never even get started.
Because you’re waiting for the best conditions. Because you’re waiting for the rain to stop. You’re waiting for the sun to come out. For the rooster to stop. For that hammering to stop. And for that shitty music to stop.
But the rain will never stop. The sun will never come out. The rooster will never stop. The hammering will never stop. And if they do they will be replaced by crazy honking. Or kids screaming. Or whatever.
The rain only stops when you do your thing. When you create your art. Or whatever it is you’re doing.
That’s when the sun will come out again. That’s when you will finally feel its warmth on your skin again.
That’s when everything else around you will just disappear. That’s when all the distractions will disappear.
And that’s how you ultimately become the best at anything..