In yesterday’s post we talked about finding what you care enough about to get hit. Once you do that, you will have a road map guiding you to what you need to be doing in order to excel.
Once you know what you are passionate about (so passionate that you will endure hits and headaches) you have to develop that craft.
In yesterday’s example, I talked about how Shin-Shoo Choo realized at a young age that he loved baseball enough to take pitches off the gut. But he wouldn’t have received $130 (let alone $130 million) if he stopped there and never worked on his game. Without knowing him, it is pretty safe to say that he has put in thousands of hours practicing his hitting, fielding and running.
Now you may be saying, “that is great, but I am not a little league baseball player. I have a job and a family and responsibilities and I can’t just spend all my time working on whatever I want.”
That is a great point.
And to that I would say, if you are really passionate about something, you will find the time.
My friend Aaron has a fantastic post on his blog about how we can all create a little extra time for ourselves.
Aaron uses the funny example of our friend John to show that you can create 15 extra days throughout the year, without much effort.
Here’s an excerpt.
“Maybe waking up two hours earlier every morning is ambitious, especially for those of us that love sleep. But, if we just attempted this for one hour and stretched it out to every day, even weekends, we would add 364 hours to our year – 15 days.”
(Click here to read the rest of Aaron’s post.)
Aaron asks the question, “What could you do with 15 extra days in your year?”
Developing your skills at what you really care about would be a great place to start.