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What Are You Good At?

Ever see a James Bond movie? He’s good at everything: driving, swimming, romancing, martial arts, computers, you name it.

Bond’s skill set makes for great theater, but that’s all it’s good for. Here’s the reality: No one is good at everything. It takes lots of work to be good at even one thing. How much work? About 10,000 hours’ worth.

That’s why the title of this article really caught my eye. “You’re Probably Not Very Good at Most Things.”

It serves as a reminder — and reassurance — that you don’t have to be good at everything. You can become wildly successful by being good at one or two things.
Look at Albert Einstein. He was no Renaissance Man. He thought mostly about physics. Forget being well-rounded. Develop sharp edges.

Someone who knows a LITTLE history, a LITTLE French, and a LITTLE about science can make a fascinating dinner companion. But greatness? No, that comes from focusing on only one thing.

What’s your thing?

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Would you like to improve at what you do? “The Improvement Factor: How Winners Turn Practice into Success” can show you how! Are you a coach? “Ten Things Great Coaches Know” can make you a better one. Looking for motivation? Read “Thank God You’re Lazy!: The Instant Cure for What’s Holding You Back.”


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