Thursday, March 11, 2010
Practicing pt 3 - a little hard work never hurt anyone
If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.
Renaissance sculptor and painter
When I played with Michael Jordan on the Olympic team, there was a huge gap between his ability and the ability of the other great players on that team But what impressed me was that he was always the first one on the floor and the last one to leave.
Olympic gold medalist and NBA player
Legendary violinist Issac Stern was once confronted by a middle-aged woman after a concert. She gushed “Oh, I’d give my life to play like you!”
“Lady,” said Stern acidly, “that I did!”
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.